It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sue W. Gambrell on January 1, 2024. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Sue was a pillar of strength, love, and wisdom to her family and friends. Born Sue Elaine Wellman on September 14, 1938, in Auburn, NY, to Kenneth E. and Mildred C. (Farrell) Wellman, Sue's life was a beautiful journey that touched the lives of everyone she met. As Helen Keller once observed, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Sue lived these words daily, infusing every interaction with warmth and affection.\n\nSue's passion for art and education led her to Syracuse University, where she studied Fine Arts with a focus in advertising art and commercial design. A member of the Delta Gamma sorority, Sue's college years were marked by the development of lifelong friendships and a deepening of her love for art. Following graduation, she taught art and substituted in the Auburn school district, nurturing the creative souls of her students. She later partnered with her husband, Ken Gambrell, at Gambrell Life Insurance. Upon their retirement, they traveled extensively, finally settling in Mission, Texas, where Sue became an active community member.\n\nThroughout her life, Sue was a woman of many talents and interests. She was an accomplished artist, an avid reader of historical novels, and a passionate Syracuse University basketball fan. Her involvement in the League of Women Voters and the Daughters of the American Revolution reflected her commitment to civic duty and historical preservation. As a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburn, she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir, testament to her deep faith. An avid swimmer, walker, and cross-country skier, Sue believed in the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind.\n\nSue was immensely proud of her family's heritage, tracing her lineage back to the first settlers who arrived on the sailing ship Hopewell in 1638. She was the descendant of two Salem witches, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Cloyce, and had 22 relatives who fought in the battles of Lexington and Concord. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn," and Sue carried the strength and resilience of her ancestors with grace and humility.\n\nSue is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Ken Gambrell; children Glenn Gambrell (Beth), Brian Gambrell (Vicki), and Carl Gambrell; grandchildren Jordan, Lydia, and Simon Gambrell, Jack and Jett Hudson; great-grandchild Adaline Gambrell. She also leaves behind nephews Gregg, Scott, Terry, and niece Leslie (Holasek) Stansfield, alongside countless friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Mildred Wellman, her sister, Linda (Wellman) and her husband James Stansfield of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and brother in-law Foster L. Gambrell, Jr. ESQ of Anderson, South Carolina.\n\nA Celebration of Life for Sue will be held at the Retama Village Clubhouse, 2209 Seagull Lane, Mission, Texas, on February 3, 2024, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Sue's final resting place will be RGV Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Mission, Texas. We invite those who knew and loved Sue to visit her memorial page, where you can share memories, upload photos, and celebrate the remarkable life she led.