Susan Beth Sprowls beloved daughter of Mary and Don Sprowls and wonderful sister to brothers Steve and John passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Houston. A very special person, she touched many lives and left them richer.|
Susan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 5th, 1953. She attended Special Education schools in Calgary, Alberta and Denver, Colorado before moving with her family to Houston in 1964. She lived in her family home for most of her life, but also resided at Cullen Residence Center, Tarrytowne Estates Assisted Living before finally finding her "second home" in Tomball, Texas at a group home administered by Lauren McKenna, HCS, at the time of her passing.
Growing up, Susan enjoyed the many parties and gatherings at her childhood home and took her social graces from her late mother and father. She was a charming and gracious hostess and delighted in the company of friends and family. Susan had a surprising sense of humor and shared her gift of laughter with everyone. Susan made the playful banter with her parents, brothers, sisters-in law and friend's a joy to remember. She loved music and singing, in particular country music, and could dance for hours. She adored her poodle Ajax, and her niece and nephew.
She was a Special Olympian, and an excellent swimmer who won many medals in her sport. She loved to bowl and play miniature golf. Arts and crafts were a lifelong hobby and she often made cards for friends and family.
As an adult Susan sometimes struggled to find her place in the sun but she never lost her love of family and friends. Susan was a compassionate person and genuinely cared about others. Her personality and sense of humor enabled her to make friends throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her father Donald C. Sprowls in 2004, and by her Mother Mary C. Sprowls in May of this year. She is survived by her brothers, John Sprowls and his wife Lisa Gilchrist of Houston; and Steve Sprowls and wife Judy of Austin; and by her niece Kristin Sprowls Gilbert and husband Phil of Maplewood, New Jersey; and her nephew Garrett Sprowls of Austin.
The family wishes to acknowledge the love and caring given to her by the many people in her life. Our wonderful neighbors in Houston, the many caregivers who have helped and watched out for her over the years, and all of our friends who accepted her and made her a part of their lives. Her spirit and uniqueness will be remembered by all. She will be deeply missed but has gone home to be with her parents in peace.
A Memorial Service celebrating Susan's life will be held at Pines Presbyterian Church in Houston on Wednesday, December 18th at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her name to the Association of Retarded Citizens of Spring Branch Memorial (ARC), 9524 Kempwood Dr. Houston, TX 77080-3902.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 15, 2013