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Teresa Jo Trainer, 49, of Waterford, Miss. and formerly of Thorncreek Township, Whitley County, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident west of Churubusco.
She was born Oct. 25, 1961 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Bryce B. and Linda M. (Doan) Elkins Sr. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne and later Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
On Aug. 25, 1984 she was united in marriage to Douglas M. Trainer. They made their home in Thorncreek Township until November 2009 when they moved to Waterford.
She was employed at Magnavox before her employment at Dana Corporation in Churubusco until transferring with Mahle in 2009 to Mississippi.
She was active with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Douglas; two children, Malynda (Isaac) Gibson of Seymour, Tenn. and Russell Trainer of Churubusco; three grandchildren, Camden and Chase Gibson and Jacob Trainer; her parents, Bryce and Linda Elkins of Columbia City; two brothers, Bryce B. (Patty) Elkins, Jr. of Columbia City and Douglas (Nancy) Elkins of Ely, Minn.; and a sister, Michele (Chad) Baxter of Columbia City.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; a sister, Stephanie Elkins; and a nephew, Bryce B. Elkins III.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Condolences may be sent to smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.