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Susan McAdams Harrell


1948 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Susan McAdams Harrell Obituary
Susan McAdams "Ninnom" Harrell passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2014, at a Dallas hospital. Her family surrounded her with love and prayer as she took her final breath. Her "monster" did not win this battle; rather, our Lord took her to a better place! Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday at University Christian Church in Fort Worth followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. Visitation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth. The family invites guests attending to wear pink to honor Susan's memory. Memorials: Donations may be made to the Susan McAdams Harrell Endowment for the Children's Closet, University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76109. Susan was born in Fort Worth on March 15, 1948. She grew up in the Riverside area where the McAdams family was involved in the development of "6 Points." She graduated from Carter-Riverside High School in 1966 and Texas Wesleyan College in 1970. She married her husband, Bill, on July 31, 1969. After that they began a 10-year journey in the Air Force following Bill's flying career, moving 13 times in those 10 years, but making friends that have endured through today. In 1979, Bill's MS required his medical retirement and another door was opened. They moved to Stone Mountain, Ga., where they lived for four years. Because of an opportunity to transfer to an office in Dallas, they moved to Plano and lived there for 13 years. In 1998, they moved back home to Fort Worth; it took a while, but they finally came back to their roots. Susan retired after 20 years of dedicated service as a flight attendant with American Airlines on Nov. 30, last year. She also was an instructor at the flight academy for several years. Throughout her career, she was always noted for that wonderful smile and treating each passenger as they were the only one on the flight. She was so loved by her fellow flight attendants and instructors. Involvement: That was Susan's passion throughout her life. First, her children, Jennifer and David, were always her top priority. She made sure she was at every dance recital, school play, soccer game, softball game, baseball, etc. Her love for both of them only grew stronger throughout her life. When the grandchildren, Cameron, Bailey and Corbin, were born, that dedication to their lives continued. Where to start? Officers' Wives Club, Junior Leagues of Atlanta, Plano and Fort Worth. Fort Worth Women's Club. Colonial Country Club. First Grandmothers Club. Deacon, elder, Sunday school president, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Needlers, Children's Closet, Christmas Angels at University Christian Church. Despite not graduating from TCU, the purple blood flowed in her veins. She was one of only a few non-graduates to serve on the Clark Society board. A TCU sporting event -- she was there. I have lost my very best friend and "wingman"! Survivors: Her husband of 44 years, Bill; her daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Jon; Jennifer's daughter, Cameron; her son, David, and his wife, Darcy; their boys, Bailey and Corbin; her older brothers, Bill and his wife, Cathy, and Jim and his wife, Ruth; her goddaughter, Randi, and her husband, Ricky; their children, Addison, Aubrey and Trenton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved Susan all of her life.
Published in Star-Telegram from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2014
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