Teresa Mullen Cauley, 62, of Franklin, Ky., passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from complications of a long illness.

Teresa was born June 28, 1957, daughter of the late Rev. Jesse Ray and Beverly Jo Mullen.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Cauley and their two children, Kyle and wife Tracy Cauley of Murray, Ky. and Cassie Apple and husband Ryan of Franklin, Ky. She is also survived by one sister, Nancy Haggard and husband Kirby of Westfield, Ind.; two grandchildren, Addy and Aiden Apple of Franklin, Ky., and several nieces and nephews and their spouses.

She worked as an Administrative Associate at Logan Aluminum. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1994 with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She spent her early career working in early education at Stevenson Elementary in Russellville, Ky. She continued her career where she would later retire from at Magnolia Village in Bowling Green, Ky. Teresa dedicated her work as a Speech Therapist specializing in helping those individuals with dementia and early Alzheimer's disease. She devoted herself to those who needed constant nurturing care. Teresa helped them to regain their confidence, independence and improved their quality of life. She held a special place in her heart for the people she cared for and took pride in her job in an effort to make a difference in the lives of those that needed it the most.

Teresa was a beloved wife, loving mother and a cherished MeMee. She had the ability to spread positivity and concern for everyone around her no matter the situation. Her smile was contagious and her laugh was infectious. She was a servant for the Lord and tool for his work here on earth. Teresa never met a stranger, would have a conversation with anyone and would make anyone feel welcomed into her presence. She gave a sacrificial love to all who knew her, a child of God, she was a living mouthpiece and example for his work.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Young Funeral Home Russellville Chapel with Bro. David Banister officiating. Entombment will follow at the Russellville Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin Friday, Nov. 1 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. until funeral time at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in memory of Teresa Mullen Cauley to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, 3322 West End Ave, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203 or online donations at vanderbilthealth.org/giving. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.