Sharon Sue Dockery


As Interviewed by Thana McLain, March 25, 2015
"I have always been on terms of that we are all God's children and that we all are equal in the sight of God and that we should all be equal in the sight of everyone else."
Sharon Sue Dockery

Introductory Profile: About Sue Dockery

Sue Dockery was born in Oklahoma City on February 27th, 1939 to Tom and Jane Sears. Throughout Sue’s life, she moved and traveled back and forth between cities, especially as a child. She went from Toledo to Dallas to Houston and back to Dallas again as a junior in high school. In 1957 she graduated from Hillcrest High School and planned on going to Ohio State for college, but her boyfriend, Frank McClain, talked her into going to Texas University and they became pinned as a seniors in high school.

There her journey began at Texas University, and she pursued a triple major of sorts. She started in studying English, then switched to Nutrition thinking she would want to be a dietitian, although after realizing how awful that would be, she switched to a teaching degree. By the end of it she had majored in Science with an Interior Design degree. She then married Frank in 1960, and they moved and lived in San Francisco for a year and a half, until they moved back to Texas to allow Poppi to finish his law school degree at Texas University once more. After Frank obtained his law school degree, the couple moved to Dallas.

I Dallas, Sue worked as a teacher at Sam Houston Junior High in Garland for five years. As the couple grew older and their relationship broadened, they pursued the concept of having children, but after they found this difficult, they ended up adopting a child, in 1968. Then later in 1975, after 16 years of marriage, there came another little girl, who was a huge surprise. Years later she went through a very sad divorce, and that’s when she actually started using her Interior Design degree, becoming a professional interior designer. She later moved to Austin in 2014.

As I prepared the room where the interview was to take place, I heard a knock on the hollow sound of wood. As I opened the door, the bright pleasant face of my grandmother looked up at me. “Hello!” she happily said as she entered my home. As we walked to the interviewing area she said “I hope I’m not too boring for you” and we sat down.

In the interview we spoke of the Civil Rights Movement and The Cold War. When we spoke about the Civil Rights Movement, we spoke about the life of a girl who had very liberal-minded thoughts despite having very racist parents, and some of the amounts of participation she took part in during this movement. During our discussion during of the Cold War, we spoke of the proxy wars such as the Vietnam and the Korean Wars, and how she and those who she knew and loved were affected by these wars. We also spoke of the topic of Communism and how, over time, her perspective changed on whether or not Communism is effective. These topics were very interesting because they greatly influenced the life my grandmother led and the decisions and choices she made throughout time.