Sue Rombold

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Sue Rombold, formerly of the Rim Country and more recently of Tucson, died Feb. 25, 2008.

"Inspirational is the term used to describe Sue Rombold by those fortunate enough to know her. Her eight-year fight with cancer set a new standard for determination, toughness, courage and an unwavering optimistic attitude. Again, an inspiration," wrote her husband, Mike.

She was born Jan. 10, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas. She moved with her parents, Billie and Grady McKenzie, to Amarillo where she graduated from Tascosa High School in 1960.

She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where she was an honor graduate in 1964. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and distinguished herself as a leader both in her sorority and the university.

Following graduation, she married Mike Rombold, moved to San Diego and began her career. As a speech therapist, she mentored many children and parents into a positive new path. As an expert in public relations, marketing and sales, she again set new standards of success.

Loved and remembered as a generous, compassionate person who cherished her friends, she was admired by all.

The pinnacle of achievement came as the fantastic mother of her two daughters, Wendy and Tiffany. She always provided maximum energy, leadership, love and support.

Preceded in death by her father, Grady McKenzie and brother, Robert McKenzie, Mrs. Rombold is survived by her husband of 43 years, Mike Rombold. Her mother, Billie McKenzie; daughters, Wendy Schneider and her husband Jack, Tiffany Oberman and her husband Brian; and an especially beloved granddaughter, Emily Oberman, also survive her. Other survivors include her sister, Kay McCord and her husband Mike; and sister-in-law, Mary Mike McKenzie.

A private celebration will be held at a later date at the Grand Canyon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mrs. Rombold's memory to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in Phoenix, specifically designate research.

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