Malva Sue Bounds

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Malva Sue Bounds passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6-8 p.m. today, August 28, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will celebrate her life of 78 years on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of Sue’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family. Sue was born on December 3, 1939, to Benjamin and Fay Goar Purcell in Cransfills Gap, Texas. She graduated from McAllen High School in 1958. Sue graduated University of Mary Hardin – Baylor in 1961. It was there she met her husband, the love of her life. On August 26, 1961, she married Jack Bounds in Belton, Texas. She excelled in many academic activities as well being selected as “Miss Bluebonnet” in the school beauty contest. Sue majored in voice and music. She was a member of Royal Academia and the Doranns singing group. She served 9 years on the Board of Trustees of University of Mary Hardin – Baylor. Sue received her Masters from Texas Tech with a certification in elementary administration. She was employed as a teacher and administrator in Lubbock ISD. In 1999 she retired from LISD after 36 years of which the last 12 years she was principal of Mae Murfee Elementary. Sue received many accolades and certification of excellence in education. She was honored with a joint resolution of outstanding education in both the House and Senate of Texas. After retiring she had a career as a model and acting in television commercials. After her second retirement she and her husband, Jack traveled extensively throughout the US and world. She was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church and as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and involved in various committees. Her walk with Christ was very strong and was able to witness to many with her concert and religious music. Survivors include her husband, Jack C. Bounds; children, Benjamin Charles Bounds of Lubbock and daughter, Melanie Ann (Bounds) Fencl and husband, Paul of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Jackson Paul, and Olivia Grae Fencl; great-granddaughter, Hazel Amelia Fencl; sisters, Ann Olinger and husband, Robert of Oakwood, TX; Betty Kopp and husband, David of New Braunfels, TX; and Penny Meier and husband, Dennis of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Fay Marie Purcell; and sister, Joyce Yarborough.


14 thoughts on “Malva Sue Bounds”

  1. Tom and Carol Sarich

    Sincerest condolences to our dear friend Jack Bounds and family
    Rest I peace sweet Sue

  2. Our family sends our thoughts and prayers to Jack and all your precious family. Sue touched so many lives and we were so fortunate to be blessed by knowing her. She will be singing praises with her beautiful voice with all our loved ones in heaven!!! Alynn Polnick, Chad and Cary Cain and all our family.

  3. The first principal that I had the privilege of working for. She taught me more about how to love and educate children in the four years at was at Murfee than you can imagine. Prayers for the family!!

  4. Sweet sweet lady. She was so beautiful inside & out. I know she will be missed. Love & prayers to all the family.
    LJ Turner & family

  5. MJ Kilcrease Kabaci

    Mrs. Bounds was a great friend to my parents – Frank and Wynelle Kilcrease. I particularly remember her laugh and good spirit. It was a blessing to know her. I send my love to Mr. Bounds during this time. MJ Kilcrease Kabaci

  6. My deepest and sincere sympathy for the Jack Bounds family. Sue was a beautiful, gracious, loving woman whom I will miss but look forward to seeing her someday soon. I am sure Sue is singing in God’s choir and my precious Allen is enjoying her voice. God bless each of you during this time.

  7. Kari Wilkes McLaughlin

    Grace, Peace and Prayers to the entire Bounds family! What an incredible lady Sue was! My first memories of her were shear terror as I became a part of her children’s choir at OBC. She was tough and made you behave! Terror quickly grew into immense respect (because you know I never got in trouble) and then love as my relationship with her evolved over many years of choir experiences, Sunday School classes, family vacations, social interactions (you know those Zany folks were always at the house) and Sue singing in my wedding in 1984. Life will definitely be a little less colorful now that she’s gone, but what a celebration she must be having now! I Can Only Imagine!!!

  8. I have many memories of her as my principal at Murfee She was a great role model for so many young people.

  9. Heather Ethridge

    My condolences to the Bounds family.

    Thank you, Sue Bounds. You are and will always be the embodiment of a Murfee Mountain Lion. From first grade teacher to sixth, then to principal, you were the greatest advocate any school could ever wish for.
    On a personal level, you let me read ahead, you let us come over to see Mr. Bounds’ stained glass, you never let a single hair stray from that glorious beehive as it went from black to blonde to white so elegantly, you didn’t kill me over that “little” science project thermometer issue(who knew mercury balled up and bounced on a cafeteria carpet?), you came out that weekend to watch competitive jump rope-really!, you fully supported ”real” Halloween carnivals, you didn’t disband the Rangers over that multiplying rabbit incident, and you were understanding (and seemed a bit impressed with my level of accuracy) when, as a sixth grader who knew better, I wound up in your office for knocking the crap out of Jubee with a full carton of chocolate milk.

    I bet you would’ve told those “common core” advocates to screw themselves-in the most polite, Southern way possible.
    Lubbock is better for having your influence. There will never be another Murfee, but we remember, and will pass it on.

    Heather Jo Ethridge
    Mae Murfee Elementary 1978-1985

  10. Jim Drake (Snyder,Tx)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jack. We enjoyed knowing Sue in our time at Oakwood. Blessings

  11. During the time I was an elementary principal in Lubbock ISD, it was a genuine privilege to work with Sue. She was an absolutely delightful lady who was devoted to the children at Murfee Elementary School. She spoke fondly of her faculty and staff. Sue was a credit to our profession. She contributed so much to our school system and to her church. Above all, she was totally devoted to Jack and her children and grandchildren. I know they will miss her very much. It is my prayer that God will comfort them with the very best of His blessings.

  12. Delia Lucky Stephens

    The Class of 1961 at Mary Hardin-Baylor is sad to read of Sue’s passing. What a beautiful picture of her, and her obit makes us proud. We will miss you, Sue.
    We will always love you. “Ties of Love Like That Above.”

  13. Delia Lucky Stephens

    The Class of 1961 of Mary Hardin-Baylor is sad to hear of Sue’s passing. What a beautiful picture or her, and her obit makes us proud. We will miss you, Sue,
    and we will always love you.

  14. Delia Lucky Stephens

    The Class of 1961 is sad to learn of Sue’s passing. What a beautiful picture of her, and her obit makes us proud.
    We will miss you, Sue, and we will always love you.

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