Sue Ellen Hartman Warner of Terre Haute died in her home with quiet dignity on the morning of Wednesday, July 18, 2007, after a long and determined struggle with cancer. Family and friends were with her in loving support. Sue was born in Terre Haute on July 5, 1940, to William R. Hartman and Florence Maxine Cole Hartman of Parke County, Ind.

She is survived by her spouse, Edward A. Warner of Terre Haute; her mother, Florence Tappy of Hattiesburg, Miss.; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry Hartman and Ronald Burr, Cindy and Rod Guthrie of Hattiesburg; her mother-in-law, Roberta M. Warner, of New Philadelphia, Ohio; her daughter, Kelly Shawver of Indianapolis; her son, Chris Shawver of Terre Haute; her stepdaughter and son-in-law, Christa and Carlos Cruz of Arlington Heights, Ill.; her stepson and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Karla Warner of Terre Haute; her four grandchildren, William and Journey Warner and Emily and Tessa Cruz; and by aunts, uncles, and cousins in the vicinity.

Sue graduated from Casey High School, in Casey, Ill., in 1958. She received her baccalaureate degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, majoring in speech communication and she earned a Master of Education degree in school counseling from Indiana State University.

Sue taught for 25 years in Marshall, Ill., High School. Originally certified in speech and English, she was a charismatic speech teacher, a debate coach, and a director of high school plays. But, she particularly enjoyed and was proud of her achievements in the last 15 years of her career as a dedicated high school counselor. Her students and colleagues alike openly praised her for her unusual insightfulness, exemplary competence, and successful endeavors in the counseling field. She retired in May 2000.

Sue was past president and secretary of the local chapter of the West Central Indiana School Counseling Association. She was an active member of numerous professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, the National Education Association, and the Marshall Teachers Association.

In her retirement, Sue was energized by special friendships and community service through the Dewey Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Rebecca Johnson Memorial Retreats, the Wednesday Crossroads Breakfast Club, and the Madame Brown Red Hat Society, among others. Sue was an active and cherished member of the First Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Terre Haute, serving on the Board of Directors and Program Committees. She loved and was beloved by her church family. She was regarded and valued as a warm, empathetic, listening person by virtually all who knew her. Sue will be dearly missed and generously remembered.

A Memorial Celebration of Life service will be held in her honor and remembrance at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 1875 Fruitridge Ave.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to the following: First Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 1875 Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803, P.O. Box 3070, or call (812) 232-1193; the Hope Center, Hospice of Wabash Valley/Visiting Nurses Association, and the Rebecca Johnson Memorial Retreat Foundation. DeBaun Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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