Sue McAnally, 79, of Amarillo, TX passed on to Heaven and gained her Angel wings on December 28, 2022.
Heaven gained an incredible new member yesterday when Sue cast off the shackles of this world to join Jesus and her husband, Ernie, in Heaven. Ernie passed just a year ago at Christmas. After a long, painful journey over the last year, the frail, broken body could no longer hold her back.
Sue was born in Perryton, TX, and married Ernie W. McAnally at the tender age of 17 in Amarillo, TX. Together they shared a life of ups and downs accompanied with all the struggles new couples tend to face. Their son Ernie joined the family very shortly after, and then son Harvey a couple of years later. Sue was the glue that held the family all together. Her passion and outlook on life was contagious to all who met her. She was clearly the most optimistic person. Starting her career as a hairdresser in the modest backroom of an Amarillo beauty shop, she later joined the US Postal Service where she worked for 42 years before her retirement. Some of her best, most loyal friends were fellow postal workers and she treasured the time she spent with them.
Family was very important to Sue. She would always make time to support her family whenever possible. For vacation we often visited our many relatives, and shared stories, jokes, art projects and music. Puzzles, dominos, cooking and laughter were always present around gatherings with Sue.
During her life, she would tirelessly work her 40 hours and then would support the entire family in sickness and health. Amarillo was a hub for relatives to come and address medical challenges. I cannot count the number of times she “hosted” while maintaining her own job, family and life. She was a very giving person. Much more patient than most folks. She took care of 3 sets of grandparents while they lived in a nursing home. She deserved the Medal of Honor for all of it.
The last 6 months, her sons were with her as she fought to overcome a poor medical diagnosis and abysmal surgeries. They stayed by her side as much as humanly possible. People may wonder why? Because she needed her sons and that was the selfless model she demonstrated while taking care of everyone else. She was special and one of a kind. She deserved the best that we had because that is what she gave.
She is survived by son, Harvey McAnally; son and daughter-in-law, Ernie and Shelia McAnally; grandkids, Corie, Conner, Carson and Kaci McAnally; great-grandkids, Vera and Scout McAnally; sister, Karen Stanley; sisters-in-law, Bobbie Hopper, and Sharlet McAnally; and brother-in-law, Jim McAnally.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie W. Mcanally; siblings, Mary Edwards, Jerry Skulley, Glenn Skulley; mother, Doris Hunter Skulley; father, Aubrey Skulley; in-laws, Ida and Robert McAnally; brothers-in-law, Rock Stanley, Buddy McAnally, and Bob Hopper; and sisters-in-law, Betty Baker and Naomi Schulz.