Dr. Theresa Da Costa, 65, of Canyon, TX died Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Canyon, TX. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.
Theresa was born in Kamuli, Uganda on May 2, 1955, to Christostomos Emedios D’Costa and Anastansia D’Costa. When she was a teenager, she was moved from Uganda to Europe before moving to Jersey City, New Jersey. She worked full time at St. Mary’s Elementary as a secretary to the principal, who encouraged her to finish her high school education while supporting her five siblings in the 1970s. While working full time, she accomplished 4 years of American high school education in one year. After completion, she started college at St. Peter College in Englewood Cliffs for two years before transferring to Colombia College, in Colombia, South Carolina, where she met Esmail Jiwa. Her next move would bring her to Canyon, Texas to attend West Texas State University. While attending WTSU, she worked for Amarillo Independent School District at Horace Mann and eventually was offered a position at Tascosa High School teaching English and Tae Kwon Do to at-risk students. After seven years, she took a position for Canyon Independent School District to teach at Randall High School. While co-owning her own Tae Kwon Do studio/business, she taught English Literature at RHS, took care of her three young children and she taught at-risk students on campus and off, and school graded papers till after the nightly news was finished. In 1996 she received her master’s degree from WT. In 1998, she accepted a position at Canyon High School and would eventually retire from CISD and go on to teach at Amarillo College. In 2017, while teaching full time, she accomplished getting her PH.D. She was always found to be grading papers or taking on huge gardening projects when she was not taking care of her grandchildren. She was dedicated to education in all forms not only for herself but for others.
Theresa was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one sister, three brothers, and several uncles.
Survivors include her children, Adam Jiwa, Faruk Jiwa, and Shabir Jiwa; granddaughter, Aniyha Jiwa; grandsons, Brandon Jiwa, Braylon Jiwa, and Julian Jiwa; her brothers, Anthony D’Costa, Francis D’Costa, John “Chief” D’Costa, and Joseph D’Costa; sisters, Josephine DeSouza, Hortencia D’Costa, Lucia D’Costa, Cecily D’Costa, and Martha D’Costa. She also leaves her extended family around the world.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be sent to the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, P.O. Box 305, Groom, TX, 79039.