Talia Ferris, seen here with her son Devin, dedicated her life to her children. The mom of three died in an Aug. 16 vehicle accident. Courtesy photo

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Ferris remembered as ‘icon of motherhood’

By From page A1 | August 28, 2013

Talia Ferris’ mother wants her remembered for how she was in life, not as a car accident statistic.

“People should know Talia as a beautiful, vivacious woman and not someone who would allow herself to drift off the road to die,” said Dean Hansen of the Aug. 16 early morning rollover accident that claimed her daughter’s life on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. “Talia lived for her family.”

Talia, 33, was raised in Tracy and followed extended family to El Dorado Hills 10 years ago with her toddler son. She met and married the father of two young boys, Hollis Ferris, yet, “Talia never differentiated between her three kids (who today are 13, 12 and 10),” said Hansen. “She was their mom and greatest advocate.

“She was consistent with her boys (Devin, Taylor and Tarren). She taught, disciplined, rewarded, praised, and loved with a heart bigger than the moon. She kept her home sane, clean, organized and it was always a safe haven,” remembered Hansen. “When they had nothing in lean times she would make a banquet out of rice and a can of soup.”

Talia was a stay-at-home mom and a Christian involved with her church and children’s activities. “She’d often laugh and tell people she made a lousy employee, but she was a great mom,” said Hansen. “Talia was an icon of motherhood.”

Talia volunteered all over the community. She made the sports team signs, always had a hand in school fundraisers and gave kids rides to school and events. “She had a smile that lit up the room as well as a fiery determination,” said Hansen. “When people said it couldn’t happen, Talia made it happen.”

As a young girl Talia camped, fished and hiked in this region while visiting from Tracy. Once she started her own family she shared her love of the outdoors with them. “She and her husband loved life and lived it to the fullest everyday,” said Hansen.

At her Saturday memorial service at Sunrise Community Church in Orangevale more than 300 pictures were shared and Talia’s love of Dave Matthews, sunflowers and tiger lilies were captured. She leaves behind many family members and friends.

Her 34 birthday would have been Sept. 2; the family has planned a huge party in Talia’s hometown of Tracy in her honor.

“She could work in the yard all day pulling weeds and then take a shower and get all girly,” said Hansen. “She was not only a wonderful mother, wife and friend, but an artist and a beautiful interior decorator. She was just a light to those who met her.”

Dean Hansen said she’s more proud of her daughter now than ever. “Now that she’s gone I see how enormous her job was and how many people she touched. The loss of her light and joyous being is enormous.”

A memorial fund has been set up for Talia’s family at youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/talia-lyn-ferris-memorial-fund/80719.

Julie Samrick

Discussion | 3 comments

  • Dean HansenAugust 28, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Thank you so much for the beautiful write up. She is all these things and more. I appreciate you all taking the time to talk to me and let me get this straight about my daughters life. She has touched thousands of lives and I miss her more than life itself. If only for one second could I hug her one more time......... She was remarkable, and I thank you for setting the record straight.... Most sincerely, Dean Hansen, Talia's Mom.

  • Chris R.August 28, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    Dean, it sounds like Talia was a truly amazing woman. I hope her soul finds peace.

  • Edith HarbaughSeptember 08, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    I had the very true blessing of knowing Talia. We worked together for a few years and after, we found each other on face book and had the opportunity to stay in touch for awhile. Talia was obviously stunningly beautiful on the outside, but her beauty on the inside was even more breathtaking. When my father passed away and my world crashed, I didn't think I would be able to go on, Talia comforted me with kindness, compassion and real love. She prayed with me and for me. She gave to me something that words cannot describe, and helped me with her unselfish friendship see the light and have faith for the first time in a long time. I no doubt believe that my story is only one of many. I know that Talia loved her husband and her sons,they were the light of the world, her world. She was a beautiful mother and wife and to hear her talk of that love was a privilege. I wish that there was more that I personally could do, but I will pray every day for her husband and sons and mother and all of her family and her friends that we will all find peace. My heart is broken, but I know that Talia is with her Father in Heaven making the way ready for the rest of us. I also have no doubt she is with us all watching and protecting us and loving us. My deepest sympathy, Edith



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