Susie Alice Poindexter, age 94, passed away on April 15, 2008, at her daughter's home, where she has been living for the past six years. She was born on Nov. 25, 1913, to Wiley (Cub) Maynard and Miley Frances in Hugo, Okla.
Susie was the oldest of five children, two boys and three girls; she is survived by her brother, Earl Maynard, 86, who still lives in Hugo. Susie's father, Wiley, remarried and had 12 more children, with 10 surviving half brothers and sisters. Susie was raised in rural southeast Oklahoma, with her brother Earl, by their grandmother, Aunt Rene and Uncle Ginger.
Susie married Jim W. Norvell in Frogville, Okla., on Dec. 21, 1929. They had five children: James, Donald, Ellen-deceased, Johnny-deceased, and Judy. Susie has five grandchildren, Donny, Laura, Karen, David and Michael; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jared, Turner, Autumn, Jimmy, Jessie, Ambyr, Jessica, Wyatt, Aidan and Kalen.
Susie and Jim drove to California, with Susie always saying the movie "Grapes of Wrath" depicted exactly how they came to California camping and cooking along side of the road. She always said she hoped one day to be able to stay in a motel and eat in a restaurant. During the war, Susie worked on the P-38 until she got metal poisoning. She then worked for Federal Paper Board until she retired in 1975 to Cabazon, Calif., with her second husband, Hal Poindexter.
Susie loved to cook, and ever Sunday as the kids were growing up, she would have family and friends over for Sunday dinner, which started around two in the afternoon till around eight or nine at night. People knew there would be good country food and lots of it. This continued after the kids were grown, with families of their own would meet every holiday at Susie's for some good home cooking.
Susie was known to everyone either as Susie, Mom, Momma, Nanny and Aunt Sue. She never met a stranger and could carry on a conversation with anyone. Susie loved to travel and every year for the past 15 her daughters Ellen and Judy and sometimes cousin Jan would take a trip somewhere Susie wanted to go. Susie always managed a trip to Oklahoma every year to see her brother, Earl; sisters, Carla and Kathy; and all her nieces and nephews.
Susie loved her family and nothing pleased her more than to have all the family and friends over for a big dinner. I know Susie is with God now arranging dinners every Sunday and making her famous chocolate pies.
Mom was my husband's hero, at age 90 she single-handedly put out a fire started by a lightening strike to our barn with nothing more than a bowl of water and determination. She saved everything my husband and I owned, which was stored in the barn while we were building our house.
She was well loved by all and is going to be greatly missed. There will be a "Celebration of Susie's Life" on Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m. at her daughter's home in Kingman. For further information, call Judy at (928) 692-6227.