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A time to look back at 2 lives

Friends of Ted and Carrie Theal, the Nevada City couple found dead in their home on Oak Ridge Road two weeks ago, say they will hold a memorial celebration Sunday to make some sense of a tragic and unexpected murder-suicide.

“It will be a time to lean on each other, a time for healing,” said Ingrid Carter, a friend of the Theals and co-owner of Grass Valley Florist, where the gathering will be held.

Sunday’s event will be a combined service and celebration of the couple’s life. Friends are encouraged to bring their restored classic hot-rods, a passion of the Theals.

The Theals have both been cremated, according to their friends, who want to put the painful tragedy behind them.

Ingrid Carter and her husband, Tom, who have known the Theals for 12 years, took time away from their bustling flower shop Thursday to reflect on the good times they had with their longtime friends.

They recalled the kind, sweet soft-spoken wife who loved to grow her own vegetables and pack extra lunches for her husband’s auto shop students who couldn’t provide for themselves.

“Carrie was always doing special things for them,” Tom Carter said. “He really helped them out, too. They were both givers.”

The two couples would often go on road trips together with their prized classic cars.

“We’d take day-cruises up to Tahoe,” Tom Carter said. “They loved doing that.”

The Theals used to drive by the flower shop on Sundays in their 1937 Chevy coupe, rev the engine, drop in, and tell their friends not to work so hard.

“They were always looking out for other people,” Tom Carter said.

Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators say Ted Theal, 67, shot Carrie Theal, 57, in her femoral artery with a shotgun and then shot himself in the head sometime between Feb. 18 and Feb. 20. They were found by a neighbor the morning of Feb. 20.

The couple’s 32-year-old daughter, Julie, told investigators Ted Theal had been suffering for several years from adrenal gland failure and Carrie Theal was struggling with back pain.

“None of us are really ever going to know what happened,” Ingrid Carter said Thursday.

Two of the Theals’ four dogs are being housed at the Nevada County Animal Control shelter on McCourtney Road, where the staff is attempting to adopt the animals out to one owner instead of separating them.

One dog, a German shepherd, was taken by one of Ted Theal’s auto shop students, whom he had taken under his wing years ago, Carter said.

The fourth dog, another German shepherd, has been adopted.

The service for Ted and Carrie Theal will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grass Valley Florist, 12153 Nevada City Highway.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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