Sue Maddox, 1953-2006
Published Friday, December 22, 2006 in the Columbia Tribune.
Sue Maddox, 53, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, as a result of a car accident.
Visitation services will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.. Funeral services will immediately follow, with the Rev. Richard Ramsey presiding.
Sue was born Glenda Sue Collins on May 20, 1953, in Oceanside, Calif. She graduated from Hickman High School and then received her degree in early childhood education from Southeast Missouri State University.
Her most cherished role was being a devoted, supportive, loving mother to her three children. She loved family events and reunions where good food and card games were plentiful.
Sue worked as the registrar at Rockbridge High School, sending students off armed with their transcripts as well as a fistful of candy after every visit to her office.
Sue adored her job and only took time off to spend with her beloved family and friends.
She also loved dogs, the outdoors and every other aspect of life. One will have a difficult time finding someone as genuine, generous and caring as her.
Sue’s survivors include her parents, Don and Nancy Collins; and her three children, Merideth, Mason and Matthew.
Donations in Sue’s memory may be made to the Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Rockbridge High School, 4503 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Memorial tributes may be left online at memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
An obituary that ran on Dec. 22 should have read: Glennda Sue Collins was born in Oceanside, Calif., on May 20, 1953. Also, donations may be made to the Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Memorial fund honors high school registrar
By JANESE HEAVIN of the Columbia Tribune’s staff. Published Saturday, January 6, 2007She was known as a "quiet hero" to her colleagues at Rock Bridge High School, someone who encouraged struggling students to stay in school and achieve their goals.
Now, friends and co-workers hope the spirit of Sue Maddox will live on through a memorial scholarship fund created in her name.
Maddox served in various secretarial positions at Rock Bridge, most recently as registrar in the guidance office. She died Dec. 20 in a two-car crash on Highway 124 near Centralia.
The Sue Maddox Memorial Scholarship aims to reward students who have overcome adversity to graduate and pursue college.
"Sue was drawn to students," Rock Bridge Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter said. "She got real joy from seeing students do well and follow their dreams. She lives on whenever we can pat a student on the back in her name."
Maddox enjoyed hearing students talk about their plans for the future, said Marsha Uphoff, director of guidance.
"She was for the underdog and helped people achieve their potential. That’s what we’re hoping to do" with the scholarship, she said.
Organizers have already raised more than $2,000 for the scholarship fund. Donations can be sent to Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203.
Ritter said organizers hope more donations will allow scholarships to be awarded annually.
Creating memorial tributes has become a way for Rock Bridge staff and students to deal with tragedies. Last month, students raised money to adopt a Haitian village to honor the memory of Paige Siddall, a Rock Bridge senior who died Nov. 1 in a car crash on Route K.
School employees are also helping one another get through the grief of Maddox’s death, Ritter said. "This is a really difficult tragedy for us, but we have close relationships with each other," she said. "We lean on each other for support."
School staff held a tribute in Maddox’s honor after school Thursday. "We talked about all the wonderful things we knew about her, both as individuals and as a group," Uphoff said.
Co-workers remember Maddox as a devoted mother of three Rock Bridge graduates, Merideth, Mason and Matthew.
"She was a mother first, but she was also a mother to all of the students here," Ritter said.
Students worked closely with Maddox, either registering for classes or requesting copies of their transcripts.
"She treated everybody with enthusiasm," Uphoff said.
She said secretaries and the guidance staff are staying strong, trying to juggle the extra workload to keep the daily operations running smoothly.
"You can’t just replace someone like that," Uphoff said. "We’re trying to stay as positive as we can, but honestly, it’s really difficult. We miss her so much."