On June 29, 2019, the streets of heaven welcomed its newest angel, Susan (Sue) Marie (Herro) Bailey.
Born in Escanaba, Michigan on Jan. 16, 1948, and moving to Brownwood as a young teen, Sue made her home in Brownwood for over six decades. She was married to Brownwood native, Benny Frank Bailey, for 52 years. Together, they enjoyed a wonderful life highlighted by the addition of their son, Thomas Glen Bailey.
Sue graduated as Salutatorian from Early High School in 1966 and married Benny in 1967. Sue and Benny began their marriage with a two-year stay in California while Benny deployed with his service in the US Navy. Upon discharge from the Navy, the couple returned to Brownwood where they built their home and family. Susan’s gifts went far beyond that of loving wife and mother. She enjoyed a fulfilling career in Brownwood where she worked first at the Woolen Mill and retired after 34 years as the office manager at Phillips Driscopipe Co.
As a wife, the love, joy and respect she shared with her husband was truly something to behold. An inseparable couple, Sue was a best friend, confidant and a genuine partner in life to her husband. As a mother, Susan was a nurturing and strong force in her son Tommy’s life. She rejoiced in his accomplishments, large and small alike, and in the fine man he became. While physically separated by miles, his regular phone calls and their extended visits were a source of such joy in her life.
A devout Christian, Susan was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church. Devoted to her God and family, Susan’s life was an example of grace, generosity and selfless love. She truly had a “Mary” heart, knowing what was important and tended to it well. As a daughter, her love for her mother was boundless and eternal. As a sister, her humor, caring spirit, generous heart and gentle soul are what we will carry with us forever. Her influence reached far beyond her husband, son and siblings, touching the lives of extended family including cousins, nephews/nieces and a seemingly endless number of dear friends who shared her light on this earth.
Susan joined her mother and father, Wannah Faye and Phillip George Herro; along with sister, Jane Doll at her new and eternal address in heaven.
She is survived by her husband, Benny Frank Bailey; son, Thomas Glen Bailey; sisters, Barbara Ratliff, Debbie Warren, Margaret Gressett; and brother, Jeff Herro. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
While never forgotten, she will be deeply missed in this earthly realm and we look forward to a grand reunion in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ when our names are called.
Funeral Services for Sue will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Francis Njoku officiating. Burial will follow at Santa Anna Cemetery. No visitation will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.