December 13, 1930 – January 9, 2021
Eddie Sue Elespuru, age 90 years young, passed away January 9, 2021. She was born December 13, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas to Thomas Edward and Lois Meeks, who preceded her in death. She was married to the love of her life Alejandro “Alec” for 49 years.
Sue was an amazing woman, daughter, sister, wife, homemaker, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend. She shared her wisdom and insight as she inspired, guided, taught, and loved everyone that came into her life. Sue was brilliant writer, a poet, a story teller and also an inspirational artist too.
Sue is survived her two daughters, Valerie Cooper and Victoria Goodrich, and surrogate son Steve Redding, and is call “NaNa” by five grandchildren, Travis Damon and wife Jennifer, Heather Damon, Brandon Daniel, Jonahs Goodrich, and Gabrielle Riggell and seven great grandchildren. Dorothy Luza, her precious sister, confidant, and best friend preceded her in death. She has six loving and caring nieces and nephews, Alicia Meyers, Tom Luza, Becky Shannonhouse, Gloria Luza, Chris Luza and Monica Rostykus, who preceded her in death.
Sue was an avid reader of books, sometimes having 10-15 non-fiction books next to her living room chair. She was dedicated and lived her life for her family, enjoying Sunday dinners, birthdays, holidays, picnics and creating real-life looking Halloween monsters, made of chicken wire, newspapers, old clothes and scary masks! Sue and family made the newspaper and television stations for 10 years. Sue loved all animals, with a 14 year old dog named Dolly, who was her constant companion at her side. Dolly was so sweet and loving and they had a very special relationship. Sue never lost her sense of humor, feistiness, practical jokes and independent spirit that has made her special to all of us.
Our loving gratitude to Lu Kinsella, a dear friend who provided Mother with tender loving care for the last three years of her life. Our special thanks to Barbara Baay, Mother’s daily companion, whose kindhearted attention to her dog Dolly and gracious compassionate care was very much appreciated. Our deepest thankfulness to her grandson Brandon, whose constant loving care, provided Mother with a sense of security, loyalty, faithfulness, and everlasting devotion.
Friday, January 15, 2021
January 18, 2021
Valerie, Brandon, Victoria, and the family: I’m sending my deepest condolences to you all at this painful time. Sue’s memory will be a blessing to so many, I am sure, as it is for me. I have so many memories of her, being there when I would come over to spend time with you, my dear grade school bestie Valerie. Making us food!, listening, laughing, guiding and teaching us through example. She showed me the important things in life, just by being herself. May she Rest In Peace and her spirit be reunited with the love of her life Alec, what a beautiful reunion. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Love to you all.
January 15, 2021
I'll always remember your smile, enthusiasm and cheer that you brought to the room. I admire your strength and determination to raise such beautiful intelligent children. You will truly be missed. Valerie, Brandon and family, I'm praying for your peace and comfort as you phase into this new transition of life.
January 15, 2021
I have such fond memories of aunt Sue!! She was always so calm with a constant smile on her face.
She made you feel like you were very special no matter what you were doing.
Loved how she took the time each Christmas to wrap our gifts like it was a character or object that made us get as excited about the gift no matter what the gift was inside.
She was the most inclusive, kind, selfless aunt I could have ever dreamed of....
I will miss you dearly!!!
Thank you for the bright spot in my life you gave me.
Your loving niece,
January 14, 2021
I will never forget Sue's gift to inspire with her notes or poems. One poem she wrote about turning 56 years old. Not an age that would not be a mile stone to most, but one I felt became a mile stone to me when I turned 56.
Her devotion and love to her family was so evident with the support she gave with such wisdom.
My prayers, love and thoughts to Valerie, Brandon
January 13, 2021
I only knew Sue “Mother” these past two years as her afternoon companion. We shared many wonderful , enriching conversations. Her mind was sharp, her humor delightful, her creativity in poetry and prose divine. She gave much wise counsel to me. She and my own mother shared the same birth year. Her love of her family was endless. Sue’ s devotion to her fur baby, Dolly, was all encompassing. She wanted to be sure Dolly would eat well.
Mother gave me a purpose and inspiration to cherish life. Our common love of dogs, faith and life will always be a treasured bond. Valerie and Brandon, thank you for sharing your Mother and Grandmother with me. She is so proud of you and grateful for your devotion to her.
January 13, 2021
When I think of Aunt Sue I think of her calming demeanor, her beautiful smile and her sweet voice. She will always hold a place in my heart. May her memory be a blessing..