Marie Teresa Rios Versace (Tere Rios)
Military Spouse & Author
Nun Fans Lose Author Tere Rios
Tere Rios was the author of the Fifteenth Pelican from which the TV Show, The Flying Nun, was based on.
Rios passed away on Sunday, October 17, 1999.
Here is the information supplied by a family
Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
Tributes: In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Tere Versace should be sent to: Hospice House of Sarasota, 5957 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
Author of three books
Mother of Roque Versace--the Vietnam War POW whose capture and execution was chronicled in the book Five Years to Freedom by Nick Rowe; Roque also recently received the Special Forces Tab and was inducted into the Honorary Special Forces Battalion and posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Grew up in Puerto Rico and in New York.
Army wife during WWII which included driving army trucks and buses, serving as a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol and raising three children.
Wrote and edited for various newspapers around
the world (Guam, Germany, Wisconsin, South Dakota) including Star &
Stripes and Gannett. She also taught creative writing at the University
of Pittsburgh and was on the staff of the
Retired to Fajardo, Puerto Rico about 9 years ago.
Returned stateside recently to Sarasota when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Information Supplied by David Versace