Suzanne Park Kingsbery

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Suzanne Park Kingsbery, 86, of Beaumont, died Friday, January 25, 2013, at Calder Woods, Beaumont. She was born on May 4, 1926, in Port Arthur, to Edith Hemingway Park and Joe Schuyler Park, and had been a resident of the Beaumont area for 63 years. She attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur. Suzanne spent many summers at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas. After graduating from high school, she attended Belhaven College and later graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in music. It was there that she became a lifetime member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. On October 14, 1950, she married Henry Hank Williams Kingsbery at Rose Hill in Port Arthur. Suzanne was a loving mother and devoted wife who raised four boys and inspired all of her children to participate and give back to their communities. She was a mother that led by example. Mom was devoted to God and her Church. She was a founding member, elder, and officer of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. She also taught preschool at St. Andrews Day School for almost a decade. Mom was a decades long volunteer for the church including the Presbyterian Women and the Presbyterian Youth organizations. She cooked for any and all church functions and adapted to assist any church group in whatever they needed. Mom was a member of the Junior League of Beaumont for many years, always helping with the Spindletop Horse Show. She served as a Gray Lady at St. Elizabeth Hospital and was a longtime volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program and Some Other Place in Beaumont. Suzanne also supported the Kingsbery Friends and Family Fund of The Community Foundation serving Boulder County in Colorado. Mom was an enthusiastic Aggie Mother and supporter of Hank and the kid's Aggie ventures, in spite of her Arkansas roots. She loved to play bridge and had a lifetime of friends from bridge clubs. Mom passed on her aggressive bidding style to her grandchildren as well as her ability to play without sorting her cards. She had so many wonderful friends from her exercise group, her lunch bunch, bridge clubs, church, Junior League, and so many other fun and meaningful activities. Our family had many great memories from our beach cabin. Mom loved to crab, hang out on the porch, walk on the beach, peel and eat shrimp, watch the fireworks, and entertain friends and family for over forty years. Once the kids moved away, Mom traveled the world with Dad. They went to Air Force reunions, visited her kids, took her grandkids on trips, and cruised the high seas. Mom and Dad always made sure to plan a family gathering once or twice a year. She loved to go to the YMCA Camp at Estes Park and spend the week with her grandkids and children. It was always a special time to escape the July heat in Beaumont and to see the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Without exception, every third year all of her children and their families returned home from around the world to celebrate Christmas with her. We will miss those times. Although we were not perfect boys, our Mom gave us a perfect childhood. We can't think of a better tribute to her. Survivors include her children, Joe Thomas Kingsbery and his wife, Huimin, of Austin; Walter Woodward Kingsbery and Jane Christman of Boulder, Colorado; Stuart Park Kingsbery and his wife, Lauren, of Louisville, Colorado; and William Henry Kingsbery and his wife, Heidi, of Ahnatal, Germany; grandchildren, Austin and his wife, Amy; Kate; Sarah; Phillip; and Stephan; and great-grandchildren, Fischer, Marley, and Hallie. Mom is preceded in death by her parents; husband of fifty-seven years, Henry Hank Kingsbery; sister, Elizabeth Park Carter; and brother, Robert Hemingway Park. A gathering of Mrs. Kingsbery's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. with her memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A reception will immediately follow the service. Her family committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial contributions may be made in Suzanne's memory to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1350 North 23rd Street, Beaumont, Texas 77706; Some Other Place, P.O. Box 843, Beaumont, Texas 77704; or Kingsbery Friends and Family Fund, care of The Community Foundation Service Boulder County, 1123 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on Jan. 31, 2013
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