In Loving Memory
Susie Council Ferrell
1928 – 2021
On February 14, 2021, Susie ‘Sue’ Council Ferrell, a force of nature at age 92, was unexpectedly taken from us after a fall on ice during one of the worst winter storms ever seen in the history of Central Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nettie Miller Council and Ralph Emerson Council, her sister and childhood partner-in-crime Annah Madeline Chandler, daughter Martha Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Pryor, her husband Milton Earnest Ferrell Jr., and her great-grandson Joseph ‘Tyler’ Williams. She leaves behind her brother Robert Emerson ‘R.E.’ Council and his wife Janet, daughter Patricia Lynne Ferrell Swinson, son-in-law, Kendall Jones Swinson, granddaughter and namesake Susan Swinson Cooper and her husband Christopher, grandson Kristopher Lee Swinson and his wife Mary, great-grandchildren Ryan Williams, Carson Williams, Savannah ‘Annah’ Williams, and Gabriella Cooper, nephew Greg Chandler and his wife Vannette, niece Linda Chandler Lewis, nephew Brian Chandler, nephew Ronnie Council, nephew David Council, niece Reta Szlosek, cousins, and countless friends whom she treated like family.
Born June 25, 1928 in Jasper, Florida, the daddy’s girl was nicknamed “Jinx” by her father and had fond memories of sharing cornbread and coffee with him during many childhood mornings. The Council family moved a bit for work during the Great Depression but eventually settled in Georgia. Sue worked for Western Union and then for Crane Company where she met the love of her life and future husband, Milton. They were married July 11, 1947 at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Sue and Milton were happily married for nearly 57 years before Milton passed away, and it is only fitting that they were reunited in heaven on Valentine’s Day.
After 24 years with the US Defense Supply Agency, US Forest Service, and US Environmental Protection Agency, Sue retired from federal service in 1992. Having been a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, for many decades, this Steel Magnolia moved to Texas in 2008 to be near her daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandchildren. She settled in the city of Kyle, which she grew to love dearly along with all of its citizens, leaders, and accomplishments. She was a devoted member of Kyle United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club, Kyle VFW, Kyle Police Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, and the Hometown Networking Group of Kyle. After receiving the City of Kyle’s Ambassador of the Year Award four times, the Volunteer of the Year award, the Spirit of Kyle award, serving as the Grand Marshal of the Founders Day Parade in 2018, and receiving the only honorary Key to the City from the mayor ever presented to a community member, Sue tirelessly declared that she still had a lot of things that she wanted to accomplish.
“Miss Sue”, as she was lovingly known to so many, was a tireless bundle of energy and enthusiasm. Her family often joked that they could barely keep up with the “Energizer Bunny”, even at the age of 92. She was sass with class, an adventurer at heart who was always willing to try new things, from riding in a hot air balloon to graduating from the Citizens’ Police Academy. She enjoyed a good game of bridge, chess, and crossword puzzles, and making friends everywhere she went. Sue also loved to travel, usually packing the lightest of anyone else and yet somehow always having a magic ‘Mary Poppins’ bag containing anything that anyone might need. She had traveled to 32 countries and thought the fjords of Norway and waterfalls of Finland were among some of her favorite scenery.
After riding a rough rooftop roller coaster in Vegas at age 87, she exited the ride with a smile and a droll, “Well, that wasn’t such a good idea was it?” This attitude and adventurous spirit encapsulates Sue’s outlook on life – jump in with both feet, good humor, and enjoy the ride no matter where the twists and turns take you.
One of Sue’s trademarks was her famous classic southern pound cake, which she baked from scratch and gave away as freely as her hugs. Many folks have been the lucky recipients of these comforting, golden domes of delight. In Miss Sue’s honor, her pound cake recipe is as follows:
Miss Sue’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened (no substitutions)
- 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Shortening for greasing pan
Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined. Add vanilla extract; beat just until blended.
Combine flour and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into prepared tube pan.
Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour.
*In lieu of flowers, Sue would hope that you perform
a random act of kindness for someone else in her memory*