Let the memory of Teresa be with us forever
  • 72 years old
  • Born on May 28, 1942 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
  • Passed away on November 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Shirley Teresa Guthrie de Rico.
 Dr. Rico passed on Nov. 5th 2014.  She will be remembered as an exceptionally generous woman, compassionate caregiver, devoted wife and a beloved mother. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Justina Guthrie, brothers Edgar and Wilson.  She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 51 years, Dr. Miguel Rico, her daughter Gemma Campbell  (Kurt) and their children Jessica Russell (Nick), Hillary, Natalie and Ryan, her son Michael Rico (Debbie) and their daughter Mikayla,  her sister Nila Uriona (Jorge)and her sister-in-law Marina Guthrie.  
Teresa was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  She graduated from the University of St. Andres School of Medicine in 1968.  She came to the United States in 1969.  She dedicated her professional life to the care of individuals with developmental disabilities and eventually served as the Medical Director of the Kansas Neurological Institute where she worked for over 26 years.  
Teresa was known for her gracious smile and always had a funny story at the ready in hopes of lifting your spirits.  She was selfless to a fault and truly lived to serve her neighbor.  A recent example of her generous nature occurred when she walked across four lanes of traffic at a busy intersection in order to hand a homeless man a twenty dollar bill. 
Dr. Rico’s passions were caring for her family, actively practicing her Catholic faith, providing care for her patients and gardening.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, family requests that donations be made to Holy Name Catholic Church. 

Services are as follows at Holy Name Catholic Church ( 1001 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66103)  -Visitation 9:00, Rosary 10:30 and Funeral Mass 11:00  Monday, November 10th, 2014.

Posted by Marina Guthrie on 5th November 2017
Even if you are not with us physically, you will be in our hearts for ever.
Posted by Nila & Jorge Uriona on 5th November 2017
Dearest sister. Three years have passed since you left us, but your memory will be for- ever in our hearts,minds and prayers. We love you and know that one day we'll be together for all eternity. Tus hnos. Jorge & Nila
Posted by Jose Garcia on 5th November 2016
Two years have passed and the memory of our dear friend Teresa is still in our hearts. We know you are in heaven looking after each of us. The love of God is with you. Miss you, Jose
Posted by Jose Garcia on 28th May 2016
She will always be remembered for her kindness, her love, and concern for her family and friends. She was the best friend ever. She was a sister to me.
Posted by Jose Garcia on 28th May 2015
It is not easy for me to write a tribute to my dear Teresa. I only know she was a very important person and a friend for many years. Her kindness and her love and concern for others will always be remembered. I miss you dear friend. My prayers will always be with you.
Posted by Jayne Moore on 12th November 2014
Rico family, my heart is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Rico. I worked with her many years ago at KNI in Topeka and she was the most genuine amazing woman. What I remember most is she was not pretentious about being a "doctor" and treated me as if I were important, as a home staff person. That's the kind of personality she had. She was always a little taken by my height and at 5' 10" standing next to her I can still hear say "my, you are so tall." She will be remembered. May God strengthen you all......
Posted by Marina Guthrie on 10th November 2014
Teresa; I will be for ever grateful for taking such a good care of us,especially Veronica.Nothing will be the same without you,but you will always be in ours hearts. We love you.
Posted by Jeanine Noguera on 10th November 2014
Dear Teresa and Family: Thank you for all the fun times singing and swimming together. Our Grandson has been asking why you and Gampa Rico weren’t swimming with us these past weeks. We have so many fun memories of joining you singing Latino favorites. Our unforgettable performance, song and dance “Panameña, Panameña” are etched forever in many hearts. Thank you for your generosity, joy of living, sharing your faith, energy and love. Our lives are so much richer for having you as friend. May songs of the angels welcome you and greet you with smiles. We will miss you and are comforted to know you are praying for us in heaven. We love you Teresa and will miss you. from Ruben, Jeanine and family
Posted by Nila & Jorge Uriona on 8th November 2014
Querida Teresa, Para todos los que hemos tenido la gracia de conocerte, es un dolor grande que dejas, pero nos consolamos pensado que seguramente has recibido de Dios el premio de tanto bien que has hecho en esta vida. Reza por nosotros Teresa querida, reza para que podamos un dia entrar tambien nostros en aquella Gloria que Dios nos ha prometido a los que viven como Buenos cristianos. Te quiero mucho y hoy he rezado la santa Misa por ti. Padre Emanuel F. Martelli, IVE Misionero en Egipto
Posted by Gabriela Hughes on 7th November 2014
Tia Teresa aun la tengo en mi mente contando un chiste para hacernos reir y sentada junto a su gata bella. Le agradezco mucho por abrir su corazon y darme consejos cuando llegue a Kansas y extranaba mucho a mi madre, por pensar siempre en mi aunque yo me aleje de la familia. Siempre la recordare con mucho carino, me parece mentira que ya no este en este plano. Aunque no tuve el chance de decir mi ultimo adios, voy a mantener mis recuerdos muy profundos en mi corazon.
Posted by Jose Garcia on 7th November 2014
To the unique person that was Teresa. She made others feel her love, concern and dedication and made every one a special person. She will be in our hearts and prayers forever. God now is next to you Teresa and like always before he will grant you his love and blessings in heaven where you are now. We will miss you, Jose and Duane
Posted by Liliana Shannon on 7th November 2014
Tia Teresa was a wonderfully generous and kind person and showed a tremendous patience with everyone, especially the sick and vulnerable. She was so kind to so many, and she brightened everyone's lives. I will always remember her sense of humor as well as her gentle nature. I will be forever grateful to her for her kindness and true generosity to my parents, to my sister, to my son, and to me and to my husband.
Posted by Nila & Jorge Uriona on 7th November 2014
Our dearest sister Teresa, It's hard to think life without you. Only our faith in God give us the strength to accept His Will,knowing that one day we'll be together again. We'll always remember your beautiful smile, your profound faith and your unconditional love of family and friends. You are in our hearts for ever. Love you always.
Posted by Belinda Ch on 7th November 2014
Sra. Teresa... es increible todo lo que pasó...El Señor decidió llevarla a su lado por ser una persona muy buena, y los que nos quedamos aquí sentimos mucha tristeza pues nos hace falta, sin embargo sabemos que ya está descansando en paz, mi más sentido pésame a todos sus familiares.... Se la extrañará siempre!!!
Posted by Shirley Fabiola Guthrie P... on 7th November 2014
"Querida tía Teresa me cuesta tanto aceptar tu partida, extrañare no poder ver esa linda sonrisa que te caracterizaba siempre..extrañare esos abrazos que nos dabas llenos de mucho amor...como no quisiera poder estar cerca de ti en estos momentos y poder darte un ultimo beso y decirte al oído lo mucho que te quiero y que siempre estarán intactos los lindos recuerdos que tengo contigo, se que Dios te llevo a su lado para que adornes su inmenso jardín, decirte que yo gane una estrellita en el cielo que nos cuidara a todos...te adoro tía Teresa, ojala que te hubieras dado cuenta de eso. Hasta pronto!
Posted by Cecilia Illanes Quiroga on 7th November 2014
Tía Teresa fue una gran mujer ella siempre tenía una sonrisa para todos y se preocupaba por el prójimo sin importar quien sea... A ella le sobraba amor para dar... Duele mucho saber que ya no la veremos entre nosotros haciéndonos reír y dándonos su cariño... Tía Teresita te fuiste temprano de nuestro lado pero nos dejaste muchos recuerdos lindos y tu amor ... Estando al lado de dios seguro seguirás ayudando a los demás como siempre lo has hecho ... Siempre te tendremos en nuestros corazones Te quieren y extrañarán Familia Illanes Quiroga
Posted by Edgar Guthrie on 7th November 2014
Tia Tere, you will forever be remembered for the kindness and love towards everyone. I will always be thankful for all you did for me. I'll miss you and remember you always. We will be together one day soon.
Posted by Claudia Krings on 7th November 2014
Reciban un fuerte abrazo desde Cochabamba, todos compartimos su dolor y estamos rezando :(
Posted by Miguel Guthrie on 7th November 2014
Querida tía Teresa, es tan triste escribir estas líneas, es increíble que no estés con nosotros, vos que eras una persona tan fuerte, tan alegre, tan pendiente de todos nosotros tu familia y amigos, duele mucho aceptar tu partida. Estoy seguro que Dios te tiene a su lado, vamos a extrañarte mucho. Hasta pronto querida Tía Teresa.
Posted by Pam Shrider on 6th November 2014
Teresa was the most selfless woman I have ever known. Not only did she believe her faith but she lived her faith to the fullest. She was so kind and caring - always putting everyone's needs before hers. She is a shining example how we all should live! We love you and will miss you very much - especially your warm smile and wonderful laugh. You have truly been a joy to know!
Posted by Debbie Rico on 6th November 2014
I can only aspire to be as generous and loving as you were to everyone who was touched by your presence. You will be greatly missed by all of us. I will always love you.

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