Sue Gamblin

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Sue Gamblin
August 10, 1929 - February 10, 2015
Marilyn Suzanne "Sue" (Smith) Gamblin, 85, died peacefully at home on February 10 with her family at her side. Sue was born August 10, 1929 in Bluffton, Indiana to Mervin S. (Sr.) and Garnet Smith. She was the youngest sibling to brother, Mervin (Jr.), and sister, Pat. The tales of her childhood were happy ones, under the eye of her father's shrewd protection and her mother's steadfast watch through the tough years of the great depression and WWII. She entered adulthood with a strong faith that carried her through all her life.
Sue received her teaching degree from Indiana University and began her career in Indianapolis. She was an adoring, and equally adored, mentor to countless first graders for many, many years, a profession she felt honored to hold. Sue moved to Texas a short while later where she met the love of her life, James Gamblin, in the choir at Kerrville Methodist Church. They married in 1956 and immediately started a family. They later became "Mom and Dad" to many more from Chuuk and other Micronesian Islands when they moved their family there on the adventure of a lifetime in 1971-1973.
Sue and James followed their hearts across the nation, teaching in Texas, Colorado, Idaho, and of course, Chuuk. Their sense of adventure expanded their children's knowledge beyond geography into a broader understanding of culture and community. As a family of parent-educators, summers were idyllic vacations spent camping in the Sawtooths with the RG Mastersons, hosting relatives at Yellowstone National Park, and traversing to Texas and Minnesota to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. No matter where the family roamed, Sue provided a true "mobile" home for her children and husband. Everyone, and there were many, who shared meals with the Gamblins is sure to remember her baking skills, keeping homemade bread, rolls, cookies, and pies well stocked.
Sue and James reveled in their retirement from the Nampa School District in the early '90s with travels across the nation from Alaska to the east coast, as well as to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Bali. Music and dancing were core to their very being and for their last many years she and James could be found at Pengilly's every Thursday night swaying until they could sway no more to their favorite band, The Frim Fram Four.
With James' passing just eight months ago, Sue has bided her time to follow him home. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother. Sue is survived by her sister, Pat; daughters Melissa (Joe) Barrett, Marcia (Don) Reed, and Amy Gamblin (Jim Grosso); sons Mark Gamblin (Susan Ortega), Randall (Sandi) Gamblin; grandchildren Kebai (Ryan) Bills and Belau Gamblin (Agnes Oiterong, mother), Nathan (Jessica) Barrett, Seth Barrett, Sara Jo Barrett, Kyle Grosso, Mikaila Grosso, Ruby Reed, Sam Reed, Michael Espinosa (Amanda Vincenti); Jeffrey Romero, Joshua Romero, and Justin Romero; and six great-grandchildren and counting.
Services will be announced at a later date and will be coordinated through Nampa First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Sue's life of teaching and loving by contributing to scholarships, supporting your local blood bank, or giving your time to your community.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 13, 2015
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