Teresa Gabriel Harbaugh
Teresa Gabriel Harbaugh, beacon of love, devoted mother and wife, business owner, art devotee and philanthropist, died unexpectedly Jan. 6.
Born in 1948 to Doris and Louis Gabriel, Teresa grew up in San Bernardino, Calif., attending St. Bernardine’s High School. In 1969, she graduated from the University of Santa Clara, during which time she studied at the University of Vienna. Continuing her studies at Mills College, UC Berkeley, she received a Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego in 1971.
In 1973 she married her soul mate Paul Harbaugh, and in Denver, they began an extraordinary life of love, family, travel, art making and philanthropy. As the matriarch and pillar of her family, and friend to so many, Teresa emanated grace, kindness and strength. She was effervescent in life. We learned from her how to be positive and calm—a force for good. She was Paul’s partner in life and they were a most beautiful and elegant team in everything they did.
Teresa was an artist in every way. In 1980 she founded AZUSA Publishing Inc., a Native American and Western history card company, which brought long forgotten images into the mainstream. She was a long-time member for the Public Art Commission/Cherry Hills Village Arts Commission, and a founding board member of Englewood Art in 2001. She was a member of the Aspen Meadows Art Advisory Committee/Aspen Institute, and a strong supporter of the Denver Art Museum, CU, DU and University of New Mexico Art Museums, among others. Her visions and opinions were creative and fresh, and she was exceptionally knowledgeable about art, music and contributing effectively to a board.
Teresa leaves behind her husband of 42 years, Paul Harbaugh; daughter Phaedra Harbaugh Sepesi, DDS, of Houston, Texas; son Jerad Harrison Harbaugh of Englewood; and sisters Dayna Donatelli, Jan Marchese, Paula Yavari and Tricia Gabriel.
The service is planned for Friday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch. In lieu of flowers, you may remember Teresa with a donation to the Cherry Hills Village Arts Commission (www.cherryhillsvillage.com/pac) or to Englewood Arts (www.englewoodarts.org). Check www.bullockmortuary.com for details.
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