Susan Elaine Poorman-Blackie 64, of Houston and most recently, Washington, TX transcended to the heavens on July 4, 2014.|
Susan was born on June 29, 1950 in Kingsville, TX and grew up in Bishop where she developed her passion for being an engaged, active participant in life and in her community. After she married, she and first husband, James Dodson, pursued the cattle ranching life prior to moving to Houston in the early 1980's to raise their children. Susan was ahead of her time personally, professionally and spiritually, pursuing careers in both banking and the oil and gas industry and truly embodying her independent woman spirit. While being the sole provider for her children, she enjoyed a successful career with Bois d'Arc Resources, completed her degree in Business, and set out on a deeply personal journey to realize her dreams.
She remarried her true love and "adventure partner," Gary Blackie, in 2004 and spent the next decade with him traveling, living the outdoor life, spending time with old and new friends, engaging their passions for food and wine making, and pursuing her love of interior decorating, staying fit and healthy, and always growing spiritually. She also played integral roles on the Boards of Directors for the Houston Marathon Foundation and Professional Contract Services, Inc, and ultimately founded her own nonprofit organization, the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
In her final years, she was surrounded by family and close friends, enjoying her love of inspired ranch living in both Texas and Colorado in addition to her zest for life in Houston and on the shores of Galveston's beaches. While being treated for cancer, she remained steadfast in her commitment to living abundantly and seizing each day through her dear love of married life, her joy of being a mother, her passionate sisterhood with so many friends, and her pursuit of her varied creative interests, volunteerism and philanthropy, always abiding by The Golden Rule and treating others with respect, kindness and acceptance and always seeking comfort in her loving relationship with God.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Lady Earle and Don Eugene Poorman as well as her grandparents, William Verne and Daisey Earl Thorpe.
Susan is survived by her husband, Gary Blackie, her children, Mindy and Isaac White, Buck Dodson and Kevin Purvis, Betsy Blackie, and Weston and Natalia Blackie, her siblings, Larry and Judy Poorman, and her grandchildren Benjamin Davis and Brooke Blackie. She also leaves behind her beloved Retrievers, Pelto, Lola, and Ria.
The family extends their gratitude to the tremendous love and support of Susan's many friends and family and to the care of the doctors, nurses and staff of the River Oaks Doctors Group and The Methodist Hospital. Special thanks are given to the caring, expert attention of Drs. Jay Davis, Eric Bernicker, Nicole Fleming, Anu Davis, and to the exceptional love, guidance and assistance of Madeline Bunch. A final thanks is offered to the many women, past and present, affected by ovarian cancer - Susan's message to her OVC sisters was and always will be to "Believe in Healing."
In celebration of her life, her family will hold a private memorial service at Susan and Gary's home in Washington County, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation at www.spbovariancancerfoundation.org or by mail to 206 South Second St, Richmond, TX 77469 to support Susan's passionate mission to empower women with knowledge of ovarian cancer and to fund promising, innovative research for early detection and treatment.
It is with the deepest love, joy and affection that Susan is remembered for her brilliant light she shared with every person she encountered. Her kindness, generosity, sincerity, and signature positive outlook on life, especially the challenging lessons it brings, are an inspiration to all. She will forever remain in our hearts as our beautiful, elegant, determined, and powerful Susan and mom. Her gracious spirit will live on through eternity.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 12 to July 13, 2014