Sue Ann Currie Thompson, 74, of Amarillo, TX died and graduated to Heaven on June 25, 2020.
A private graveside service will be held for the family prior to the memorial.
Memorial service will be at 4 P.M. Thursday, July 2, 2020 in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Dr. Shane Hand officiating.
A family reception will be held immediately following at Amarillo Family Wellness, 3005 Church Ave, Amarillo, Tx. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Faith City Mission, Amarillo, Texas.
Sue was born August 5, 1945, in Amarillo, Texas to Dorothy (Dollie) Grace Johnson Currie and Millard Kreger Currie. She lived in Happy, Texas until her family moved to Amarillo when she was in the 6th grade. She adored her extended Johnson family from Happy and Nazareth and always enjoyed their many fun reunions. She graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1963 where she met her lifetime friend Linda Johnson Thompson.
She married Howard Thomas Thompson on Valentine’s day 1964 and was married for 45 amazing years before Howard went to Heaven in 2009.
When Howard was drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War, Sue worked hard to keep their life and household together as her sisters, Kay Jones, and Carol Miller lived with them. She had some of her best memories and stories about this time and she cherished these moments she shared with her sisters. After Howard returned from the war, their children, Staci Sterling Thompson Hand and Howard Slade Thompson were born. Sue always said her greatest accomplishment was her children whom she was so proud of and she was amazed that they both grew up to each own a successful business. Slade naming his company after his family made Howard and Sue both so happy. When Staci married Shane, they gained another son, doctor, and her most favorite preacher. Sue told Staci constantly how proud she was about how they raised her two biggest blessings, Hunter and Hayden.
Sue was a devoted wife and loved working harvest on hot summer nights on Howard’s family farm. They enjoyed their square-dancing group and the many late nights practicing and creating their matching outfits for performances. What a fun time. She loved and missed Howard every day since he went to Heaven ten years ago. We knew that Heaven would be the sweetest reunion ever for them both.
Sue worked for the Social Security Administration in Amarillo for 38 years as a claim’s representative and field claims representative for the Texas Panhandle. She had many lifelong friends from her time there and was blessed with her best friend Janie Welch whom she still texted and talked to almost daily.
She delighted in participating and volunteering at all of her children’s sports and extracurricular activities. She often would pack too many kids in her Mazda hatchback and run them all over town before seatbelts were mandatory. She loved having sleepovers at her house and spoiling the kid’s friends. She also enjoyed hours and hours of creating and beading Slade’s Kwahadi Indian costumes while sitting at Staci’s basketball games. Watching her kids do what they loved brought her so much happiness.
She loved her sisters Kay and Carol and their children and grandchildren. She was so proud of the education they received and the wonderful women her sisters became. She really enjoyed their daily text conversations and watching how well they loved and served others. She was so proud of the adults and parents her nieces and nephews had become and how much they all loved the Lord. The bond she shared with her sisters was truly a wonderful example to others.
Her greatest joy in life was her grandkids, Hunter Shane and Hayden Sue Hand. Being so involved in their daily lives was a true blessing. She never missed a game, out of town tournament or banquet to celebrate their teams. She was probably most known as the popcorn lady at the Amarillo High School concession stand. She would arrive two hours before games to make sure they had enough for the entire evening. They were not going to run out on her watch. No one in the history of booster clubs has ever had a passion for selling thousands of t-shirts to raise money for Hayden and Hunter’s teams. She loved every minute of it and loved every kid, parent, and grandparent she came in contact with. She impacted so many lives.
She was proud of both Hunter and Hayden and their relationship with the Lord and their successful pursuit of education. She loved telling everyone about their high GPA’s, and Hunter’s new job at Texas Home Health Care and about Hayden starting chiropractic school in January. She said she wanted to rent a duplex and make it as cute as Hayden’s apartment in Dallas. The connection she shared with her grandchildren was the most important thing to her and absolutely priceless to us all. Watching her love her new grand-dog, Bear, brought unspeakable joy to her family.
A few years ago, a friend dragged Sue kicking and screaming to her Palo Duro Class of 1963 planning party for their 50th reunion. She played clarinet in the high school band but told us she never really felt popular or well-known and didn’t have many friends. Well God had a mighty surprise for her as only He could do. He gave her some of the best friends she’s ever had in her life. They each told her how much they wished they had been friends in high school. This sweet group, “The Fab Five” as they call themselves brought so much joy and love to her life. They are much like the “Golden Girls” with quite possibly even more character. They met almost every week to have tea and tell stories. Alice and her husband Larry, Jan, Barbara, and Virginia were truly God’s precious gift to Sue and she adored each one of them, as well as the rest of her graduating class.
She was adamant about getting her hair fixed weekly by her sweet friend, Anna Moreno. Her most recent dilemma was whether to stay her new beautiful gray or go back to her faithful brown.
Sue loved everything America and was extremely patriotic. She would record every Blue Angel or military fly over she watched and send it to her friends and family for them to also enjoy. She was fascinated with NASCAR and all things Dale Jr. She could tell you any stat on any driver at any time and even kept up with their family lives.
Sue was almost always the most brilliant and knowledgeable person in the room. If she didn’t have an answer for something, she would spend countless hours searching it out and get back to you. She helped and encouraged many over the years with her FBI like research skills. We were all convinced that was her real profession with the government for 38 years.
The precious memories she made with her family and friends will never be forgotten and will be passed down for generations. She loved to travel to Dallas, Florida, and Branson and generously share her time share with others. She loved baseball, so Texas Rangers and Amarillo Sodpoodles games with her were the best.
Sue was the most loyal wife, mother, sister, aunt, Nana, and friend anyone ever had, and she will be dearly missed.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Thomas Thompson, her parents, MK and Dolly Johnson, and her sister Dorothy Simms.
She is survived by her daughter Staci Hand and her husband Shane, and their children, Hunter and Hayden Hand of Amarillo, her son, Slade Thompson of Amarillo, her sisters Kay Jones of Argyle, Tx, and Carol Miller, of Guthrie, OK., nine nieces and nephews and their children, and her mother-in-law, Dorothy Thompson, of Washburn, Tx.