Sue Wilber Quarles, 80, of Crossett, passed away on August 9, 2015 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.
She was a graduate from Dry Creek High School where she was valedictorian of her class and attended Northwestern State University, majoring in in elementary education. She played half-court basketball, became a synchronized swimmer and worked in the university library and cafeteria to compliment her scholarship.
In 1957, after only three years in college, she received her degree and became the first member of her family to graduate from college. In 1971, she went on to receive her master’s degree in Remedial Reading from Northeast Louisiana University.
Throughout her career, she taught school in Shreveport, Louisiana; Norfolk, Virginia; Fountain Hill, Arkansas; as well as 33 years in the Crossett Public School District where she retired in May of 1995.
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority and an active member of First Baptist Church of Crossett for almost 50 years. She loved teaching Sunday school and helping with Awanas. In addition to volunteering in church activities, she loved to crochet, needle point, sew, draw and work in her garden. She was an avid reader.
She was born January 22, 1935 in Dallas, Texas and was the daughter of the late Claude and Evie Wilber.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Wilber, Jr.
She is survived by a son, James Quarles, III and wife Laura of Ruston, Louisiana; a daughter, Beth Currie of Little Rock; three brothers, David Wilber and wife Martha Nell of Crossett, James Wilber and wife Rachel of Denham Springs, Lousiana, and Paul Wilber and wife Ramona of DeRidder, Louisiana; one sister, Rosemary Cannon and husband Jimmy of Milo, Arkansas; two grandsons, Ethan Quarles and Jake Currie; two granddaughters, Nicole Currie and Caty Currie; along with a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held August 12 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Crossett, with Pastor Jamie Staley officiating. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Ridge Cemetery near Castor, Louisiana with Pastor Donald Nells officiating under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers are Larry Cannon, Jeff Cannon, Jake Currie, Ethan Quarles, Christian Kidd, Kevin McKenzie, and Kim Grigg along with Michael Nelson as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be August 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.