We regretfully announce the passing of the matriarch of our family, Sue Ann Hyde- AKA- Susie, Mom, and Mamaw. She passed away, at the age of 80, on the night of October 20, 2023, after being surrounded by loved ones, only because she was adamant that we not sit around watching her die.
Sue had a difficult battle with cancer and had beat it in 2017, giving her many more years of life. Unfortunately, this time, she didn’t have any fight left in her.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell, her dogs-Hot Dog and Fluffy and her parents, Harold and Maudlene Clarke.
Sue will be sorely missed and survived by her “dysfunctional” family. Her children; Lorie Mendez, Michael (Kami) Hyde. Grandchildren; Tiffany-her angel (Jeremy) Thompson, Jessica Mendez, Skylar (Jimi) Mendez, Presley Hyde. Great Grandchildren; Mitchell and Parker Thompson, Julieta Mendez. And her loyal sidekick, Petey-her dog.
Sue met the love of her life at the age of 15, married in 1962, and became a mother at the age of 20. She began her career as a beautician in their home on Addison street. This enabled her to be home and raise the children. As the kids got older, she obtained her medical technician degree and worked in a laboratory. She retired at the age of 53 from Covance. She spent her retired years helping Papaw with his business and caring for the grandchildren.
Sue was a kind-hearted woman; a loving mother and wife who spoiled her grandchildren and great grandchildren without complaint. She took extreme pride in her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was sweet with a side of zest and was quite the jokester. To know her was to love her. She either liked you or she didn’t; it was black or white. As her family, we are still trying to figure out which one it was for us (we know she loved us)!
Sue loved the sun and loved showing off her tan. Reading, shopping, her dogs, John Wayne, country music, Este Lauder, Christmas, sharing her birthday with her great grandson-Mitchell, Florida, and Jack Daniel’s were some of her favorite pastimes. She loved a good party and Mexican food. In recent years, she loved shopping on Amazon and tracking her packages.
She was known for not holding back her opinion and had a knack for telling it like it was. She always told you the truth, even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. She kept us moving forward with her constant love, words of encouragement, wisdom, comfort, and support. She always kept us in line. Having her constant love and support far exceeded everything.
Mamaw will be forever loved and forever remembered. She requested no services or celebration but we can’t say goodbye without a celebration in her memory. Cremation will take place at the family’s convenience, and her ashes will be kept around as long as they match the décor. We appreciate your love and support during this difficult time. The memories will forever live on.
There will be a celebration of life, anyone wearing all black will not be admitted into the celebration. Wear red in her honor-It's her favorite!