Suelene “Suzy” Andrews, 95, passed away peacefully on the morning of Dec. 5, 2017, in Lakeside.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Holbrook United Methodist Church, located at 118 W. Arizona St., with graveside services to be held at the Holbrook Cemetery immediately following the church service.
Suelene Lazenby was born June 7, 1922, in Bluffton, Ark., to her parents Calvin Reed Lazenby and Mary Roberts McCall (Lazenby). In 1923, they moved to Carlsbad, N.M., to be with other family members and due to the economic situation at the time.
She grew up in Carlsbad and attended school there with her three sisters until her high school graduation. Here she met the love of her life, Leroy “Pete” Andrews. They became husband and wife on May 25, 1945, at Christ Church in New York City, N.Y., while Pete was serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Afterwards, they continued to live in Carlsbad and in the meantime, had two sons and one daughter.
In 1963, they loaded up the three ornery kids and moved to Holbrook to own and operate the Chief Motel. She later started working at the First Navajo National Bank, which later became Great Western Bank. She eventually became the operations officer of the bank while Pete ran the motel. In 1970, they sold the motel but remained in Holbrook. Pete became Holbrook’s first planning and zoning inspector until he retired in 1981.
Suelene enjoyed family and friends, cooking (best known for her famous pecan chocolate cake), volunteering for every church function possible (hence the name her children affectionately dubbed her and her sister Ruth as “The Church Ladies”), volunteering for the food bank drives, helping run the polls during election times and helping raise her grand-children. She was once named Holbrook’s Woman of the Year. She was very loved by many and will surely be missed.
Survivors include her sister, Ruth Lazenby; her daughter, Linda (David) Craft; her son, David; four grandchildren, Brandon, Brett (Jen), Lynn Lewis (Danny) and Davin; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Suelene was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy; two sisters, Callie Lazenby Welch and Ruby Jones; and her eldest son, Randy.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Holbrook United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Holbrook, Ariz., 86025.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook handled the arrangements.