Nancy, I am so sorry I did not see the notice of Sue's passing and the opportunity to pay my respects and remembrances of her with you. I knew her for a number of years through the AAUW, and valued her interest and enthusiasm, her reliable and involved participation in the activities we carried out, such as the "Sister-to-Sister" summits for Middle School girls, which were so important in our efforts to convince girls of that age of the possibilities for their lives as well as the STEM DAY events, which enabled middle school girls to attend 4 "classes" with women from the community who had careers in STEM fields. at ACU, which also enabled them to have an opportunity to take on roles in the KACU radio studio...they loved it...and to see a "Chemistry Class" with remarkable instances of chemistry "stunts". Sue was a President a couple of years before I was and did a great job. We were traveling together to Dallas to an AAUW Leadership conference one weekend, when I got a phone call saying my dad,,who was living in a care facility, had passed away. I was in a state of shock, but we were in my car, and I had to drive back to Abilene. I remember what a calming, supportive influence she had on me as I dealt with my swirling emotions. I always have felt I might not have been able to make it if she hadn't been with me. She and David would attend our AAUW dinner group, and I always loved hearing their tales of travels, especially after their trip to China. She tried to retire from her role as a lab technician, but she was so valuable, they kept asking her to return, and I always understood why. With quiet efficiency she accomplished anything she set her mind to, and sought no praise for being capable, efficient, organized and a leader trustworthy of anything one could ask of her. She had a ready laugh or smile, and always made people, me especially, feel so comfortable and accepted around both her and David. I admired and enjoyed both of them and appreciated anytime I got to spend time with them. I can just imagine how much she enjoyed being in a place with many people around with whom to be involved, interact and be engaged in things she enjoyed with others. She was a person who never got tired of learning, being involved and enjoying things with others. It makes me so happy to know that's how she spent her last years. I remember her with loving thoughts, and offer you my hope that your memories of your time with her and our memories of the wonderful person she was bring you peace and comfort as you learn to live without her vibrant presence with you.
Sue was such a delight, and inspiration, when we volunteered together at Hospice of the Big Country. I could always count on a great visit when I saw her. Prayers for you as you remember and treasure your time with her, and the memories you will always have.
The family first began in the funeral business in 1933. The Hamil's legacy, beginning with the Elliott's to John and Jo Ann Hamil and now continuing with Robert and Karla Hamil, is to serve families in their time of need.