Sue Ellis Karnes was born Oct. 13, 1926 in East Chicago, Ind. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Ellis. Her father was a minister in the Church of Christ and as such moved from Indiana through Michigan and into Ohio. Being from the Depression years, the family served many churches in small farm communities. By the time Sue was in high school, the family was in Toronto, Ohio. Sue was active in band, drama and was an honor student. Summers were spent at "Eireside," a church camp for junior and senior high school students. Her father was the camp director for 25 years. After graduation, Sue studied at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary until she met Walter, who just returned from two years of Army duty. The couple were married on Sept. 13, 1947 and they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Walter was enrolled at Ohio State University under the G.I. Bill. Sue was the mother of two children, son Walter Jr., and daughter Kim. She loved them both and involved herself in many of the activities of their childhood, such as Cub Scouts and ballet. Although her family grew up in many states, she always made new friends and became involved in activities for young people. In Salt lake City, she was the director of the Y.W.C.A. In Spokane, Wash., she was coach of a championship girls' softball team. After Walter retired, Sue accompanied him on several consulting trips to South America and Slovakia where they assisted small businesses in developing countries. During all these years, she was an active member of the "Rotary Arms," the ladies side of Rotary. Although diminutive of stature, Sue possessed a remarkable spirit and charisma. Her character, her humor and her friendly personality drew many friends. She was the kind of person that you never forgot. She loved her God, her family and her friends with everlasting devotion. God bless her Scottish soul. A memorial service for Sue was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004 at the Bellville Church of Christ with Pastor Gene Palvado and Pastor Ron Miller officiating. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Mayo Clinic Liver Research, ATTN: Development, 200 1st South West St., Rochester, Minn., 55905. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, 12029 Highway 36 South, Bellville, Texas, 77418, (979) 865-2424.
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