Terry Dom Sears

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Terry Dom Sears

June 07, 1960 - February 27, 2019

Terry Dom Sears Terry (Dom) Sears - June 7, 1960 - February 27, 2019. Terry, 59, of Northridge, Calif., passed away peacefully at her home in Northridge.
She is survived by her husband, David Sears, also of Cumberland and who now lives in Northridge; her twin sister, Sherry (Dom) Zawodniak, Ellicott City; and her parents, Wilbert Homer Dom Jr. and Clara Lou (Walls) Dom, who reside in Hyndman, Pa.
Terry was born and raised in the Cumberland area, attended LaVale Elementary School (in whose library there was a book co-authored by Terry and her twin sister), Braddock Jr. High (where she met her future husband), and Allegany High School (where she excelled, including being the editor of her senior year yearbook, 1978). Terry earned two degrees in four years while working her way through a pre-med program; her degrees were in biology and journalism from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster.
Terry and her high school sweetheart, David, married in 1983 and set up house in Radford, Va., where she worked for the local newspaper. In 1986 Terry relocated with her husband to California where she enjoyed a progressive career in business-to-business communications. In the main, her work was within two areas: specialized instruments that included support to the Hubble Space Telescope and later in the semiconductor industry with a company that does the magical things that make smart phones ever better.
Terry was an adventurous spirit who expressed enthusiasm for all human experience. She loved to travel and read, constantly feeding and improving her mind and her character. Her most favorite trip was one taken to the Amazon, where she covered 350 miles of the river from Iquitos, Peru, and into portions of Columbia and Brazil. She loved, loved, loved that trip.
Terry was a master gift-giver who astonished others with her keen insights about what would please them. People cherish and speak of her gifts even decades later. One of her favorite activities was to prepare Easter baskets for the local shelter on a grand scale. With support from friends and neighbors, she'd set up an assembly line in our living room and then deliver over a hundred baskets.
She was interrupted in her prime by breast cancer that she beat, but whose cure may have triggered Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Terry lived darned well with her challenges for the last eleven years of her life, but brain failure is what ended her. She was still traveling with support as recently as June of last year. One of her favorite phrases was, "Sounds fun...let's Go!"
Terry was beloved everywhere she went. She was a person who connected people. She was the one you'd remember from the big party because she was genuine, engaging, and you just felt better about life and yourself while in her presence.
Memorials in her honor will be scheduled for a later time.
Published on March 2, 2019
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4 posts

Glenna Sears-Brinker
Mar 12, 2019
She was your light. She was your love. One light; one love.
Kathy L Stair
Mar 11, 2019
Homer and Clara Lou you are in my prayers, what a beautiful tribute to your daughter.
Tom Conlon
Mar 10, 2019
Dave, I never met your wife but feel like I somehow got to enjoy part of her warmth and your love for her through your commentary. No one needs to tell you to cherish the love and memories you have amassed. Love you brother. May God bless and keep you strong.
Marsha
Mar 06, 2019
Sounds like a wonderful spirit! Prayers to her family and friends who had the pleasure of knowing her. How said it is to have a light like this snuffed out so soon...