Mary Margaret Seewald "Sug" Blackwell

February 27, 1937 - July 9, 2020

Sug Blackwell, beloved mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away from covid-19 complications on July 9, 2020 in Austin, Texas at the age of 83. Sug was born in Beaumont, Texas, and grew up enjoying horseback riding, the beach, tennis, water skiing, diving and water ballet. She earned a bronze medal in diving at the Junior Olympics. After she graduated high school from the Brownmoor School in Scottsdale, Arizona, she attended The University of Texas at Austin to study Anthropology. She was a Pi Beta Phi member and alum. In her junior year, she was an invited Duchess during Fiesta in San Antonio. She was also, one of the founding members of the Los Charros Rodeo Club at The University and very proud of the silver belt buckle she won in the girls’ Wild Cow Milking Contest at one of the Club rodeos.

She married John Blackwell in 1958. Together they raised five children surrounded with love; she taught them how to help others and, most importantly, wanted them to be happy. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, and other outdoor sporting activities. Of course, Sug was her family’s best cheerleader and attended countless athletic activities for her children and grandchildren. Many of her children’s friends lovingly called her their “second mom.”

Sug was a member of the Junior League of Beaumont, Magnolia Garden Club, Sierra Club and Big Thicket Preservation Society. She volunteered countless hours at the Angie Nall School and other charities. She was also a Campfire and Bluebird leader and homeroom mom for her children’s schools. Her cooking and baking talents were legendary—dinner rolls, crab rolls, gumbo, rum cake, homemade mayonnaise, and more; her recipes were simply the best.

In more recent years, Sug moved to Lakeway where she was close to family and made friends inside and outside of the Brookdale community where she resided.

Sug lived her extraordinary life to the fullest. She loved her family and friends. They loved her and will miss her forever. She often said and she believed, “Life is good for a girl named Sug.” Her life was a life well-lived. Anyone who knew Sug would agree that she was truly one in a million.

Sug is survived by her children, Kate (Bob) Butchofsky, Alice (Ken) Hamilton, David Blackwell, Jerry Blackwell and Ricky (Kristi) Blackwell; grandchildren, Kathryn and Bobby Butchofsky, Luke, Keely, Tyler (Claudine) and Wyatt Hamilton, and Taylor Blackwell (fiancé Haley Steinbach); great-grandchildren, Corbin and Neve Hamilton; sister, Jane White; brothers, Fritz (Kathi) Seewald and Joe (Erika) Seewald; and many nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, a large celebration of life will be planned for friends and family. Donations in Sug’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Suzanne Wolfrom

What a genuine, caring and accomplished lady! Sug rescued me a number of times offering her culinary skills! She was a proud Momma of her children and cherished her friends. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven is getting a gem!

Ann Clary Old

I will miss Sug. She was always a highlight to see or talk with...and thanks to “caller ID” she began calling me OLd Ann Clary well before I was old! I would welcome the sentiment even in its truthfulness today if I could hear her say it...but will always hear her in my head when the holidays come around and I miss being able to order rolls and rum cake for Christmas Eve dinner! My love to each of were blessed with a dear, sweet Momma!

Candace Wilson

I am so sad that she is gone Thank you for sharing her with us. Her love of life and you all was very evident. Continued prayers for your family. Love, Candace,Sydney and Garrett Wilson

Mary Fears

Sorry to learn about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Mary Fears

Tim Cooper

Continued thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.

Tracie Hall

I have so many fond memories of Suggie. She was a true lady, but also full of spirit and adventure. Her legacy lives on through her beautiful family. You guys are in my prayers.

Shawnna Foster

May Sug rest in peace with our heavenly Father. Her wonderful children now have their own angel! I pray for peace and comfort for the family.

Ed Edson III

Cuz Sug was/is The Best ! ✨...a Wonderful example of how good a person can be. ❤️ Loved by All...Heaven now has A True Angel . ? My Best to All of The rest of The Family and All of those who loved Her So Much ✨

Winona Gray

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences, Alice and family. I am praying for peace for you all.

Andy D'Entremont

To the Blackwell family, I am very sorry for your loss. May your Mom rest in the arms of the Angels.

Mary-Jo Gellenbeck

My deepest condolences to her family and friends. The endearing smile on her face as she watched her children & their friends fill their home with laughter is one of my favorite memories from my childhood. Her generous spirit lives on in my heart.

John H. Fears

What a wonderful lady, Sug, was and is!! The world definitely lost a great lady, but God received one of his most faithful and loving Angel's. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless.. She will be missed, but remembered forever in all the hearts she touched .

david leblanc

Fond memories of your mother and my Mom. She was a neat lady.

Kathryn Campbell Lutts

Without a doubt Sug was the loveliest human being I have ever encountered. My son William called her”my other Mother” She will be missed by all who knew her. A star has gone from my sky.