Sue Kirk Curtis passed on from a long life well-lived on October 15 in Bryan, Texas. A celebration of her life will be held in the atrium of First Baptist Bryan Monday, October 19 at 1:00pm. She will be buried in the Kirk family plot at the Liberty Community Cemetery near Cameron, Texas at 3:30pm that afternoon.

Sue was the third of six children born to Annie Malone Kirk and Robert “Bob” Kirk in Hanover, Texas. She remained a devoted daughter and sister in the closest of families throughout the lives of her mother, sisters, and brothers, all of whom predeceased her. Shortly after her 21st birthday, she was happy to marry into another large and loving Texas family, and one of the joys of her life was raising her daughters Suzanne, Jan and Jerri Lea in close proximity to their two dozen first cousins in Houston, Texas. With others in the family, Sue was a charter member of Uvalde Baptist Church, and was deeply committed to her church family for more than 60 years, in particular the church volleyball team and teaching her Sunday School ladies in the Ruth class.

In addition to her work and service at church, Sue had a long career as a legal secretary with Andrews & Kurth LLP, and enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie of her colleagues there. Upon retirement, Sue dedicated herself to her church and her family, volunteering in her local elementary school and visiting with patients in the nursing home. Sue spent her remaining years in Houston enjoying time with her oldest friends and closest family before moving to Bryan in 2014 to be near her daughters.

Sue is survived by her daughters Suzanne Smith and Jan Pampell, her son-in-law Dennis Pampell, all of Bryan, her grandchildren Jeramy Pampell and wife Mitzi, Emily Smith and husband Murray Newman, Cynthia Smith McCollum and husband Kelly McCollum, Leslie Pampell, Tara Welborn, Seth Welborn, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her youngest daughter Jerri Lea Welborn, sons-in-law Pat Smith and Art Welborn, and the dogs she treated like family over the years – all of whom she adored and doted upon.

The family requests memorial gifts be made to Liberty Community Cemetery Association, the beautiful country cemetery where Sue will be buried with her parents, grandparents and siblings. (C/O Treasurer, 3370 CR 237, Cameron, TX, 76520)

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  1. I have so many memories of Sue and family beginning with Uvalde Baptist Church. She was a special blessing to many. I hope she and Vendetta are catching up
    Prayers for comfort.

  2. She was a dear aunt, one of my mother’s older sisters, that I am so thankful for having in my life and that I will never forget.

  3. Although I only met Sue a handful of times, she always made me feel like we had known each for years. The world has lost one of its lights, but heaven shines a bit brighter. I know Jerri is rejoicing to be reunited with her mom in heaven. May God lay His healing hand on her family.

  4. Like a second mother to me, Sue was a fixture in my life. Possessing a wonderful laugh and endearing charm, she made me feel special without really trying. During a rough stretch in my life, she gave me a bible, carefully filling out the opening page with my name and hers. She will be missed and loved forever.

  5. Please know what a blessing she was to me and my family. Some of my favorite memories were playing with cousins at Aunt Annie’s house and listening to my mother and “Aunt” Sue tell stories on each other about their high school days. She is treasured in many minds.

  6. Cousin Sue was such an energetic and upbeat person. She was a very special friend and cousin to my mother, Marie Mode Schmidt, during their childhood in Cameron and into adulthood. What a life well lived!

  7. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring comfort to you and your family as you grieve the loss of your mother, mother in law and grandmother.

  8. Privileged to have known such a beautiful Christian lady, such a wonderful influence on so many lives. MS, Sue the grandmother of my beautiful niece, and nephew, and mother to my precious Jerri, Heaven is rejoicing. Thanks Ms. Sue for your influence.

  9. I remember Sue as a beloved Sunday School teacher and one of Mother’s best friends. I remember the football games & socializing before and after with fond memories. I know Mom, Sue and Hazel are doing a lot of catching up. The “3 friends” have eternity now together. I understand the pain and empathize with her family during this difficult time.

  10. Wonderful lady! Our family is dwindling down. I know this beautiful lady will be missed. Addie Malone Cryer family.

  11. A wonderful friend who will be missed for the joy and love she gave to others. God bless you family with wonderful memories. A loving bible teacher and enthusiastic volley ball player. God blessed BJ and I with friendship through the years.

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