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Susan Martha Shankle

Susan Martha Shankle gained her angel wings on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 6


at HIS Church. Graveside burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Susan was born on December 25, 1952, in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Deak and Ann Burkett. Susan married Jim Shankle in June of 1972 in Amarillo where they lived and raised three children.

Susan always had a smile on her face and always had a very positive attitude toward life. She was lover and a rescuer of four-legged creatures and was an active volunteer with Gracie’s Project. She was also a huge sports enthusiast. If not attending in person, her televisions could always be found tuned to ESPN, the PGA Tour or NFL Sunday.

Susan took pride in having an open-door home. There are few people in Amarillo that do not have a memory of the house on Hatfield. This house was a second home for several and Susan was a second Mom to many.

Susan was the only girl in a four-brother home. She always had a special bond with her brothers and one might say even she had all of the control. Growing up she was nicknamed Bullet by her father. This came from Susan punching boys and running away faster than a speeding bullet.

Family was everything to Susan. She was so proud of her three kids and all of her grandchildren. She was the biggest cheerleader of all things for all of them. Over the past several years, Susan made countless trips to Dallas to see her children and grandchildren. She was present for all holidays and all sporting events – being the loudest in the stands. If she wasn’t able to attend in person, she could be found on her phone or in front of her tv watching the game live stream.

Susan was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her brother Mike and her Mother and Father, Deak & Ann. She is survived by her son Shane Shankle and wife Stephanie of Colleyville, Texas, her daughter Cortney Reed and husband Chris of Amarillo, Texas, her daughter Karisti Julia and husband Luis of Richardson, Texas. She had six grandchildren: Katelynn, Ava, Sam, Reaganne, Gracie & Channing. Three brothers, Randy, Jeff & Adam, their wives, as well as several nieces and nephews. And her fur baby Lucy.

All friends and loved ones are welcomed to join the Family on Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home for a visitation.

The family suggests memorials to Gracie’s Project, 7645 Canyon Drive, Amarillo TX 79109
To send flowers to the family in memory of Susan Martha Shankle, please visit our flower store.


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