Eugenia Sullinger died at the age of 92 years and eight months, at her home near Ezzell, in Lavaca County on New Year’s Eve, 2017, less than one half mile from where she and her twin sister Geneva were born, on April 30, 1925. In the ensuing 92-plus years, she travelled throughout the United States, and on every continent except South America and Antarctica. Eugenia and Geneva were star pupils at Ezzell School and San Marcos High, and entered Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College (now Texas State) at the age of sixteen. During World War II, Eugenia worked in aid of the War effort at Camp Normoyle in San Antonio. Later, while simultaneously raising a son alone, and working many of those years full time as a secretary, she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Trinity University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and became an accomplished educator in Junior and Senior High Schools and at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Following retirement, she and her husband, Burney founded and managed a safety consulting firm, working with large construction companies, building some of the tallest skyscrapers in Houston. She wore slacks and a hard hat with as much grace—and as much authority—as she did a dress and high heels. Eugenia was a founding member of the Ezzell Bible Class, and a member of the Hallettsville Reading Club and Lavaca County Retired Teachers.
She is survived by her identical twin sister Geneva DeBord Stender; her son Russell Roberts; two grandchildren and their spouses, David Roberts, and his wife Somyong Sukkij and Laura Slayton and her husband Jerry Slayton; five great-grandchildren: Benjamin Roberts, Hannah Roberts, Jacob Chapman, Ella Slayton, and Luke Slayton; five nieces and nephews: Geneva Lee Mickle, Dennis Cooper, Sharman Kummer, Douglas Jay Schleimer, and Roxane Bradley, as well as numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Eugenia was pre-deceased by her father Arthur Lee DeBord and her mother Viola (House) DeBord; her sister Vivian Cooper; and her husband, Burney Sullinger.
A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Shriners’ Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Farewell, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and dear friend. Vaya con Dios, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.