Claude Akins’ Wife Therese Fairfield Survived Alone After His Death

By Aishwarya AcharyaPublished on: December 28, 2023 Updated on: December 28, 2023
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Therese Fairfield was popular as the wife of the Late legendary actor Claude Aubrey Akins. The couple were married from 1952 to 1994, however, they never actually brought their relationship much into the limelight.

In this article, we will try hard to get into the secret life of Therese. We will also discuss her marriage relationship with her husband, Claude, and their life together.

The Wedding of Therese Fairfield and Claude Akins

The Sherif Lobo actor met the love of his life for the first time in his early 20s. At the time, they had just graduated from their university and were moving into their professional path.

Therese Fairfield and Claude Akins with their three children.
Fairfield and her husband Akins with their three children. Source: Alamy

After a few years of being in love, Therese and Claude got married on August 30th, 1952. After only a year of marriage, Ankins made a huge breakthrough in the television industry. Since then the actor’s life saw nothing but progress.

Therese and Claude Gave Birth to Three Children

The Akins duo together had three children, two daughters, Wendy Akins and Michele Akins, and a son Claude Marion Akins Jr.. Despite the popularity, the duo was successful in keeping his babies out of the media limelight.

Claude Marion Akins Jr. is the heir of The Claude Akins Memorial Golf Classic today. On the other hand, Fairfield’s daughter Wendy is the Project Coordinator at the Financial News in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the duo’s other daughter Michele is no longer alive. She passed away on July 21, 2021, at the age of 51.

Therese Fairfield’s Husband Was Diagnosed With Cancer

After 40 years of happily married life, the Akins couple’s life turned upside down when Claude was diagnosed with cancer. Akins was diagnosed with esophageal cancer which caused unintentional weight loss, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.

To get rid of the cancer, doctors performed critical surgery on the actor which removed more than half of his intestine. The operation seemed successful as it removed 100% of cancer from the body but the side effects persisted and worsened Aurbey’s health.

He Passed Away at the age of 67

After the removal of his intestine, Claude showed signs of improvement but it did not last long. Soon a blockage formed in his stomach which also required an operation to be opened.

Therese Fairfield's husband Akins died due to cancer.
Fairfield’s husband died in 1994 of stomach cancer.

Due to the complications of the operation, Aubrey passed away at the Huntington Memorial Hospital on January 27, 1994. The actor was cremated and his ashes were returned to Altadena to his family.

Claude Ankins Acting Legacy

Claude’s death was a matter of shock to the whole industry. He has been in the movie industry for more than 40 years and has given more than 100 movies and television shows. In 1953, he gave Claude his first movie, From Here to Eternity at the age of 27.

Following this, Ankins did several other movies such as Johnny ConchoJoe DakotaThe Curse, and so on. Besides all of the shows and movies the actor did, he was best known for his role as Sheriff Lobo in the series, B.J. and the Bear which ran from 1979-1981.

Claude’s Wife Therese Was A Registered Former Nurse

Unlike the popular professional life of Akins, his wife had a low-key career. She worked as a registered nurse in the States. Fairfield spent most of her young life serving in the health sector but retired after having kids.

Therese was a loving wife and mother to her kids.

Is Therese Fairfield Alive?

Unfortunately, she is no longer alive and reportedly passed away on June 12, 2006, at the age of 77 years.

Calude's wife Therese Fairfield is no longer alive.
Claude Akins’ spouse, Therese passed away in her house in California.

The cause of her death is unknown but we can assume that Therese had a natural death as she was already in her late 70s.

Fairfield Spent The Last Years of Her Life in California

Therese spent more than 10 years alone after the death of her spouse. She settled down at her residence in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California.

She took her last breath at her house in the presence of her children and loved ones.

Her Early Life

Therese by birth belongs to Indiana, U.S.A. She was born to her father, Leonard Francis Fairfield, and mother Margaret Francis Noonan Fairfield on 20th June 1929. Fairfield’s mom and dad belonged to Chicago and Ireland respectively.

Therese was born as the youngest daughter of her family with three elder siblings, and a younger one. The eldest Fairfield child, Jeffry Leonard Fairfield was born in 1921, the second child Dorothea Ann Fairfield in 1926, the third one Gerard A. Fairfield in 1927 and the youngest, Eugene L. Fairfield in 1932.

All five siblings were raised and completed their education in their birthplace, Indiana itself.

None Of Therese Fairfield’s Parents And Siblings Are Alive Today

As of 2023, no one from the Fairfield family is alive. Therese lost her dad, Leonard in 1962 and her mom, Margaret in 1988. Following this, all four of her siblings also passed away before her.

Fairfield’s brothers, Jeffry, Gerard, and Eugene passed away in 2005, 2017, and 2020 respectively. Similarly, her one and only sister also died in 2010 at the age of 84.