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Tribute to Theresa McBride

My mom was incredibly proud of Julie [McBride], not just as a mother but as a musician too,  and was always aware and appreciative of the support Maestra provided towards her daughter’s career. 

Unfortunately, due to my mother’s neurological illness she lost the ability to play music herself, but remained passionate about music education and continued to play and teach as long as she could. Even in her final months of life she expressed to me how she longed to play music again. She had lost control of her hands but would dream about playing piano and longed to run her fingers over the keys. This is why honoring my mom through Maestra feels so poignant. I think in a lot of ways she lived vicariously through Julie’s work on broadway. Maestra played a meaningful role in Julie’s life— and my mother’s life too by extension. —Rebekah McBride-Smith

Theresa Gay McBride (Malicote), age 70 of Columbus, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on December 29, 2023. Theresa was born in Hamilton, Ohio on September 29, 1953 to Hubert and June Malicote. Theresa was a loving and dedicated wife and mother who filled the house with music, and a successful music educator with over 25 years service in public and private schools.  

Theresa is survived by her husband, James McBride;  children: Julie McBride, Michael McBride and Rebekah McBride-Smith (Joshua Smith);  grandchildren: Soren Smith, and a granddaughter on the way; sister Jo Malicote, brother Sam Malicote; and several nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Maestra Music.