Lottie Jo (Sug) Owens Bloxom, went to the Lord on February 19th, 2012, in Midland, Texas.
She was born in San Angelo on July 17th, 1926, to Tom & Ella Owens. Sug grew up on various ranches in Crockett, Irion, Reagan, and Upton Counties. She made a "top hand" working beside her mother, father and sister raising sheep and Angus cattle. As a baby her father would take her horseback by carrying her in the front of his saddle. By the time she could walk, she was taking horses out by herself.
In the late 1930's and early '40's, Sug would ride in rodeos as a sponsor girl, because there were no competitive women's events. In 1943, as a college freshman at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, she and her sister, along with others, began the Girls Rodeo Association to get timed events for women.
Roy Rogers, a leading cowboy movie star, recruited her in 1945 to be one of five selected "Ranch Girls". The "Girls" toured with Rogers for a month and performed with him in numerous venues, including Madison Square Garden in New York City.
After graduating from TCU in 1949 with a teaching degree, she moved back to the ranch with her parents and taught school in Big Lake. In 1950 she married her husband of 54 years, Shankle Bloxom, whom she met at TCU. They moved, with their two children, to the ranch in Upton County in 1956 after the death of her sister.
Sug and Shank made Rankin their home and were very active in their community and church. As a mother and grandmother she was beyond compare. Her patience and kindness were limitless. She had the unique ability to be a childlike playmate with kids of all ages. Her love of the country and all animals both wild and domestic is legendary.
She is survived by her daughter, Deb Bloxom of Andrews; her son, Tom Bloxom and wife Lou of Rankin. Five grandchildren: Sha' Bloxom Thomas and husband Craig of Corpus Christi; Amy Lide Hegeman and her husband Jon of Anniston, Alabama; Lorissa, and Aaron Lide of College Station, TX and Katelyn Lide of Odessa. Three great-grandchildren: Adalie and Dreese Thomas, and Ella Kate Hegeman.
Sug was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ella Owens; her sister Margaret Owens Montgomery; and her husband Shankle Bloxom.
Services will be held at First United Methodist Church of Rankin on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Jennifer Kelley officiating. Burial will be at the Rankin Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.