Sue grew up in the Mountain Grove and Norwood area and graduated from Norwood High School in 1965. She was the mother of four daughters: Shelley, Marilyn, Sharilyn, and Sheila. Sue married Boyd Friend on December 29, 1993, and they made their home in Mountain Grove.
In her younger years, Sue was an avid softball player and spent many years coaching her girls’ teams. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, working in the yard, growing beautiful roses, raising a garden and canning her produce. Another favorite pastime was raising dogs. Sue greatly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going out to eat together, and taking trips to Silver Dollar City. She worked at DFA in Cabool, Missouri, and retired in 2011 after 23 years of service.
In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Hess, on June 14, 1991, and by a great-grandson, Wyatt Forbes.
She is survived by her four daughters, Shelley Graves and husband Harry of Humansville, Missouri, Marilyn Hanna of Nixa, Missouri, Sharilyn Emery and husband Brad of Mountain Grove, and Sheila Docherty and husband Scott of Branson, Missouri; two brothers, Ronnie Deaton and wife Sheila and Randy Deaton and wife Karla, all of Mountain Grove; one sister, DeeDee Deaton of Mountain Grove; six grandchildren, Levi Forbes and wife Stephanie, Keiautie Emery, Colten Emmerson, Whitney Barnett and husband Patrick, Larissa Hawley, and Halle Hanna; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way; many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and other family and friends who will all miss her greatly.
Memorial services were held on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Dennis Walton and Ronnie Turner officiating. Song selections were “I Will Rise,” “When We All Get To Heaven,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Memorial contributions may be made to Three Rivers Hospice in care of Craig Hurtt Funeral Home.