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1939 Sherwood Way
San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: (325) 224-2828
Sue Chowning

Sue Kathryn "Kathy" Chowning

Saturday, January 4th, 1958 - Friday, November 20th, 2020
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Sue Kathryn "Kathy" Chowning was born January 4, 1958. On November 20, 2020, after a brief battle with an illness, at the age of 62, she passed away in the hospital with her husband, Steve, by her side, holding her hand.
How does one wrap up and give a summation of their mothers life? How am I supposed to capture and express an entire lifetime of this woman, who gave us life, when the only thing that is on my mind is that she is no longer here on this earth with us? The answer is, I can't. But, I can try. I can tell you that she loved going out dancing, playing pool, making jewelry, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading the Lord of The Rings trilogy, and later watching the movies in marathon style viewing, and bar-b-ques and drinks with a ton of family and friends surrounding her. I could tell you that she was always the life of the party, she loved to sing, she was brutally honest and outspoken, that she didn't have any issues telling you when you were in the wrong and she wouldn't hesitate to knock you out if you needed it (She had a hell of a right hook)! All of that would be true, but there was so much more to her and I'd never be able to do her time on this earth justice if that is all I told you.
Kathy loved unconditionally, with her entire heart. There were no gray areas or exceptions. If she loved you, she just simply loved you. People were drawn to her and she was affectionately referred to as "Mama Kathy" by the myriads of people she claimed as her "adopted" children. I used to think that I'd like to switch places with some of these surrogate siblings for a day because she wasn't as hard on them as she tended to be with us. This week I learned that was not the case. Blood or not, they were treated just the same as if it were one of us! Her mama tendencies did not discriminate! We have also been told and reminded numerous times these last few days just how many times she has told people, that we three kids (and later her grandkids) were her biggest pride and joy and her greatest accomplishments.
Kathy is survived by her Mother Andrea McClelen; her husband Steve Chowning who says "she was the love of my life and my best friend"; her three children ReGina Hoag (Edward), Andrea Rowland (Josh) and Cole Disman; Seven grandchildren, Kayla Hasty (Dalton Highnote), Jordan Hasty, Ayana Leizear, Rikkie Ruschenberg (Amber), Travis Ruschenberg, Nolan Ruschenberg and Drake Disman; Six great grandchildren, Faith Ramirez, Zander and Zaiden Ruschenberg, Drake Disman, Lexie and Azaylea Leizear and Jack Reynolds; Brother in laws Dennis Chowning (Rosie), Bobby Chowning (Nan); A sister Betty Elder (Jack); nieces and nephews, Samantha Cimino (Steve), Ginny Martin (Steve), Jackie Lynn (Aimee), Jeff Chowning, Dane Chowning (and family), Michael Franke (Carla Allen), Kenny Elder, Jeffrey Elder and Deborah Elder Byler; and several great nieces and nephews.
Kathy is also survived by her three special lifelong best friends, who were not only her best friends but her "sisters", Leslie Lancaster, Delores Riojas and Sara Jane Peiser; a special "brother" and sister in law Rodney and Marce Bolen; two very special "daughters" Shelly McAda Bailey and Gina Eickenhorst Thorp; Special friends Jim and Judy Lacy and Brad Ashton; along with countless others that she considered her "children."
Kathy was preceded in death by her grandmother Eloise Gilbert, grandfather Ernest Birkett, grandparents Lorenzo Dow Aplin and Ruby Aplin, her father Kenneth McClelen, uncles J. F. Aplin and L. D. Aplin, sister Della Lynn, brother in law Gene "Shorty" Lynn, special friend Barbara McAda and special "sons" Luke Lindsey and Bubba Swafford.
Due to Covid, there will be no formal funeral services. The family will hold a celebration of life memorial at a later date, to be determined, for family and close family friends. The family extends our deepest gratitude for the endless love and support you have all shown. We will never be able to repay your kindness.
Rest easy, Mama. Until we see you again, you will forever be in our hearts and on our minds. We love you to the moon and back!

"There are a thousand moments we had taken for granted, simply because we foolishly assumed there would be a thousand more" - Morgan Matson
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    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
    Grape Creek Cemetery
    8813 Grape Creek Rd
    SAN ANGELO, TX 76901
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Gina Hoag

Posted at 11:58am
Oh Mama, I miss you so much. My heart is so broken. All I wanna do is pick up the phone and call you, because you're always the one I call at times like this, and I can't do that anymore. I feel so much guilt for moving away. I gave up my last three years with you and that is killing me. If I had known, I'd have never left. Nanny says "Don't you dare feel guilty. We go where we are needed and where we are meant to be." I'm not sure I feel much comfort in that right now. I just wanna go home so I can be closer to you even though I know you're not there. I am so glad I got to go home this summer even though the visit didn't seem near long enough. I hope you approve of your going out tribute. It wasn't very traditional or conventional, but neither were you, and 100% traditional just did not seem appropriate. I just hope I did you justice! I hope you know just how loved you were! I will miss you every day of my life! I love you Mama! 💋❤️

Becky Hardy DeMarinis

Posted at 07:56am
Steve, Demo and I are so sorry to hear of this terrible loss. I know that she meant the world to you. We loved Kathy, and want you to know that if there is anything that we can do, please let us know. I am praying for you and your family in this time of loss, that you will be comforted, and that he will have his arms around you.

Lesley Lancaster

Posted at 11:30pm
I have never read a more beautiful or accurate description of my beloved friend and sister. How I will miss and cherish her, and while knowing I will see her again in heaven comforts me, my tears won't stop for missing her already. Kathy was always there for for me and we shared many joys and heartache, tears, and secrets together. She was a completely trustworthy, loyal to a fault, fiercely protective, generous and a much loved friend. I told her she was like a toasted marshmellow, crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. And yes, she loved all her family deeply. Oh, my wonderful friend, how grateful i am for your faith and trust in Jesus, your example in so many things and our ability to disagree and love each for 50 years. I miss you so much and will, everyday until we meet again. It is my privilege to be called your sis'. Kids, Andrea my heart is for you in this sad time. Love you. Lesley.

Lesley Lancaster Posted at 11:50pm

Steve, You were the love of Kathy's life too. I can still see her smiling and laughing when she told me how you proposed. My heart and sympathy is for you too, friend. I'll see you soon. Lesley.

Gina Hoag Posted at 11:19am

We love you Aunt Leslie!

Rod & Marcy Bolen

Posted at 03:08pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Cathy will always remain in our Heart.
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