Anna Sue Comley, 87, died July, 23, 2014 at her home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Sue was born to Ernest and Mary Wood on Sept 29, 1926 in Canton, Mo. She was the youngest of four sisters (Winifred, Waneta, Amy and Marjorie) and a brother (Benjamin) who died 10 years before she was born.
Sue’s parents chose Canton, Missouri to raise their family, where the girls were able to attend Canton Public Schools and Culver Stockton College.
Sue graduated from Canton High School in 1944 and from Culver Stockton College in 1948 with a degree in Psychology and Education. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and served as its president.
In high school, she played clarinet in the band, participated in school plays and began singing solos at First Baptist Church. She attended a summer session at Culver Stockton and one of the teachers heard her and offered her free voice lessons. She continued voice lessons through college.
On November 22, 1951 she married Joe Comley and they moved to Quincy, Illinois where she sang in the city choir. Their first child, Mark, was born in 1952. In 1954 they moved to Rolla, Missouri, where their second child, Kathy, was born. In 1955 they moved to St. Joseph and became members of Wyatt Park Baptist Church where they made enduring friendships. Sue sang in her church choir, in the Community Chorus and at the Jewish Temple for the High Holy Days.
Sue taught children’s choir at WPB and was a Sunday school teacher for 45 years. She served as PTA president and co-chairman of the savings stamps sales program at Blair Elementary. She was also known as the “Witch” of Jackson Street, where countless children visited every Halloween to see her cackling and stirring a giant smoking cauldron. Sue was a mentor, a tutor, and a surrogate grandmother to many.
During her working career she was a soloist at Meierhoffer Fleeman, a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Food Kitchen and the caregiver and friend of two families she grew to love—the Kim Bowens and the Larry Zillners.
She loved her city of St. Joseph. She attended City Council meetings, read the newspaper daily, supported The Arts and Science Council and the St. Joseph Symphony and was politically active. She loved all music—from classical to jazz—and could be seen at most festivals, events and concerts held in her beloved city.
Sue Comley’s love for others was unselfish and kind. She admired other’s abilities—whether it was the individual who could lift him/herself from poverty, or an individual with an admirable talent. People were an unending joy to her.
She embraced others, welcomed embraces from others, embraced diversity and her belief in God.
She is survived by her sister, Margorie F. Brewer of St. Louis, MO., son, Mark W. Comley and wife, Rebecca, Jefferson City, MO.; daughter, Mary Kathleen Jenkins and husband, Adrian, Milford, OH; three grandchildren, Catherine E. Comley, Columbia, Mo, Russell J. Comley, Kansas City, MO., and Clare D. Moore and husband, Jason: and one great grandson, Rylan A. Moore of Cincinnati, OH.; and many relatives and friends whom she loved very much.
Memorial Services: 1:00 P.M, Saturday, September 27, 2014, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Edgewood Cemetery, at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial donations to be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
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