MarySue Michels Standifer, 60, Tyler, passed away in the mid-afternoon hours on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
MarySue was born on Sept. 8, 1954, in Champaign, Ill., to Paul R. Michels and Glenagene (Wynn) Michels. She married Kenneth R. Standifer on June 7, 1986, in Sadorus, Ill. She worked for Southland Corporation and the University of Illinois before moving to Tyler in September 1998. MarySue received five associate degrees from Tyler Junior College and continued on to earn her Bachelors in History with a Minor in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Tyler on Aug. 15, 2008.
MarySue was an active member of the Smith County Historical Society. She enjoyed researching the Caddo Indian history and painted the Caddo Indian mural at the Society. MarySue also conducted extensive research on her family genealogy, tracing it back many generations. A Texas Ranger fan, she enjoyed attending their games with her husband. An avid animal lover, her dogs, Tyler and Ranger, brought great comfort and joy to her life as did spending time with the animals at the Caldwell Zoo.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth R. Standifer; her father, Paul R. Michels; one sister, Betty Ruth (Don) Book; two brothers, Connie E. and James K. Michels, of Sadorus, Ill.; eight nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and -nephews; and one great-great-niece.
She was preceded in death by her mother; one brother, Paul R. Michels Jr.; and one nephew.
Visitation was Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler. A graveside service will be today, April 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery in Tyler.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 7, 2013