Sue E McGinnis
November 9, 1923 – January 2, 2021
Sue Elizabeth McGinnis, passed peacefully on January 2, 2021, in Houston, Texas.
Sue is survived by son Robert McGinnis of Sydney Australia and his Spouse Jeffery Szmej; son Carl McGinnis of Pearland, Texas and his spouse Glynda McGinnis and their children Miranda, Mercedes and Matthew McGinnis; niece Mona Baen of Corpus Christi, TX and her children, Layla, Marshall, Reece and Shelby.
Sue is preceded in death by her Mother and Father Josephine and James Nicholson of Houston, Texas; Husband Carlton McGinnis of Houston, Texas; Sisters Marjorie McGinnis and spouse William McGinnis of Corpus Christi, Texas and Claire Boyer of Houston, Texas; companion Charles Richards of Houston, Texas.
Sue was born on November 9 in Galveston Texas to parents James and Josephine Nicholson. Sue graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston Texas. Sue worked as a Telegraph Messenger in Downtown Houston in the 1940’s where she met her husband Carlton. Sue said she had to walk to deliver messages while Carlton was given a bicycle to do the same job. Sue later worked as a Legal Secretary before making the decision to be a stay at home mother for her son’s Robert and Carl. Sue was a lifelong Bowler and developed relationships that lasted over 50 years with her team mates on her Bowling League and passed on the love and skill of bowling to her son Carl. Sue and Carl travelled to Bowling tournaments throughout Texas during Carl’s teen years.
Sue was also a Life Member of the Parent Teacher Association and loved helping her son’s teachers with school events and fundraising. Sue was also a Sunday school teacher at Epworth Methodist Church and also enjoyed being a member of the Bell choir for many years.
Sue was crafty and learned to oil paint with her sister Margie McGinnis. Both of their homes are filled with landscapes of their travels and pets which their families enjoy to this day. Sue also learned how to make ceramic Bye-Lo baby dolls as well as ceramic Cabbage Patch dolls. Sue made the hair, the clothes, painted the faces and hands. Sue also was crafty in customizing her own clothing and she also loved making beaded necklaces and earrings.
A passion of Sue’s over the last 30 years was ballroom dancing. Sue had a close group of friends from her church, Epworth Methodist that would meet weekly and enjoy each other’s company dancing. Sue’s dance partner for many years was Charles Richards and then after Charles’ passing, her most recent dance partner Basil Flora. Prior to COVID-19, Basil was Sue’s companion and he drove and accompanied Sue to Madison Jobe Senior Center, Chuters Dance Hall, Pearland Cowboy Church and the Pasadena Elks Lodge as well as several other locations including dominoes at Epworth Methodist on Saturday mornings. During the summer you could catch Sue and Basil at the Kemah Boardwalk with their lawn chairs and umbrellas enjoying live music or on the Strand in Galveston at their favorite ice cream shop. Basil also enjoyed taking Sue to landmarks across Texas such as Washington on the Brazos and Lake Jackson. Sue enjoyed the recognition she and Basil received as the “oldest dancers” at most of the dances they attended.
Sue loved her grandchildren and drove her car well into her 90’s to their school events and family gatherings. Sue lived a full life and left her family and friends with a life of memories to cherish.
Sue will be laid to rest at a private graveside service with her family on Friday January 15, 2021 at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home.
“Honor her for all that her hands have done” Proverbs 31:31
Friday, January 15, 2021
Sue E McGinnis
January 15, 2021
I moved from my hometown of Dayton, Ohio back to Houston, with Bob McGinnis in the week or 2 before Christmas 1971. Bob & I were partners until 1979. When we arrived in Corpus Christi, Tx, at Uncle Bill & Aunt Marjie's home, I was immediatley accepted as a part of the family. At a Thanksgiving get together up at Uncle Bill Boyer's Farm 1 year, I told everybody " the dirtiest joke I ever heard". Sue had to fun to the bathroom, she laughed so hard. I had a Thanksgiving dinner at Bob & my Condo on Bellfort St once. After we waited for ever to eat , Sue looked in the oven & said, " Steve, why did U put the outside rapping back on the Turkey " ? I said , I never took it off. So we ate everything but turkey. To make the mood lighter Bob's Dad said, " Well, Steve, if Bob won't marry you, I will " !!! We all laughed. Anyway, this should be all about Sue, not me. I have to say with all honesty, I never met anyone who was so non judgemental & Fun as Sue was. There are literally too many good memories to write about. She will always be in my heart & soul, as she was cherished & loved by all who met her. None of us really ever die, we just continue on in another form. I'm speaking from experience.
January 14, 2021
Sue was strong willed and I’m certain that’s what kept her going. Let’s hope there will not be any 18 wheelers in heaven cause she always said those trucks shouldn’t be on the road because they are too big! Sue had a few other thoughts about how she felt about Doctors but we will keep those to ourselves. We appreciate Josh Williams for the love and care he provided Sue for the last 6 months of her life.
January 13, 2021
The Dancing Queen Indeed!
Aunt Sue’s patience, tolerance, and of most importance, HER LOVE for all the McGinnis Boys and the rest of her family have been a shining example to follow - especially her enthusiasm as she would start each morning with her egg and prunes!
Perhaps what they say is true: The Best Things Come In Small Packages!
Aunt Sue was indeed one of THE BEST!
January 8, 2021
Heartfelt condolences for Miss Sue's family and loved ones. Miss Sue was a beautiful soul. I have very fond memories of when she, my Grandad, and I would go out for dinner and dancing. Grandad loved to go dancing with Miss Sue!! Always a class act, Miss Sue was loved and appreciated! She touched many lives and she will be missed.