Teresa Ann (Kryger) Gray
July 27, 1968 – December 29, 2020
Teresa crossed over into God’s loving arms December 29, 2020 due to complications of cancer. With guidance and support of Endless Journey Hospice and Amada Health care, her husband, Randy and children; Teresa passed quietly and comfortably in her bed at home in Omaha with Randy, daughter, Alexis and step-daughter, Cait by her side.
Teresa was born July 27, 1968 in San Pedro, CA. Moving around a bit, as her father served in the USAF, the family eventually settled in Bellevue, NE in 1979. Teresa attended Papillion-LaVista High School, graduating in 1986. Upon graduation, Teresa attended college at UNO and worked part time as a bookkeeper at Walgreen’s to help finance her education. She decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and enlisted in the USAF in 1990.
Her first assignment landed her at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, where she served as a radar operator on the AWACS. She flew missions during the first Gulf war and over the U.S. borders. During one particular mission over the Gulf of Mexico, Teresa spotted and identified a plane that looked suspicious. Her surveillance allowed authorities to locate the plane which was being used to smuggle drugs.
AWACS duty required she be away from home over 260 days a year, and she wanted to meet someone and start a family, so she decided to change her career field to finance in 1995. While home on leave in 1997, she met her future husband, Randy Gray. While it wasn’t love at first sight for Teresa, Randy was persistent and won her over, marrying May 22, 1999.
Teresa excelled as a financial analyst, responsible at times for hundreds of millions of dollars in budget. Her military career spanned 20 years and landed in her many locations such as Greece, Turkey, Germany, and the U.K. She served with honor and distinction and retired in 2010 as a Master Sergeant.
Teresa was a kind and caring person, loved by everyone she met. She enjoyed exploring, travel, dinner with friends, boating, roller skating and true to her finance background, keeping her family in line by demanding they all take the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class and stick to their budget.
Teresa fought cancer with great courage. Her hope was unwavering and her faith was profound. Teresa was an inspiration to me and to many. Teresa will certainly be remembered most for her favorite roles in life: wife, mom, stepmom and grandma. She was a good one.
She was receded in death by her parents, Darrell and Marie Kryger; nephew, Ian Ray. She is survived by husband, Randy Gray; their daughter, Alexis, her step daughters: Danielle Fasse, Gretna (Jon), Cait Scott, Omaha; sister, Debbie (Bruce) Klosterbuer, Omaha; sister, Cindy Freeman, Knoxville, TN; brothers, Jeff (Sharon) Kryger Bellevue, NE, Duane (Varla) Kryger, Sioux Falls, SD; 3 grandchildren.
Teresa’s Celebration of Life will be Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:30 a.m., the family will begin receiving visitors at 9:30 a.m., Waters Edge Church, 19600 Harrison St, Gretna, NE, and online at The Water’s Edge and www.youtube.com/weomaha
The service will be followed by a luncheon. Internment: Resurrection Cemetery with military rites.
The family asks that any memorial gifts be given to The Water’s Edge Church, Omaha, NE.