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Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX

OBITUARY

Sue Luce

September 18, 1938August 16, 2019
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Nelda “Sue” Luce passed away at her home in Conroe, at the age of 80 years.

Sue was born the first of twin girls in Mabank, Texas on September 18, 1938. She grew up in northeast Houston, the eldest of seven siblings. At 18, Sue married W. T. “Wimpy” Luce, with whom she had two daughters and shared over 20 years of marriage. They adopted Montgomery County as their home in the 1960’s, where she chose to remain for the rest of her life.

Sue was a pioneer in the field of working women, holding a job basically all of her adult life after graduating from Aldine High School in 1956 as “Miss Aldine”. She held various jobs in office work, and in Conroe ISD schools from when her oldest daughter attended elementary school to when her youngest daughter attended Conroe High School, in order to keep a closer eye on both of them. In the early 1970’s, Sue decided to expand her horizons by obtaining her real estate agent’s license. Her outgoing, people-savvy personality, along with her enormously strong work ethic made her a success in real estate sales from the beginning. Soon, with the help of only a few supporters who believed in her ability to make it on her own, Sue started Sue Luce Real Estate, Inc., among the first successful totally woman-owned businesses in Montgomery County. By the 1980’s, she presided over one of the largest real estate companies in the rapidly growing community. She designed and built her own custom office building in Conroe and amassed a large staff of real estate agents. The company’s logo, a bright white and yellow daisy, along with the slogans “Plant a Daisy in Your Yard,” and “Have a Daisy of a Day” became common and prolific sights in Montgomery County. Even in 2019, many real estate professionals in the area can attribute some of their career success to the teachings, inspiration and leadership of Sue Luce. Controversial for the time, Sue was proud to be the first female member inducted into the Conroe Noon Lions Club. She was a long-time member of the Conroe Country Club and the Houston Association of Realtors, and a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Fair Association. Sue also served on the city of Conroe Planning Commission. Among the many activities Sue enjoyed during her lifetime, she most loved shopping, gardening and the beach. She viewed Christmas as a months-long extravagant celebration of the birth of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sue Luce was “Mom” to two daughters, Nelda Luce Blair (and her spouse Jim Blair), and Kimberly Dollar. She was “Honey” to five grandchildren, Maris Blair (and her spouse David Hall), Danielle Dollar, Evan Wilkerson (and his mate Jessie Bethke), Ross Dollar and Isaac Wilkerson (and his mate Cheyenne Apperson). And “Honey” adored her beloved great-grandchildren, Kim’s grandkids, Riley and Colton Wilkerson, and also Jeremy Hall (and his fiancee’ Ruby Tellez). She was “Sis” to her twin sister Lue Chadwell, sisters Jeannette Zientek and Cheryl Baringer, and brothers Kerry Dover and Danny Dover. Sue also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her mother Grace Elizabeth Dover, stepmother Mira Estelle Dover, father Elmer Lloyd Dover, brother David Dover, and former husband W. T. Luce.

Special blessings are extended to family friend and caregiver Ginger Wathen, as well as Cynthia Ratcliff and her kind caregivers at Cynthia’s Touch Senior Services, and the wonderful people at Heart to Heart Hospice.

Sue Luce will be buried next to her mother in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank, Texas on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 12:30p.m. A celebration of Sue’s life will be led by her nephew Senior Pastor Raymond McDonald at The Vineyard Church of Conroe on Monday, August 19 at 4:00 p.m. Family, friends, the entire real estate community, anyone who ever bought or sold property with Sue, or played cards with her, or learned something from her, or was touched by her generosity, are all welcomed to attend.

In her honor, contributions may be made in Sue Luce’s name to The Vineyard Church of Conroe, 1126 North San Jacinto Street, Conroe, Texas 77301. Or, perhaps just Plant a Daisy in Your Yard.

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Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Barbara Gleason

August 22, 2019

My late husband and I met Sue in 2001, We decided to make Conroe
our home after a few years wandering the U.S. in our RV. We would drive around looking at homes and one day we saw her pretty blue sign with the daisy, called her and she sold us our home near the Vineyard Church. She told us about her nephew Raymond and sure enough he came to visit. We are so grateful to Sue for our home and 17 years at our church. We were blown away when we went to her house to sign papers. I love Christmas and I did not want to leave her home after being with her. She and my husband went to many auctions and tag sales together. My condolences to all family members who were so lucky to have Aunt Sue in their lives. Thank you.

Lynn Watson

August 17, 2019

I thought alot of Sue, she loved the sweets I baked including my blackberry cobbler. She was a special person to a lot of people. She helped many. My parents knew her and "Wimpy" well. I know how she loved her daisies emblem and all I can say is "Hope is what blooms when nothing else can". With deepest sympathy,
Lynn Watson

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Sue & Siblings

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Twins Nelda "Sue" Dover & Melba "Lue" Dover were born on September 18, 1938 in Mabank, TX to Elmer Lloyd Dover and Grace Elizabeth Goodman Dover.

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Twins Nelda "Sue" Dover & Melba "Lue" Dover were born on September 18, 1938 in Mabank, TX to Elmer Lloyd Dover and Grace Elizabeth Goodman Dover.

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