Betty Sue (Howard) Cannon, 87, long-time resident of Olton, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Lubbock. Services were to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Main Street Church of Christ in Olton, with Rex Boyles, Church of Christ minister of Lubbock, and former youth minister at Olton, and Joe Carrasco, minister of Main Street Church of Christ, officiating. Interment followed in Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. Sue was born June 15, 1930 in Erick, OK. She moved to Olton with her parents, L.W. (Doc) and Loreta (Reat) Howard in 1943. She attended schools in Spearman, Amarillo, Hart, Plainview and Olton. She was a 1948 graduate of Olton High School. After graduation, she attended Watson Business School in Plainview. Sue was a long-time member of the Church of Christ. Employed by Olton Bakery, she also worked at Olton Drug and Pioneer Gas until her marriage to Jim Cannon on Dec. 23, 1950. They lived in Mansfield, Texas, Florida, and Indiana. Sue returned to Olton, after her divorce in 1964. The Olton Enterprise hired Sue as a typesetter and she became Managing Editor in 1967. Four years later, she purchased the Olton Enterprise, the Enterprise Studio and The Hart Beat. Sue was active in the Panhandle Press Association, and was a member of the Texas Press Association, National Newspaper Association and West Texas Press Association. In 2003, Sue was able to complete and publish her beloved “Cook of the Week” cookbook. Sue served on the Olton ISD School Board, the Olton City Council, Olton Retail Merchants, Olton Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Olton Lions Club. Preceding her in death were her son, Scotty, in Sept. 2012; her parents; a sister, Retta Lou Snider; a brother, Charles Ray Howard; and a grandson, Joseph Alcorta. Survivors include her children, a daughter, Susan Wiggains and her husband, David of Canyon; Jim of Amarillo; Guy of Atlanta, GA; Debbie Alcorta and husband, Joe of Olton; and Gregg and wife, Michelle of Conroe; and three sisters, Kay Gallion of Lubbock; Joyce Hoover and husband, Joe of Georgetown; and Belva Sikes and husband, Donald of Lubbock.

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