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Terry Kay McAndrew, 69 years old, of Haddon Heights

Terry Kay McAndrew, 69 years old, of Haddon Heights departed this life on March 16, 2023.  She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Sophie Barnes.  She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Patrick McAndrew, and their sons: Joseph (Sarah), Ian, Timothy (Simone), and her former daughter in law Alissa McAndrew.  Bubbe, as she was known to her adoring grandchildren, is also survived by Frank, Peggy, Sophia, and Matilda.


Terry is survived by her siblings Gene Barnes (Lisa), Robin Thom (John) and Judi Barnes, and by her sister-in-law Eileen Lambert (Bob) and brother-in-law Michael McAndrew. Her surviving nieces and nephews are Lauren Terranova, Katie Schmidt, Devon Barnes, Bryce Barnes, Brylin Barnes, Colleen Lambert, and Kathrine Gerber.  She is survived by many friends including her life-long friend, Penni Kenny, and her husband Joe, and their children Erin Choate, Alicia Chirino, and Sean Kenny.

Terry was born on May 26, 1953, in Englewood, NJ, and raised in South River and later in East Brunswick. She married Patrick McAndrew, her high school sweetheart, in 1976 at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers College, New Brunswick. In 1977, they moved to South Jersey.  Terry initially worked at John A. Steer Company in Philadelphia and then later spent time at home raising their sons.

In her mid-40s, she decided to become a teacher and she obtained her teaching certification.  Terry then taught history for twenty years at West Deptford High School. In 2005, she was voted “Teacher of the Year” and during her career a number of yearbooks were dedicated to her by the students.  In enthusiastically teaching history, she found her professional calling.  She balanced high expectations of her students with compassion, and a no-nonsense attitude with a sense of humor.  If you gave people respect, she firmly believed you got respect back.

Socially, Terry was a charter member of the Haddon Heights-based “Book Moms” and also the “Ramblin’ Roadies.”  Terry loved her family, her friends, and her students, and she lived each day to the fullest.  When she gave a commencement speech as Teacher of the Year, her theme was “Each day is the best day of your life.”  She did not just say those words, she lived by them.    

Relatives, friends, fellow teachers, past and present students are invited to her visitations on Wednesday evening, March 22nd from 6 to 9 PM and again on Thursday morning, March 23rd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights. Interment will be private.

The family intends to start an annual award at West Deptford High School for the student who most loves history and asks that any donations in lieu of flowers for that purpose be payable to “West Deptford High School,” and sent to the high school to the Attention of Kelly Clark, Principal, 1600 Crown Point Road, West Deptford, NJ 08093. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCann-Healey Funeral Home, Gloucester City Ph: 856-456-1142