Teresa Makenzie Sperry

February 22, 2011 - September 27, 2021

02/22/2011 - 09/27/2021

Past Services

Saturday October 09, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
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The family has requested all those in attendance to please wear a mask, their favorite color and to bring a colorful pen.

Sunday October 10, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Additional Information:

The family has requested all those in attendance to please wear a mask, their favorite color and to bring a colorful pen.

Sunday October 10, 2021
4:00 pm

Additional Information:


Holly Lawn Cemetery

1525 N. Main Street

Suffolk, VA 23454


The family has requested all those in attendance to please wear a mask, their favorite color and to bring a colorful pen.

Teresa Makenzie Sperry entered this world on February 22, 2011 and left us on September 27, 2021 at 4:46 p.m. due to complications from Covid-19.  In her brief 10 years on this Earth, Teresa was a ray of light and positivity to many.  She was a friend to all even to those that would bully her.  Teresa had an appreciation for the arts.  She loved drawing, dancing at home, and singing. She was an active Girl Scout with Troop 313 in Suffolk, Va.  She attended her meetings virtually or in person when it was safe to do so.  Teresa was proud to be a Husky at Hillpoint Elementary School where she attended since September 8, 2015 with the Early Start program. After the shutdowns, Teresa started to learn how to sew. She wanted to learn how to make clothing and her family would joke that she would need to be her mother’s personal designer.  She was a daddy’s girl in every step of the way.  Teresa leaves behind her father Jeff, mother Nicole, three protective brothers: Jonathan (16), Sean (14), and Michael (9).  As well as numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so many friends.  Covid-19 took her away from us as quickly as she started showing symptoms.  And her heart that was large enough to care about everyone she met was not strong enough to stay with us.  
Visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Southside Chapel 5033 Rouse Dr. Virginia Beach on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 6 p.m..  Funeral services will be conducted at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Southside Chapel on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.  Our Diva, Our Princess will be laid to rest at Holly Lawn Cemetery following the service at approximately 4 p.m..  Following the service, please join her family at Lake Meade Park located next to Holly Lawn Cemetery for a time to come together and celebrate her life.  Her family has the following requests for anyone attending any of the events listed: wear your favorite color, all in attendance must have a mask on, and please bring your own colored pen so that you may share a memory that you treasure of Teresa Sperry in the journal that her family will keep.  

Poem for Teresa

My heart is broken

Like a million pieces of glass.

What once was so full

Is empty so fast.

I miss my princess,

The most loving person I know.

I can’t hear her laugh anymore,

I can’t watch her grow.

She would have been beautiful.

She’s just like her mom.

I see her dance in my heart

But I won’t see her go to prom.

She is so kind to her friends.

Always takes care of those around her.

I won’t see her babies,

She would have been a wonderful mother.

I can’t find the end to this,

I’m hurting too bad.

With this hole in my heart

I’m nothing but sad.

Forever my Princess.

*Jeff Sperry*


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9 months ago

Me, Teresa, and Nasir complete 100 piece puzzle

10 months ago

Grandpa has his hands Full

10 months ago

Grandpa has his hands Full

10 months ago

SQUIRM 1st Grade Spring Musical

5 months ago

I support computer issues around the state and have been just down the street from the school many times, parked on the side of the road, finishing an email before heading home.
Little did I know that one of God’s Angel was so near and walked the school everyday passing along blessings and words of support to those who Teresa met along her way.
Her picture with her story, showing her smile touched me so, that tears were hard to hold back. Then I thought how special she had to have been and will be in Heaven. That brought back my smile knowing she had lived and her memory will be forever alive.
It is hard to express, but hoping only comfort to her family who have all those precious memories to hold on to now that she is an Angel in Heaven.
Please know that many people around the country were touched by her smile from a picture of her. What a wonderful child, a blessing and eternal hope for us all…….TY
Jesus is Lord and he lives today all around us. Stop for a moment to take notice. You will be glad you did…….Teresa, we will see you again in Heaven…….

Colleen Douglas
6 months ago

So sorry for your loss. I could not imagine the pain you and your family are going through.

Fareeda Pathan
6 months ago

beautiful angel

Jennifer Jenkins
6 months ago

Dear Nicole,
I am a mother of a 6th-grade boy, an ICU nurse who worked in LA’s worst covid units during the height of the Los Angeles “covid surge,” and now recently a nurse for our high school district. I have seen countless covid tragedies in the last two years; I was a resource nurse in the ICU- that means I cared for almost every patient every shift so that nurses could take their breaks.
It is a unique experience, knowing every patient, not just the few a staff nurse would typically care for. But that also meant that I had to respond to every code and emergency. I never imagined that I would be in a position where I would be running from room to room with half-stocked crash carts helplessly trying to resuscitate four, five, even six patients in any given night- and every night losing all of them. I stayed with patients as they passed and tried not to listen when their families would wail and sob because their mother/father/sibling/grandparent “was fine” yesterday, and now they are gone. Nobody should ever have to die in the hospital without their loved ones present- especially not watching on an Ipad. Each story was tragic, and I felt for every person we lost and cried after most of my shifts.
That was a year ago now, and I had not experienced that feeling of sorrow or grief again until today when I read the article Michael Daly wrote about Teresa’s passing and the details of your experience. He needed to report that, exactly how he did. I don’t think any parent could read that and not understand the pain of what you experienced- no matter their political position or opinion of covid; I hope more anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers read that article because those emotions are what tend to move people to change.
I feel so deeply for your loss, the world’s loss; she probably would have changed it for the better had she been given a chance. I am sorry for the countless individuals who care nothing about others and for those who speak and act negligently as a standard way of living. It’s so disappointing, every day, realizing how much of the population lacks compassion and any goodwill. However, many DO exhibit those traits, and I can tell that Teresa was one of those people. She was a beautiful girl, and she is an angel now. She is with you; she will stay close to you and will not leave you until she knows that you will be ok. Her photos show a kind, exuberant, tenacious, and remarkable little girl. My heart aches, and I cry when I see her kind eyes. I cry for her and selfishly for myself because that could have been my son, and it still can because so many negligent people live beside us every day.
I know you are fighting and will fight this until the end. I am sorry that her school, where she spent years learning and growing, has failed to honor her with respect and the honesty she rightfully deserves.
Again, from one mother to another, I am deeply sorry for the pain your family is experiencing and the situation you are going through. I hope it comforts you to know that your little girl is in a place with no bullies, no covid, no pain, no injustices. Hug your boys twice as long every day until eternity; it is a beautiful gift to have not one- but three. Support and lean on one another; together, you are stronger.

Francesco Aurelius Finizio
8 months ago

The loss of your beautiful girl could never be summed up bu words or the condolences of a stranger. I hope the pain you are feeling will be someday filled with the love and memories of your little girl. May god keep her and someday you will share eternity with her beautiful soul.

Dana K Grigg
8 months ago

Dear Sperry Family, I read about you and your daughter on the CNN Website. My condolences to you. I live in Idaho around some very STUBBORN people who feel that the Covid vaccine should not be mandatory. It is heartbreaking that the no-vaxers have no sense of community to keep the youth and health compromised safe. I compare the no-vaxers to drunk drivers. They are selfish and very destructive. I wish you peace ang joyful memories of your sweet daughter. I understand the pain a parent experiences with the loss of a child. May the happy memories of your daughter provide you with strength for the rest of your lives.