Christmas Comes Early in Southlake

by Joy Donovan on December 26, 2008

It was only Dec. 22–three days before Christmas–but Terri Staudt received an early Christmas gift.

Maybe Santa knew it hadn’t been her best year and he wanted to see her smile.

For Terri, 2008 has been a difficult year. She’s just come off major back surgery, and two weeks ago her mother suffered a major heart attack. She recently returned to her job at Charles Schwab in Southlake Town Square, though, and had been tearing up the highway between Southlake and Round Rock, where her mother was hospitalized.

No matter what was happening in her personal life, Terri still wanted to support the Southlake Historical Society, reports Constance Cooley, a major player in the town’s historical society ( So when the Southlake Historical Society sold raffle tickets for a one-of-a-kind pendant, Terri plopped down a new hundred dollar bill and bought five raffle tickets from Constance.

The raffle prize was certainly an eye-catcher. The necklace, designed by Pieter Andries Hye (, combined 14K gold and sterling silver with 24 diamonds and a ruby. Raffle tickets were sold until 3 p.m. Dec. 22, and the winner was chosen at 3 p.m. that day at Southlake’s public library.

And the winner? Terri Staudt. Wonder if she’s stopped smiling yet?

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