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loving wife, mommy, grandmother, forever teacher, tennis player, furry friend lover, genuine friend, and accomplished traveler; died peacefully in her Houston home surrounded by family on August 3rd.
Sue was born in Big Spring, TX on September 22, 1951, the daughter of Louis Vandergriff (deceased) and Ginger Claypoole (deceased). After losing her father at a young age, she quickly took charge of the family becoming her Mother's number one helper and big sister to brother, Gary Vandergriff and sister, Linda Vandergriff. Always an A+ student she eventually became the picture perfect teacher after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1973. During a summer off from teaching, she interned at Mobile Oil Pipeline meeting her destiny in an elevator, Stephen Wayne Akers. From the day they met, to the day they wed, was a mere three months. Steve and Sue, soul-mates, would have celebrated 38 years on August 14th.
Sue quickly found her true full-time profession as a loving wife to Steve and superb mother to their three children, Thomas Edward Akers, Katie Akers Wylie, and Amy Akers Bahlo. Susie was the world's best Mommy and Wife and loved every moment. Sue and her family truly lived a blessed life traveling the world as Steve's job in the oil business helped them discover so many treasures and create unforgettable memories. Her favorite destination was Grand Cayman, the yearly family trip for over 20 years.
Sue's friends in life were plentiful. Some say you are truly blessed if you can count your true friends on one hand. Sue would need her hands, toes, and her grandchildren's toes. She was blessed with friends and loved ones from childhood, college, expat living, tennis, the neighborhood and the list goes on. She is adored by so many.
In May 2009, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and given 6 months to live. Having lived a life full of happiness and joy, she had no regrets only wishing for the gift of grandchildren and to see her youngest child wed. Five years later she was blessed with four granddaughters, Jacqueline Sue Wylie, Gabriella Ann Akers, Hayley Elizabeth Wylie, Audriana Michelle Akers and one amazing wedding. Sue worshipped her grandchildren, showering them with love and gifts every chance she could. Sue would also want us not to forget her other life-long love, Lilly Marie Akers, her Cocker Spaniel who meant the world to her.
Sue's family will hold a celebration of her life with a Memorial Service at Cypress Christian Church, Spring, TX on August 8th at 10am followed by a reception at Raveneaux Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to "Scout's Honor Rescue" in Sue's honor as she loved helping our furry friends so much. To make contributions: https://secure.donationpay.org/scoutshonor or Scout's Honor Rescue, Inc., 1302 Waugh Drive, Box 245, Houston, Texas 77019.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 5, 2014