Ida Sue Hightower, 74, of Melrose, NM, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family in Lubbock, TX on March 1, 2018. She was born on February 6, 1944 to Clint and Beulah Acker Lockett in Clovis, NM.
Sue grew up on the Litchfield farm 3 miles north of Melrose. She became a Christian on June 20, 1954 and was a member of First Baptist Church for 64 years. She was blessed with musical talents and began playing the piano for First Baptist Church when she was 14 years old. Sue was elected to play the organ in 1963 and has served as the church organist since then. Sue was very active in the First Baptist Church. She loved her Sunday school class and enjoyed helping prepare meals for the youth on Wednesdays. Sue loved working in her yard and had the most beautiful flowers. She had a love for dancing and most of all, spending time with her kitty, Boots, whom she loved very much. Her positive attitude and love for the Lord was evident even in her final days. Sue was also the Office Manager at Melrose Grain & Elevator for 42 years.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Clint and Beulah Lockett; sister, Ellen Burns; and brother, Dale Lockett. She is survived by her husband, Donald Hightower of Melrose, NM; daughters, Brenda Wilson of Hobbs, NM and Pamela Hightower of Hobbs, NM; and sister, Charlyne Dennis of CA; and 3 grandchildren, Tanner, Tyler, and Halli.
Services will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2:30pm at First Baptist Church in Melrose, NM, with Brother Durwood Wofford, officiating. Burial to immediately follow at Melrose Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Hollaway, Ernest Riley, Barry Green, Johnny Lay, Jim Lay, Steve Boyd and Tuffy Pinnell. Honorary bearers will be all farmers and ranchers in the area.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Melrose Cemetery Association.
She was a very classy lady and always had time too
talk. She will be missed........
Dene' HelwigEast Amherst, NY
We love you all❤️
Johns familyCarlsbad, NM
Love and hugs to all of you. Brenda I have always loved the way you love your Mom and it was beautiful to see how much she loved the entire family. Thank you for sharing her love story with Jesus with everyone. She is celebrating life! We love you all. - James, Donna, Hannah & Kennedy
Johns familyCarlsbad, NM
1 Thessalonians 4:16--17. Forever Goal
William WaldronHobbs, NM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time! May God give you peace and comfort!!! Love to all ❤️❤️🤗
Pam & Flint KnightEastland, TX
What a pleasure it has been having known Sue, some of my most memorable thoughts of her was back when I was in high school. Oh how lovely she played the piano and organ. I’d also meet up with her on those Melrose streets... boy she sure had a fast speed walk!!
She had a kind and bubbly personality...prayers to all her family who are heartbroken and missing her.
Kelli ModesetteMc dade, TX
So sorry for the loss of a wife, mother, and grandmother. Prayers for each of you.
Norma GilbertHobbs, NM
My deepest condolences for the Hightower family. May God's love provide you comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Patricia Johnson Vierra
Patricia Johnson VierraEl Paso, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. KC and Angela Cranfill
Angela CranfillHobbs, NM
So sorry for your loss. I know she will be dearly missed. I will pray for y’all in this time of sorrow. Love you all.
Bradley BlackHico, TX
Thinking and praying for you all during this time. May knowing she is in His Kingdom worshipping Our Lord and Savior bring you joy. Peace be with you. Bailey and Kelley Brake
Kelley BrakeLindsborg, KS
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Casey & Leticia RainsHibbs, NM
Prayers for strength and peace. She left an amazing legacy and touched the lives of evowhi knew her. ❤️
Mellony TurnerHobbs, NM
Sorry for your lost.Prayers of comfort.
Reba KennedyHobbs, NM
So many precious memories. I will never forget her sweet sweet smile and her welcoming demeaner!! She was a special classy lady. Most of all her Christian example will live in our hearts forever.
Robin WoodFort Sumner, NM
Very sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for your family.
The Mills FamilyHobbs, NM
We are very sorry about your loss, we pray that God will bring comfort to all of you.
Elio BarriosHobbs, NM
I'm so sorry I won't be able to attend the service on Sunday, as I have to work a disability clinic. My thoughts and prayers will be with each of you.
Edith Ann Walling~ BradleyClovis, NM
Sue was the glue that held the Class of 1962 together for these last 56 years. We All will miss her in the many ways she showed her love for us all. We admire the way she raised and loved her family.
Lois Lindsey CrozierAmarillo, TX
To this precious family, please know that our hearts are broken and we lift you up in prayer. Sue was one of the most friendly, sweetest and kindest people I have ever known. Her sweet gentle spirit and precious soul will be remembered by all of us who loved her so much. Hugs for all of you.
Edith Ann Walling~BradleyClovis, NM