COLUMBIA — While working as a barmaid in Florida, Sue Ann Logan saved all of her tips and used the money to take her kids to SeaWorld and Disney World.
"She was a single parent with four kids, so it wasn't very easy for her, but she did the best she could," Walter Martin, Ms. Logan's son, said.
Sue Ann Logan of Columbia died Feb. 14, 2012, of complications from lung cancer. She was 58.
She was born March 12, 1953, in Meadsville, Pa., to Russell and Mae Williams Schafer.
While growing up in Mobile, Ala., with her father, Ms. Logan learned how to work on cars — a skill she passed down to her son.
"The most important memory to me is from when I was 9 or 10 years old, and I saw my mom take two car starters and make one of them work," Martin said. "It was the most impressive thing. It got me on a path of fixing things."
"She was a father and a mother," he said. "Whatever it took to get the kids what they needed, she did it."
Ms. Logan moved to Lincoln for job opportunities in 1985 from Alabama. She then moved to Florida. She moved to Columbia two years ago to be closer to her grandchildren.
In addition to working as a barmaid, Ms. Logan worked on an oil rig, drove an 18-wheeler truck and worked as a store clerk.
Martin said his mother never met a stranger. While she worked at Denny's restaurant, a co-worker and her daughter who were new in town were in need of a place to stay. Even though she had only known them for a couple of weeks, she let the family stay with her in her home until they found a place of their own. "She would help anyone — she was a very caring person," Martin said.
"If anyone needed anything she would give them the shirt off her back," Tonja Martin, Ms. Logan's daughter-in-law, said. "She took in cats and dogs and was a mother to everyone she met."
On Feb. 14, 2007, Ms. Logan had a lung removed. Exactly five years later, she died of complications from lung cancer.
"What we look at the most is that after Feb. 14, 2007, we got five more years, and we are all pretty happy about that," Walter Martin said.
She is survived by her mother Mae MacElhatton; four children, Walter Martin, Tammy Martin, Dale Snow and Eric Barbin; four siblings, Russell Schafer, David Schafer, Pam Barnes and Dennis Klingensmith; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Her father, Russell Schafer; her son, Tommy Martin; and two brothers, Danny Klingensmith and Larry Schafer, died earlier.
Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at the same location.
Condolences and tributes can be posted at bachyager.com.