Lisa Terry

Not long ago, Lisa Marie Terry’s days revolved around her horses and horse competitions -- an undertaking only slightly less demanding than caring for twin 2-year-olds.

'The horses eat before the people eat,' said Sarah Tupper, a horsewoman and friend. 'The stalls are cleaned before the beds are made.' On weekends, Ms. Terry, 42, was up by 5 a.m. for shows.

But she had drawn away from the horse world. Smoke, her favorite mare, died. 'She bought Smoke as a teenager,' Ms. Tupper said. 'In those days, riding was about saddling Smoke, meeting your best friend and trail riding all afternoon.'

The pressure at work -- she was a vice president at Marsh & McLennan’s Michigan office -- had increased. She was away on business more often. On Sept. 11, her work took her to the World Trade Center.

Two years ago, she sold the farm. But last summer, she was horse shopping again. She missed the riding life and the company of horse people. 'We always end up at somebody’s barn,' Ms. Tupper said. 'People have great houses. But we sit in the barn, drink a beer and talk about horses.'

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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Rest in peace Lisa.
Ellen Stanton , Colleague
Sep 12 2016 3:13PM
You are not forgotten, Lisa.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 12 2016 0:18AM
Lisa, it's hard to believe it's been 14 years since that horrible day. I think you would be happy to know that MQHA has a memorial show in your honor every year in Ludington. It has become one of the best shows they have all year.
Natalie Rhoads, Friend
Sep 16 2015 9:26AM
Remembering you today, Lisa. We will never forget you.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 11 2015 5:01PM
Thinking of you today, you are never forgotten.
Linda Abersold-Burns, Colleague
Sept 10 2015 10:38 PM
Lisa, I want you to know that I visited your stone at the Memorial in NYC this year with my entire family, including my 15 year-old daughter. She said 'Tell me about her, Daddy...' I told her your story then...and then again this morning to my colleagues here in Cleveland. I will never forget you.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 12:16PM
We still think of you often, Lisa, and hope you are living the good life up in heaven. Rest in peace.
Lauri Hanson, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 11:34AM
Another year has passed since that horrid morning. You are still missed and thought of often. Rest in peace Lisa.
Ellen Stanton, Colleague
Sep 11 2014 12:13AM
Lisa, I am remembering you today. We did not know each other, but we share the same initials. I am in the Iowa City office, Exec-U-Care department. I will always remember 9/11/01 and the sadness and quietness that filled our office when we found out. I remember calling my mom in tears. We just needed to touch base with family. I hope your family knows how much we all care about all those lost, and that you are now our angels. Ever on.
Lori Tenold, Colleague
Sep 11 2013 1:31PM
It's been 12 years since that dreadful morning. You are still remembered. There is a plaque in the lobby with your name on it. As it should be.
Ellen Stanton, Colleague
Sep 10 2013 11:06PM
Thinking of you today.
Beth Johnson, Friend
Sep 11 2012 5:11PM
Thinking about you today, Lisa. May you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Vi Yee, Friend
Sep 11 2012 10:53AM
Remembered always.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 11 2012 9:18AM
God Bless from a fellow Michigander and Fellow American!
Vicki Boyll, Friend
Sep 12 2011 10:42PM
I miss you so much still, I know that my love of horses began with you. I know you are with me everytime I ride my horse and I know I will see you again. Love you and miss you but I will see you again. Thank you for teaching me to ride I think of you everytime I get in the saddle.
Sandy Andrews, Family
Sep 12 2011 1:19PM
We're thinking of you today Lisa.
Rob Stockamp, Friend
Sep 11 2011 9:57PM
Lisa, I remember your confident, gentle way and how much you put into your job at Marsh Detroit. You are not forgotten at Marsh and may you rest in peace.
Lauri (Kruzel) Hanson, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 9:04AM
Thinking of you today, Lisa. You will never be forgotten.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 11 2011 1:52AM
On May 1, 2011 JUSTICE WAS SERVED! The mastermind of September 11, 2001 was captured and executed. May you rest in peace knowing that your colleagues have not forgotten that day or you. Ellen
Ellen Stanton, Colleague
May 3 2011 3:28PM
Thinking of you today, Lisa.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
Sep 11 2010 4:25PM
Lisa- I did not know you, but my initials are also LT, so I chose you to remember today. I am a colleague in the Iowa City office, at the time we were known as Marsh Advantage America. I wanted you to know that you are forever remembered, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones today and always. I send this in memory of all the beautiful people lost on 9/11, in support of family members, friends and colleagues left to carry on. Lori
Lori Tenold, Colleague
Sep 11 2009 11:45AM
I will always have the memories of the times we shared together, and your picture still adorns my wall. I was not surprised at how so many of your friends attended your service. We were all so shocked at how you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think of you on occasion, and certainly at the times we all reflect on that tragic day. I know you are in the hearts and minds of your family and friends, and mine.
Tony, Friend
Sep 11 2009 8:57AM
Lisa, you are constantly in my thoughts as I work at my job for the transportation security administration, Lisa please bless us and help us from heaven to keep the events that so tragically took your life on 9/11/2001 from ever happening again. You are sadly missed by all of your friends that loved you and we will never forget
Terri Gardner, Friend
Sep 11 2008 10:18PM
You are on my mind today..and always in my prayers....
Margi Fortune, Family
Sep 11 2008 6:06PM
Lisa, It's hard to believe that it's been seven years since that dreadful morning. You will always be rememered here at Marsh Detroit. Ellen
Ellen Stanton, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 9:31AM
Lisa: Rarely does a day pass that in some way I don't think of you. Some days I tend to get a bit misty, other days, I can't help but grin. We shared many a memory as well as some great conversations and 'war stories'. Somedays when the frustration level is at it's peak, I try to take a step back and think, WWLD (What would Lisa Do?) After I stop laughing, I throw a wave to heaven. Cheryl
Cheryl Eggert, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 9:14AM
Lisa and I had cubes right next to each other in the mid-nineties in Detroit. It was right after she had finished the OCIP job for the hospital in Grand Blanc and was starting on out-of-state OCIP projects. She would work late and I would stay after work to do my homework for grad school and sometimes we were the only two people in the office. I recall playfully arguing with her about what radio stations to listen to. She was a good woman. Kind, easygoing, hardworking, dedicated...I am a better person for having known her. Lisa, you will always be remembered.
Lee Stacey, Colleague
May 14 2008 5:57PM
Just to say I was browsing the web today... thought of you for no reason. I hope wherever you are you are in joy and peace.
Lisa Terry, Friend
Oct 16 2007 12:16AM
I miss you and you are constantly in my thoughts. I know you are in heaven looking down on me. I will see you in heaven and we can ride horses together again like we used to. Even as the years go by nothing can take away my memories of you and me trail riding and you helping me get my first horse. I will see you when I get their. I miss you and I pray to you often. miss you lots, Sandy
Cousin Sandy, Family
Apr 24 2007 5:52PM
Lisa, Hardly a day goes by where I don't think about you. I remember your easy laugh and ready smile. I'll never forget the days at Somerset Park where we were neigbors and the day I had to put out the fire! Thank you for your friendship, the very enjoyable horse shows and your patience with me in explaining the nuances of horse show judging and competition. I'll never forget.
Vic Habersmith, Friend
Nov 5 2006 1:58PM
Lisa, we laughed, cried, worked and played together. Your smile, words of wisdom and friendship are deeply missed. You remain in my heart and my thoughts, not as the loss of a friend, but of having had you as a friend and colleague. May God bless the many loved ones you left behind; for I know you are now truly free.
Esther Ward, Colleague
Nov 1 2006 12:31PM
I think of you often and miss you. Your dedication and knowledge made you a true professional. Your warmth and our talks made us friends. I still, to this day, expect you to come around a corner, to see your smile. Peace to you, dear friend.
Pam Targosz, Colleague
Sep 18 2006 7:22PM
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with Lisa 2 weeks prior to 9/11. She was a wonderfully alive person with a great sense of humor. I keep her in my prayers to this day. I will never forget.
Karen Nilsen, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 11:36PM
Lisa, I never met you or spoke to you, however as I sit here on the anniversary of that terrible day, reading about all who lost their lives, I know we would have been good friends as fellow horse lovers. I do much of those same things your friend Sarah wrote about you. We would have had lots to talk about. You are a kindred spirit. God Bless you
Kathryn Ng, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 6:32PM
I've worked with Terry on a project many years ago. I admired her for her professionalism, knowledge and friendliness. I was very sad to hear she was in the WTC on 9/11. May God bless her family.
VY, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 2:19PM
I am thinking of you today, Lisa. Bless you.
Michael C. Sensiba, Colleague
Sep 11 2006 1:57PM
Although I never knew you, we shared first and last names. Seeing your name amongst the victims just made this tragedy hit home all the more powerfully for me. Rest in peace, I pray that such a terrible event will never again take place. I will be thinking of you as a friend I never met forever.
Lisa T., Friend
Aug 11 2006 11:48PM
still think of you daily, the fun and laughter -but most of all your kindness. almost five years and still can't believe we don't talk everyday. Pain is as new as the day this awful thing happened. I miss you and pray you are somewhere better. Love you always - Sarah p.s. Rover is costing me a fortune with allergy shots!! But you said he was a good one! Who has the last laugh??
sarah tupper, Friend
Jun 14 2006 7:58PM
On September 10, 2003, just a few days ago, I met Lisa's mother on the plane going to NY. We sat together, and we talked. I happened to be involved in a memorial quilt project that was on display from Thrusday till Sunday at Pier 94. Tania, I know your time in NY was short, but I hope you and your son came to see the quilt. I was there almost all the time, but didn't see you. I wanted to include here a link to the panel where Lisa's quilt block is on, but this program won't let me. I'll be happy to send the link via email. Hugs, Adva
Adva Price, Friend
Sep 14 2003 11:44AM
Lisa....we think of you always. Your missed dearly. Reach over and give Grandma Terry a great big hug from all of us.
TAS, Family
Sep 11 2003 12:52PM
Lisa had a wonderful sense of humor and a great smile. I had the pleasure of being with her on two business trips. She was full of life. She had faced adversity and had chosen to keep on smiling. She was a terrific resource and her knowledge of CSmart and Construction WrapUp programs was extraordinary. I miss being able to call her to brainstorm ideas, get her help and have a laugh.
Sharon Hammer, Colleague
Apr 8 2002 11:42AM