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Oct. 6, 1941 - June 22, 2011 CASHION Mary Sue "Susie" Pritchett joined our Savior June 22, 2011. A role model to many and a friend to all, Susie loved the people she met throughout her life. She was born Mary Sue Santee in Houston, Texas, on October 6, 1941, to Gwaultney Comer "G.C." Santee and Delilah Maxine Santee/Graham, nee Watts. She grew up with her two brothers, Stuart Watts Santee and David Kenton Santee, in Henryetta, Oklahoma, and was a proud graduate of Henryetta High School in 1959. One of her most cherished memories was playing her oboe and marching with the band in the Rose Bowl Parade. Believing in the value of education, Susie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1962 with a B.S. in Education. She obtained her Master's Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, in August, 1964. After teaching and editing textbooks for a few years, Susie returned to school and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1971 (during which she gave birth to her son). A strong advocate for women and children, Susie began her legal career as the first female attorney hired by the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office, the first female attorney hired by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the first female judge elected in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. She was one of a handful of women who debated and worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and often spoke publicly about issues that concerned women. She was also instrumental in revising the child support enforcement statutes, making it easier and more effective for parents to collect child support. Being the Judge of Kingfisher County was her greatest joy. She loved her community with a passion and desired to protect it and to help every citizen, even when that help involved tough decisions. Susie was a strong believer in the American Justice system and the need for courts to be places where all can receive a fair hearing and where justice can be done. Outside of the law, Susie loved being a part of many civic organizations, like the Republican Party, the Elk's Lodge, Lyric Theater, the Toastmaster's Club, Rotary Club, the Lion's Club, and others too numerous to name. Susie also loved participating in community activities wherever she lived. One of her greatest pleasures was driving her old Model A, "Nellie", in the Christmas and Fourth of July Parades. An active volunteer, Susie also enjoyed being a Sunday School Teacher for young children, a volunteer reader at a local middle school, and teaching students about government, avoiding drugs, and other subjects at various schools in Kingfisher County. She was also proud of helping to bring the YWCA to Kingfisher to work with victims of domestic abuse. She loved music, the arts and reading, though her truest and greatest passion was quilting and the opportunity to spend time in her Quilting Room with friends making quilts for family, friends and those less fortunate.An important part of Susie's life has been her faith. She took the walk to Emmaus and regularly attended Church with her family after being saved. In the spirit of Christ, she believed that helping others was a duty and was always willing to open her home to those in need. Over the years, she had a number of house-guests stay with her and her family until they were able to get back on their feet, including troubled teens and two Vietnamese refugees who lived with them for a year after the fall of South Vietnam. Her greatest love was her family and friends. Susie married Edd Pritchett, of Cashion, Oklahoma, on February 8, 1969. They have two children, a daughter, Lesleigh Steuart, married to Jay Steuart, and a son, Eddie Pritchett, and a third child by other parents, Kevin Santee. However, her favorite children are her grandchildren, Jonathan Santee, Andrew Santee, Nicole Hoerschgen, Savannah Shults, Drew Shults, and Hunter Steuart. From giving speeches on Birthdays, so the birthday person felt special, to hosting Christmas Eve parties, where everyone participated in a Christmas Play, Susie was most happy when surrounded by her friends and family. Susie died as she lived her life, surrounded by Jesus, her friends and family. A viewing will be held Sunday, June 26, 2011, from 2-4 at the First United Methodist Church in Kingfisher and Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June, 27, 2011, at the Kingfisher County Fairgrounds. Though it is a little darker down here, Heaven just got a little brighter. Love you Mom.

Published in The Oklahoman on June 24, 2011
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