Sue Stambaugh Gunnels, 83, of Amarillo, passed away August 29, 2019. Sue was born August 22, 1936 in Amarillo to Julia Adeline Stambaugh and Harry Hilton Stambaugh. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1954 and was proud to be a Sandie! Over the years Sue continued her education by taking classes at Amarillo College.
Sue married the love of her life, Wayne Gunnels. Together they explored the country by motorcycle and in a travel bus they built with their longtime friends, C.F. and Sterlene Secrist. Sue loved to visit the casinos whenever possible. She was also an accomplished bowler. She was a part of many championship tournaments and celebrated victories.
Sue was a lifelong resident of Amarillo. Sue had two daughters, Susan and Shelly. Sue loved her family above all things. She was the matriarch of the family and was always there to help anyone in need. She provided counsel, love, sarcasm and humor to everyone in her life.
Sue had a passion for children and animals. She was always the one to bring home stray animals that needed a home and love. You never knew how many animals would be at her house each time you visited her. In her final days, she loved to sit outside and watch the birds and rabbits outside her home.
Some of Sue’s fondest memories came from traveling the country watching her grandchildren participate in volleyball and football. She always made sure to check the paper for stats and photos to memorialize the events. She would get so excited that in tight competitions she would pace the sidelines, cover her eyes and mumble instruction and encouragement.
Sue began her work career in high school and went on to develop a strong work ethic. She pursued a career as a draftsman for Sante Fe Energy and Slawson Oil Company. Her career with Slawson Oil Company led her and Wayne to re-locate briefly to Witchita, Kansas. When she returned to Amarillo she began working for Pantex and she permanently retired in 2000.
After her retirement, she was able to help care for her great grandchildren, travel and volunteer. Sue volunteered at the Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center for over 10 years.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her granddaughter, Amber Kimball; her mother and father; two sisters, Margaret and Jean; her brother, Bill; nephew, Russell Stambaugh; and niece, Sondra Johnson.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Bellar and Shelly Bohannon and husband Erick. Grand children, David Kimball, Dustin Bohannon and wife Cori, Aryn Goldberg and husband, Jared. Great grandchildren, Carly Taylor, Bailey Taylor, James Taylor, Jacob Kimball, Landon Bohannon and Silas Goldberg. Her sisters-in-law Christine Gunnels and Mary Stambaugh. “Aunt Sue” is also survived by nephews Stan Stambaugh and wife Ann, Jackie Wayne Gunnels and wife Brenda, and Rick Ellenberger and wife Charlene, Michael Frosch, and nieces Judy Love and husband Danny, Carol Connally and husband Doug, Julie Daily, and Karen Frosch. Cousin, James Magee and wife Mary. Two best friends that completed the “Golden Girl” group, Jerry Reed and Ann Baze. She has many great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday September 3, 2019 at Saint Stephen United Methodist Church, 4600 S. Western. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo. There will be a visitation Sunday September 1st at Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount from 1:00 – 2:30.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Amarillo SPCA or The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center.