Obituary Column

Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church
3901 North Star Road
Richardson, Texas 75082
(972) 238-8103

Helen Jean Fife "Jeanne" Hooker (1945 - 2021)

Click here to view Jeanne's Memorial Service on 9-10-2021.

Helen Jean "Jeanne" Fife Helen Jean "Jeanne" Fife Hooker, beloved wife, mother, and Gigi, joined her heavenly father at the age of 75 on January 16, 2020. She was diagnosed in 2020 with stage 4 colon cancer and liver cancer. She fought hard and in the end the surgeries were just too much to overcome. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lavoy Hooker; her son, Chad Hooker, and his family; and her daughter, Jill Lanyon, and her family. She had 4 loving grandchildren; Sam, Blake, London, and Palmer. Her younger brother Butch Fife lives with his wife in Sherman, TX. Jeanne was a dedicated member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church where she had countless friends that supported her. She began her career with Lone Star Gas and retired with Atmos. She was transferred between different companies throughout her career keeping up her steady employment for over 40 years with the same employer. She we VERY committed to helping her local community and was on over 20 different boards and committees throughout her career. At one point Jeanne served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Richardson Chamber. A memorial service will be held at CCPC on September 10, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Dick Worth (1930 - 2021)

Dik’s life ended on July 30, 2021, just shy of his 91st birthday. He is predeceased by his high school sweetheart, soulmate, and wife of 67 years, Sue, and his son Thomas. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Worth and sister-in-law Janice Stone, and many nieces and nephews.

Dick was born in Evanston, Illinois and spent the first 15 years in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He graduated high school in South Bend Indiana, attended Northwestern University in Evanston, and received an MBA from Cal-Berkeley. He was a Korean War veteran and a resident of Richardson, Texas for over 40 years.

Dick had a fulfilling and meaningful career for over 45 years in the individual life and health insurance business. A lifetime Presbyterian, and a member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, his passion was for the Interfaith Housing Coalition, now called Interfaith Family Services, a Christian community that provides housing and help for homeless families. Two nights a week he was involved with the families and volunteers. It was his Call for over twenty years.

Jay W. Schmoll (1942 - 2021)

Jay W. Schmoll, 78, passed away on February 11, 2021 in Plano, TX.

Jay was a humble man who cared about his family and often took the role of being the peacemaker at home and at work. Jay was always there when friends and family needed him.

As a young man, Jay was proud to be a shot-put champion and a sprinter on his high school track team and a running back on his freshman football team. He served his country in the Marine Corps and could often be heard saying “ooh rah!”  Afterwards he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Business at Oregon State University.

Jay loved to support his wife (he was her #1 dishwasher and taste-tester), daughters (bowling coach, soccer coach, choir attendee, horse shows and more), and of course his grandchildren by attending their events and becoming the first middle school WatchDog in Keller ISD!

Jay was charming, loved dancing, watching Star Wars, football, soccer, Aussie-Rules football games on TV, and John Wayne movies. He would recite his favorite poem to anyone with ears, even during brain surgery!  There was always a story he could tell you, even if you’d heard it twice. You were never strangers long with Jay, as he always loved having someone new to tell stories to. He had subtly sarcastic comments ready for any occasion. He had a wonderful grin when he would take the literal fresh out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies off the tray before it even made it to the counter for cooling (he insisted they were best right off the tray). His later years were unfortunately spent more in hospitals, but the nurses always loved him, even when he was in timeout at the nurse’s stations, which likely worked more in his favor than theirs.

His Parkinson’s diagnosis deterred him only physically for many years. He was smart, had a sense of humor, and a stubborn old man. Those of us who knew him, could tell you that his stubbornness is what got him this far into his diagnoses. He was full of love and never knew a stranger. We are lucky and blessed to have known him and he will be greatly missed.

Jay is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Diane, his brother Lynn (Cheri), his daughters Carolyn (Tim), Diana (Curtis) and Allison (Josh), his 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Jacob and Natalie, and many family members across the country. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Bea, and his son Scott.

 

If you would like to donate a gift in honor of Jay, the family requests any donations are sent to the following as they were dear to him:

James “Eric” Parrent (1979 - 2021)

James Eric Parrrent, known to his family and friends as Eric, passed away suddenly on April 28, 2021 at his home in Wylie, Texas. 

Eric was born to Danny and Donna Parrent on May 17, 1979, in Grand Prairie, Texas, the middle of three children, after brother John in 1976 and before sister Jennifer in 1982.  After a brief sojourn in Orlando, Florida, in the early 80s, the family moved back to Texas, settling in Arlington.  Eric was baptized in the Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington on June 26, 1988.  He attended Grand Prairie schools, graduating high school in 1997, later attending Lincoln Tech Automotive in Arlington.  Eric deeply suffered the untimely death of his mother Donna Parrent in 2005.

On December 12, 2012, he was united in marriage to Josie McFarland in Wylie, Texas, and became stepfather to her son Dustin Huddleston.  He and Josie worked together at Goodson Acura of Dallas, he as a service technician.  They made Desperados Mexican Restaurant their favorite hangout, where he and Josie enjoyed celebrating special occasions, meeting with friends, and playing their Scratch Offs.

Eric was known by family, friends, and customers for his endless knowledge of cars and his willingness to help them in all matters automotive.  Eric was also known and loved by family and friends for the mischievous humor underneath his tender-heartedness, enjoying long-running jokes and teasing.  His other life-long loves were movies (especially Marvel movies) and dogs. 

He is survived by his wife Josie and stepson Dustin; father Danny Parrent and stepmother Peggy Parrent; brother John (and Taimeaka) Parrent; sister Jennifer (and Matt) Roberts; nieces and nephews Jordin, Khloe, and Kyson Parrent, and Paige, Taylor, and Hudson Roberts; maternal aunt Kathy Mikus, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Donations may be made in Eric’s memory here to help defray funeral and other expenses for his family or to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come…shall be able to separate us from the love of God.  Romans 8:38-39.

Sandra Helen Griffin (1922 - 2020)

Sandra Helen Griffin of Allen, Texas passed away November 29, 2020 at the age of 86. She was born December 22, 1933 to Marvin and Olivia Watkins in Ennis, Texas. Sandra graduated from Ennis High School in June 1951. She then attended Parkland School of Nursing and graduated in August 1954 as a Registered Nurse. Sandra was a devoted mother who loved to take care of her family. She was selfless and worked hard to make her home a special place.  After her children were grown, Sandra decided to return to the workforce, landing at Blue Cross Blue Shield, working there until she retired.  She was a founding member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. Sandra’s love for her family was only surpassed by her love of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sandra is survived by her two sons, A. Dale Griffin, III and his wife Kerri of Naples, Florida and Thomas Griffin and his wife Suzie of Allen, Texas.  Additionally, Sandra had two wonderful grandchildren, Kyle Griffin of Denton, Texas and Hannah Greenwood and her husband Nicholas of Allen, Texas, and her great-grandson, Grayson Greenwood of Allen, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sandra can be made to the Villages in Partnership ministry (villagesinpartnership.org)

Harry (Jerry) Dalton - 1927-2020

 
Click here to view Jerry's Memorial Service on 10-30-2021.
 
Harry Jirou "Jerry" Dalton, Jr., Brig. Gen. USAF Retired, 93, of Dallas, departed the Life Militant and entered the Life Triumphant, November 1, 2020.

Born in San Antonio, Feb. 7, 1927, to Harry Jirou and Dorothy Black Dalton. He attended public schools in San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1949 with BBA degree in advertising, and Reserve Air Force commission from AFROTC. He took graduate courses at UTexas, University of Nebraska Omaha and Boston University.

He volunteered for Air Force active duty during the Korean War and later served as an Information/Public Affairs Officer at every level of AF command. He was a graduate of Air Tactical School, Air Command & Staff College a
nd the Armed Forces Staff College. He was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as AF Director of Public Affairs in Washington, Dec. 1975, and retired from the AF, Sept. 1980. 


For his service, he was awarded the AF Distinguished Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit (3), Air Medal, Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2) and Air Force Commendation Medal (3). A Pentagon conference room is dedicated and named in his honor.

He worked in corporate public relations for Electronic Data Systems Corp., LTV Corp. and Vought Aircraft and served as a solo PR counselor and consultant. He was an extremely active member of Texas PR Association, Public Relations Society of America and Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, serving as organization chairs, member of committees, boards and task forces. At PRSA he served as national treasurer, national secretary and president in 1990, was founding president of PRSA's Foundation in 1991 and was elected to PRSA

's College of Fellows in 1992. He was recipient of PRSA's highest award, the Gold Anvil, for his life-long service to the society and his efforts to advance the profession. He was recognized as a PR authority and was in demand as a guest speaker at statewide, specialized and international PR organizations and at 40 colleges and universities. He served 10 years as an adjunct professor at Dept. of Defense Information School. 

He was an avid genealogist and member of the Society of The Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution, Flagon & Trencher (Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers), Society of Mayflower Descendants, Thomas Rogers Society and National Huguenot Society, and was especially active as president, newsletter editor, and board member of the Genealogical Society of Versailles (Calmes Family Assn.).

He was a dedicated Christian, a fourth generation Presbyterian serving through the years as Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder, church trustee and was active member of several committees at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, where he was a member since 1981.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Mabel Dalton, Allen; daughter Cynthia K. Dalton, Dallas; son Robert Hume Dalton and wife Linda, Lake Charles, LA; son Steven Jirou Dalton and wife Dee Ann, Plano and seven grandchildren, Grace, Michael, John, Faith, Hope, Andrew and Austin Dalton along with brother-in-law Dr. James W. Dinsmore and wife, Vicki, Omaha, NE; and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Marion Hume Dalton. As a testament to his generosity, he donated his body to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, October 30, at 10:00 am at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church.

Donations in Jerry’s memory and honor may be made to Austin Street Center https://www.austinstreet.org/ and the Arnold Air Society - Silver Wings Educational Fund, Inc. ASEF

 

 

William (Bill) Rathgeber (1946 - 2020)

William Allen Rathgeber, 73, of Dallas, Texas, passed away at home surrounded by family on September 7, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born on December 16, 1946 in DuBois, Pennsylvania to William D. Rathgeber and Marian Jane (Allen) Rathgeber. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, where he played center and long snapper for the Lobos football team, and earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri. He married Cathryn Stooksberry on June 10, 1972, in Amarillo, Texas. 

Bill proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as did his father, brother and sister, retiring as a Lt. Colonel after twenty years. During his service, he managed programs for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post,  Presidential Support Communications, and Air Force One. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Bill joined Rockwell Collins as an engineer and program manager specializing in communications systems.  He retired from Rockwell in 2009.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved golf, skiing, and especially camping with his two sons.  Bill participated as an adult leader in his sons’ Boy Scout troops, Troops 221 and 1001. He accompanied them on countless camping, backpacking, canoeing, diving, and climbing trips and was extremely proud that both sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bill also loved hockey, faithfully attending both his sons’ games and fanatically following his Dallas Stars.

Bill was an active member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder.

Bill is survived by Cathy, his wife of 48 years, his son Bryan (Margaret), sister Susan (BJ), brother David (InSuk), as well as beloved extended family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey and his parents,

A private service will be held at DFW National Cemetery. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, Texas 75082, or to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

Curt Wayne McIntyre 1943 - 2020

Curtis Wayne McIntyre died Sunday, August 9, from heart failure at the age of 76. A beloved professor and a loving husband and father, Curt will be remembered for his relentlessly inquisitive mind, his kind soft-spoken nature, and his hilariously irreverent sense of humor.

Curt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio raised by his parents Curtis Runyon McIntyre and Iolene Arnold along with his sister Patti and his younger brother Richard (Rick). The first in his family to go to college, Curt earned a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1965 and went on to get his Ph. D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt in 1969. A ladies’ man in his own mind, Curt’s love of the academic world was matched only by his lifelong love for his college sweetheart, Cynthia “Cindy” Kasson. The couple got engaged shortly after graduation and were married for 54 years.

Together they followed Curt’s career as a professor to several distinguished schools, before settling at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was a valued member of the faculty for 31 years. As Chair, he helped propel the Psychology department to national recognition and published over 40 articles and edited a book on clinical techniques for treating dyslexia. His early research focused on cognitive development in children, and he later initiated a research program to evaluate the differences between violent and nonviolent juvenile offenders.

His most lasting professional accomplishment, however, is no doubt the effect he had on his students. From teaching introductory classes to supervising doctoral candidates, Curt was most passionate about sharing what he knew. As a trusted mentor and counselor, he helped a generation of scholars pursue their studies, start their careers, and navigate the everyday problems of their lives. He was loved and respected by both his students and colleagues alike- his office door was always open.

The greatest beneficiaries of his teaching were his two children, Wade McIntyre and Sally Michaud and his three treasured grandchildren, Story Jo (10) Porter (9) and Maëlle (6). He loved spending time with them, sharing his passion for reading and world history, revealing the secrets of double plays and zone defenses, and demonstrating the power of a perfectly timed punch line. His children saw him value teamwork, reason, and patience. And watched in horror and amazement as the neighborhood kids would flock to their house where they were allowed to watch R-rated movies and curse. Curt embodied one of life’s most important lessons: don’t sweat the small stuff.

After retirement, Curt continued to teach. Working together with Cindy at SMU Plano, he helped design and implement a program to train Professional, Family and School Counselors. Private at times, he kept a small group of close friends, but he also made time to get out and lead discussion groups at church on topics ranging from spirituality to politics. He had a skill for finding the common ground in people with differing views. He lived a life of tolerance toward everyone, even his dogs whom he loved completely, despite his allergies.

His mind remained sharp, and he spent his free time either reading or playing bridge. He never grew tired of learning or challenging himself. Of solving life’s puzzles, together. Somehow, he always knew what card was coming next.

In his final weeks, Curt made a point to keep his doctors and nurses laughing as long as he could. He was thankful for the science that extended his life, and the support of all the people who loved him. He died surrounded by family, partaking in one of his all-time favorite hobbies: a long afternoon nap.

His heart may have finally failed him, but Curt’s spirit beats on in his students, his children, his grandchildren, and the hundreds of others lucky enough to have learned by his side.

Curt is survived by his wife Cindy, son Curtis Wade McIntyre (Samantha Montgomery), daughter Sally McIntyre Michaud (Ludovick Michaud), sister Patti McIntyre Gramke, brother Richard Louis McIntyre, grandchildren Story Jo McIntyre, Porter William Michaud, Maëlle Brooks Michaud and many cherished nieces, nephews and spouses.

A service will be held at Perkins Chapel on the SMU Campus at 11am CST on Tuesday August 25 for family, and will be streamed and/or posted online at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1RIjlvmK2VIve3KCco-wcg

Shirley Broome Pittman (1936 - 2020)

After a long illness, Shirley Broome Pittman passed away in her sleep in the early morning  hours of Friday, May 29, 2020.

Shirley was born in Amarillo, Texas, on April 11, 1936. After graduating from Amarillo High School, home of the Sandies, she attended the University of Oklahoma, where in 1954 she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. While a student at OU, she was elected state president of the Oklahoma Future Teachers of America. She also was a lifetime member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and was proud to maintain her DG friendships throughout her life.

After graduating from OU, she met Lewis Stanley Pittman. After a handful of dates during a furious two-week romance, Shirley and Stan were married and initially moved to Winchester, Kentucky, where Stan first began working in the petroleum industry. That was followed by a time in Bridgeport, West Virginia, where Shirley presided over a class of what was then known as the “educable retarded,” teaching them schoolwork and whatever life skills she could, so they could later better make their way in the world. The children were all from poor families, so Shirley saved what extra money she could to buy them some lunches and an occasional pair of shoes, as some of them had none. One afternoon after school, a student’s father confronted her, putting the shoes she bought for his son on her desk, stating, “My kid don’t need charity.” Shirley pushed the shoes back to him across her desk and said, “Maybe not, but he sure needs shoes.”

Not long after, Shirley and Stan moved to Abilene, Texas. After discovering they could not have children of their own, they adopted Edward Cleveland Pittman in August 1963, the first of their three adopted children. A year and a half later, in 1965, they received a call from the adoption home; and they were soon on their way to adopt Charles Clay Pittman. The family also included Lucky, a Sheltie, and Mama Kitty, the first of many family pets over the years.

Stan was next transferred to the Dallas area, and the family settled in Richardson. In 1970, Shirley and Stan adopted Frances Margaret Pittman, and the family was complete. Over the years, more cats and dogs followed, instilling in the children an enduring love and sense of responsibility for caring for companion animals.

While Stan had a long career in the petroleum industry, Shirley spent her time teaching at such schools as Canyon Creek Daycare and, later, a decades-long devotion to private tutoring. Her tutoring students were primarily the children of Chinese immigrants, and Shirley spent her years not only teaching them to speak English, but helping them to learn what it meant to be an American. In addition to receiving many heartfelt gifts from grateful families, Shirley – often called Missy Pittman – was often invited to former students’ college graduations, weddings and citizenship ceremonies, as her students became American citizens.

On December 27, 2013, Shirley and the rest of the Pittman family were overjoyed to welcome Francie’s son, Benjamin, into the world.

Shirley was always known for her sage advice, which she shared only when asked, and her infectious laugh, often described more as a cackle. In her last years, Shirley struggled with Alzheimer’s. Although her short-term memories often quickly faded, she always asked about everyone’s children and pets, and she freely expressed her love to anyone who came close enough to hug.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Frances Broome, as well as her son Charles. She will be remembered by her husband Stan, her son Edward and his wife, Michelle Koller; her daughter Francie and her son Ben; Leslie Farnham and Alison Gross, the children of her cousin Richard Gross; the many others she touched during her lifelong legacy of teaching; and a few lifelong friends (as well as their children) who still remain.

In lieu of flowers or other forms of remembrance, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Aileen Maddox (1919 - 2019)

Aileen Maddox, of Richardson, Texas passed away on November 18, 2019 at the age of 99.

She was born on November 20, 1919 in Strawn, Texas. She married R. L. Maddox, Jr in 1950 in Midland, TX and in 1960 they moved to Richardson, TX where they raised their family.

She is survived by daughters Kathy Mays (Bill Mays) of Plano, TX and Martha Howat (Don Howat) of Oak Harbor, WA; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DaySpring Assisted Living in Plano or Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson.

Robert Prentice "Bob" Manning (1933-2019)

         Robert Prentice “Bob” Manning of Wylie, Texas, passed from this life in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13, 2019 with his family by his side, surrounding him with love. He was 86. 

         Bob was born Feb. 27, 1933 in Amigo, West Virginia. He grew up in Black Eagle, Mullens, and then Beckley, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1950. He served in the United States Navy in 1950 and West Virginia National Guard 1951-53. He earned a Business Associate's Degree at Beckley College. 

Bob met and married Barbara Gail Darby in Beckley in 1954. Soon after, he launched a successful 22-year computer sales and management career with Burroughs Corp. Promotions at Burroughs  took Bob and his family to Oil City, PA; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Lima, OH; and Mobile, AL. 

An executive position at Recognition Equipment Inc. brought Bob and his family to the Dallas area, where he lived for 41 years. With Graham Magnetics and then Data Medical Associates, he traveled the world as an international sales executive. 

Bob’s lifelong passion was sailing. He bought his first sailboat in 1966. As members of Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock Lake in Dallas, he and Barbara frequently competed in regattas and sailed for pleasure. 

His greatest pride and joy came from being a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He devoted his retirement years to his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family. He lived each day with a servant's heart and a positive attitude.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Johnson Manning and Margaret Ann Prentice Manning, and his beloved grandparents, John and Emily Prentice, who raised Bob and his brothers after their parents died.

He is survived by the love of his life, Barbara Gail Darby Manning; his brothers, Eugene "Jack" Manning Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, and Ronald Manning of Glasgow, WV; children Robert Prentice Manning Jr. of Wylie, TX, Laura Beth Manning McGee and husband Dan McGee of Rockwall, TX, and Stuart Darby Manning and wife Sha-Chelle Devlin Manning of Fairview, TX; and grandchildren Jon Manning, Kathryn McGee, Chris McGee, Devlin Manning, Darby Manning, and Sage Manning.    

Flowers are welcome, or you may send donations in Bob’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project or charity of your choice.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Betty Clements (1935 - 2018)

Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM
Thursday, June 7, 2018 10:28 AM

Elizabeth “Betty” Arthur Clements, 82, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday May 29, 2018. Born in Newton, Maryland, on July 12, 1935, to parents W. Albert and Virginia Hunt Arthur, she was raised in nearby Bedford. Betty relocated with her family to Tenafly, New Jersey, where she graduated from Tenafly High School.  After receiving a degree from Keuka College, she married James J. Bayley and relocated to upstate New York. In the wooded suburbs of Rochester she lovingly raised her two boys.

Her later years were spent in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoyed over 30 years in a successful career as a high producing residential realtor. She was an active member of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder and was a member of the Martha Circle.  She was one of the founding members of the Singles’ group and was very active in it.  Betty enjoyed entertaining her circle and the singles and is especially remembered for her singles’ New Year’s parties.  She also volunteered at the Network of Community Ministries and other organizations in the community. She always maintained her wonderful sense of humor through her final years battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Mark Bayley of West Hills, California, and Bradford Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; two grandchildren, Brittany Scott of Castaic, California, and James Bayley of Santa Barbara, California; brother, Bradford H. Arthur of Greenfield, Indiana, and sister, Susan Arthur Seidel of Greenville, South Carolina.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 9, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 510 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681. Pastor Cassandra Wolfe Jackson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Rd., Richardson, TX 75082, or Interfaith Housing Coalition, 5600 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75206.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to The Haven in the Village at Chanticleer who gave such tender loving care to Betty in her final 2½ years.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM

Cynthia “Susie” Severin (1958 - 2018)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:14 PM

Cynthia “Susie” Severin was born on January 2, 1958, the fifth of nine children to Jean and Bob Miller in Camden, Arkansas. She grew up mostly in East Texas, graduating valedictorian of her class from Marshall High School in 1976. She followed her older brother Jim to college at Texas A&M.

It was at A&M that she met the love of her life, Bill Severin, who was Jim’s best friend and classmate.  After a short courtship, Susie and Bill married on January 7, 1978, just after Bill graduated with his bachelor’s degree. They lived on campus while Bill went on to graduate school and Susie earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. While at A&M, Susie and Bill met a small group of Aggies who became life-long friends.  These friends and their families have been getting together at least once a year for the last 40 years.  The “get togethers” started with wedding showers, then baby showers, and then just to be together with their “extended family”.  This will be the first memorial service for one of their small group.

They moved to the Houston area where Bill began his career at Texas Instruments and Susie worked in the accounting department of a local Savings and Loan. In 1982 they had their first child, Melissa. Bill’s job changed at TI which prompted them to move to Allen in 1985. They found a welcoming church home at First Presbyterian Church of Allen and became very involved in church activities. In 1988 they were blessed with a second daughter, Alice.

When Melissa started preschool at United Methodist Church of Allen, Susie left accounting to become a preschool teacher.    In 1995, Susie was named the director of the First Presbyterian Church of Allen’s new Joyful Beginnings preschool, which she had been instrumental in conceiving and creating.   By then it was clear that she had found her calling.  Her love of working with young kids was one of her life’s great passions.

Susie managed a busy schedule between her devotion to her daughters (getting them to sports, dance, piano lessons, Girl Scouts, and more), managing the preschool, and dealing with Bill’s hectic schedule.   In addition, she was PTA president at Boyd Elementary and Girl Scout troop leader.  She served two terms on session at the church and was nominated as Volunteer of the Year for Allen.  Susie’s life was one of service, never for praise or adoration.  Sher truly had a servant heart and helped many people over the years.  As her daughters grew up, Susie went to the Allen football games to watch Melissa in the drill team and to Alice’s basketball games. 

In 1998, Bill and Susie moved to Lucas where they designed and had built their dream house. Melissa and Alice graduated from Allen High School and made their Mother very proud as they also graduated from college and began careers of their own. In 2004, Melissa married Byron Foote and followed her mother’s tradition of working with kids, becoming a second-grade teacher in Allen.

In 2005, Bill and Susie moved their church membership to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, becoming active members. Susie continued her service to children by becoming a member of the North Star Learning Center board at Canyon Creek. She also serviced as a deacon at the church.

In 2009 her first grandchild, Emma, was born followed by two grandsons – Logan in 2012 and Asher in 2013. After 20 years’ service, Susie retired from the preschool director position to stay home and take care of her grandkids. 2018 started as a joyous year with the celebration of Bill and Susie’s 40th wedding anniversary and Alice’s wedding to Eric Burgett.

Susie always cherished a deep love of family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, reading novels, sewing, and gardening. She unexpectedly passed away after a very brief illness on May 7, 2018.

Susie was preceded in death by her father, Bob Miller and her older sister Dorothy Ann who died shortly after birth.  She is survived by her mother Jean Miller; her devoted husband Bill; daughters Melissa (and Byron) Foote and Alice (and Eric) Burgett; grandchildren Emma, Logan, and Asher Foote; brothers Bob, Jim and Chris Miller and their families; sisters Carol Warren, Patti Harrison, Angie Simpson, and Dee Tuma and their families; and a beautiful extended family and her many friends whom she held over the years. 

Susie’s sudden passing leaves her loving family and friends grieving for their loss but grateful for her impact on their lives and for their memories of her, especially her welcoming heart and her natural proclivity to put the needs of others before her own.

Her memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 3901 North Star Road, Richardson, Texas, 75082.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church.

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