March 5, 2009

(5/28/1928 – 2/26/2009)

Susan M. Ammons, 80, of Gorin died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

She was born the daughter of Howard and Mae Cook in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 28, 1928.

Her mother died shortly after her birth, and she was adopted by John Wesley and Ruth (Walden) McIntosh. She was raised by her adoptive parents John and Ruth, until Ruth passed away at the age of 56.

John then married Cornelia Mosely. Cornelia owned an antiques store, which Susan enjoyed. The family lived in Deland, Florida.

Susan attended the University of Tampa. There she met Hal Ammons, whom she would marry on June 12, 1948. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2006.

Hal would often say that Susan only agreed to marry him after he promised he’d buy her a horse and give her all the fried chicken she could eat. Her son Charles said that the catch was that she would have to raise all the chickens herself because the Ammons moved to a farm in Gorin after they graduated from college, in 1950.

Hal had been a radio operator when he served in World War II. After they were married, Susan joined her husband as a ham radio operator. Her operator certificate number was NOVUF.

Susan enjoyed many hobbies, especially traveling. She and Hal, along with their children Carol and Charles, would travel to Texas every winter following the harvest. She enjoyed gardening and working with flowers. She had a fondness for cats. Susan was a member of the Porter Extension Club in Gorin for many years, a group of women that worked to help improve the lives of other ladies in Scotland County. Susan was a supporter of the Gorin Go-Getters in the 1970s when her children were active in 4-H.

She was a member of the Gorin United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her sisters.

She is survived by her children, Carol Lee Ammons of Kirksville and Charles W. Ammons of Gorin; a brother, Raymond Cook of Sacramento, CA; many cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2009 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with the Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. David Tague performed “Whispering Hope” on the cornet. Bruce Tague, Paul Tague, Eddie Tague, David Tague, Bob Hunolt and John Shockey served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Gorin Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the family and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ammons family via email at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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