ERIE — Sue Shively, 78, of Erie died at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at the Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.

She was born Dec. 14, 1943, in Kinston, North Carolina, to Thomas F. and Susie M. (Smith) Sowers. Sue grew up in the Oxford Orphanage in Oxford, North Carolina, after the death of her parents and until she graduated from John Nichols High School in 1961. She then attended East Carolina University for two years.

Sue returned to Kinston, North Carolina, and worked at the hospital as a bookkeeper. Then she moved to Fort Scott to be near her brother and was employed at the Western Insurance Co. from 1964 to 1970.

On June 16, 1970, she married Wayne Shively in the chapel of Mercy Hospital at Fort Scott. In Erie, she was employed at the city hall and in the road and bridge department of Neosho County as a bookkeeper. Later she worked at Mid-America Savings and Loan and then Commercial Bank. She retired in 2001 because of health reasons.

Sue was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie and of its Altar Society. She was a volunteer at the Erie Museum and served as a den leader for Cub Scout Pack No. 32. She was also a founding member of the S&B Sewing group. She enjoyed traveling, doing cross stitch, quilting and embroidery projects.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Wayne, of the home; one son, Shawn Shively and his wife, Christy, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; one daughter, Stephanie Stark of Thayer and her husband, Buddy, of Erie; two additional children, Brian and Tara Gildart of Thayer; 10 grandchildren, Isaac Stark and his wife, Morgan, of Galesburg, Jacob Stark and his companion, Lily, of Wichita, Sarah Stark of Erie, Shelton Shively and his companion, Elena, of Agra, Oklahoma, Eli Shively of Pittsburg, Dolores Gonzales and her companion, Joe, of Chanute, Taybree Jones and her husband, Gage, of Chanute, Bryson Gildart of Thayer, Brogan Gildart of Thayer and Andrea Vining of Lansing; five great-grandchildren, Ezra Stark of Galesburg, Raelynn Shively of Agra, Oklahoma, Carsyn Pruett of Agra, Oklahoma, Caydence Hogue of Chanute and Tyler Rogers of Chanute; one sister, Violet Davenport of Durham, North Carolina; and one sister-in-law, Ginger Sowers of Gibsonville, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ersul “Ert” Sowers and Thomas Sowers; and two sisters, Mavis Stroud and Ellen Garrett.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church at Erie with the Rev. Theodore Khin officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church with visitation following. Memorials are suggested to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS, 66733. 

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