Oteka “Teke” (Massingill) Hunt, age 96, of Odessa, Texas, passed away Thursday, December 9th.
Graveside services will be held for family and friends at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, December 15th at 3 PM. The Reverend John Wamsley will be officiating.
A reception will follow at the Odessa Country Club.
Teke Hunt was born in Brownfield, Texas, on July 2, 1925. She married Glen T. Hunt in 1956, and together they raised five children. Early in her career, Teke was a fitting model for couturier Kow Kareko and a fashion model for Southern California Designers. She continued her career as an interior designer and owner of Gallery One.
Teke was a founding member and past president of the Crystal Ball Foundation, which benefits the Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center. Other organizations who have benefited from Teke’s community involvement include Ellen Noel Art Museum, West Texas Food Bank, John Ben Shepperd Institute, Habitat for Humanity, UTPB, Master Gardners, and The Clover House, who named one of their rooms “Teke’s Tea Room” in her honor. Her numerous accolades include the Ellen Noel Volunteer of the Year award, the Humanitarian Award from the Heritage of Odessa Foundation, Samaritan of the Year for the Samaritan Counseling Center, and Odessa’s First Lady for Beta Sigma Phi International.
Teke made a significant impact in the community with her volunteer work. Wherever there was a need, she stepped in with time, energy, and expertise. Teke gave her time unselfishly and worked unobtrusively to help any organization in need.
Teke loved traveling to all parts of the world with her girlfriends, Barbara, Diane, and Lenny. They celebrated their devoted friendship for decades. Another passion of Teke’s was gardening. But her true joy came when all the family was gathered in her home for any occasion.
Teke is preceded in death by her husband, Glen, her son Wes, her bother Billy Massingill, and her sister Leola Greene.
Teke is survived by her children, Roy Hunt, wife Susan, Mary Hunt (Wes), Cherry McDermid, Sue Hunt, and Tomibeth Brooks, husband Gary. She is survived by her sister Jamie Mills, and a brother James Massingill, wife Jenny. Three granddaughters, Sloane Crume, Ashley McLaughlin, Camille Hays, and grandson, Jed Duesler. Seven great grandchildren, Brandon, Gracelyn, Blair, Brooks, Palmer, Reagan, and Devin, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be given to The Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, 620 N. Alleghaney Ave, Odessa, Texas, 79761.
The family wishes to extend a special, heartfelt thanks to her loving and devoted caregivers; Gloria Ybarra, Angela Barela, Carla Wambolt, and Lara Martin.