Sue Ann Anderson passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Hopkins House in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Sue was born on March 22, 1938, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the daughter of Junial Douglas, Sr., and Henrietta Bogan Douglas. She was a 1956 graduate of Ball High School, and married Vandy Anderson in 1971. Vandy preceded her in death by just four months, after 45 years of marriage.
Sue was a lab technician for the U.S. Public Health Service and for the University of Texas Medical Branch until her retirement. She spearheaded numerous blood drives and was passionate about the UTMB Blood Bank, often persuading friends to help meet urgent needs for blood donations.
She was a true, loyal and faithful friend. She was there when her friends needed her, sometimes before they even realized how badly they needed her! “Aunt Sue” to innumerable children in Galveston and beyond, she remembered their birthdays, celebrated their accomplishments and danced at their weddings. Aunt Sue was always there for them.
Her community service included membership on the City of Galveston Cruise Ship Committee, and she was among the most stalwart advocates for building a cruise ship terminal on the Island. She was active in the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association Black Tie and Boots Gala Committee, the UTMB President’s Cabinet Membership Committee, the UTMB School of Nursing Advisory Committee and Holiday Style Fashion Show Committee, and Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. She served as Co-Mistress of Robes for the Knights of Momus, and she and Vandy were recent Treasure Ball honorees. An avid member and often founder of many Mah Jongg groups, she enjoyed travel with friends and cooking with Vandy.
It can be said behind every successful man there is a Sue Anderson. She was Vandy’s copilot in every sense, always at his side keeping the radio station running during hurricanes, tracking election results, holding wrenches, stirring the stew, navigating road trips. While many believed the secret ingredient in Vandy’s oyster stew was butter, it was actually Sue.
Vandy and Sue were inseparable partners in life, and now in heaven.
In addition to Vandy, she is preceded in death by her parents; her son Jerry Lee Krc; brother Charles Durwood Douglas, and sister Edith James Thomas. She is survived by her brother, Junial Douglas, Jr., and wife Caroline of Yantis, Texas; two sisters, Ruby Neely of Scroggins, Texas, and Viva Russo and husband John of Dickinson, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home in Coushatta, Louisiana, with a family graveside service to follow at Clear Springs Cemetery in Martin, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held in Galveston at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, with Reverend Raymond Pinard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please become a blood donor in Sue’s honor, or contribute to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.