Mary Susan Appelquist

Mary Susan Appelquist, Springfield, MO, suffered a fatal heart attack at her home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was 66.
A highly esteemed trial attorney, Susan was one of the first women to practice law in Southwest Missouri.
Susan was born on July 28, 1954, to John and Martha Appelquist. The family lived in Mount Vernon, MO until 1963, when they moved to Springfield, where Susan attended Springfield Public Schools. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from University of Missouri in 1976, graduating magna cum laude. Susan earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from University of Missouri School of Law in 1979, where she was a member of Law Review and Order of the Coif.
After working for a year in St. Louis, Susan returned to Springfield to practice law with her father in the family law firm. When her father became Greene County Circuit Judge, Susan took over his practice in Springfield and Mount Vernon.
In her 42 years as a trial attorney, Susan earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for her clients, receiving an AV ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. Susan was Vice Chairman of the Missouri Supreme Court Advisory Committee, serving for 10 years on the committee which oversees the attorney disciplinary system for the State of Missouri. She regularly shared her expertise on attorney ethics at Missouri Bar Association seminars. In 2019, Susan was honored with a Women’s Justice Award, General Practitioner, by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Susan was preceded in death by her husband, Loren R. Honecker, and by her parents. She is survived by her siblings: Janice Craig (Joe) of Rogers, AR; Carol Sheppard (Bob) of Fort Lauderdale, FL: Nancy Allen (Randall) of Springfield, MO; and John Appelquist of Springfield, MO. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Sarah Lamberth, Yancey Craig, Matthew Sheppard, Meredith Sims, Elizabeth Dase, Benjamin Allen, Mallory Bacon, and Martha Susan Allen. She is survived by 9 great-nieces and nephews, and by her stepdaughters, Catherine Honecker Galdonik and Elizabeth Honecker Reagan. Susan is survived by her beloved longtime friend, George Schwandt, and family.
During her life, Susan was a member of the Presbyterian church, serving as deacon and ordained as Elder and Trustee.
Susan loved family gatherings, Mizzou football, and an annual springtime trip to Oaklawn in Hot Springs.
Throughout her life, Susan was a pillar of strength for her family and friends. In times of crisis, illness, or hardship, she was the person we leaned on for comfort, aid and support. She was valiant, lion-hearted, and loyal. Her personal life and career embodied the words of Micah 6:8: “to do justice, and love kindness”.
A private memorial service will be held on January 11, 2021, at Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, conducted by Phillip Wright of The Venues Church. A private burial will follow at Hazelwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the following scholarships benefitting aspiring college students from Mount Vernon and Miller, MO. The “Bonnie L. Holmes Scholarship Fund” and the “Ruth Hinshaw Tobey and Mabel Grady Scholarship Fund” are not-for-profit corporations located in Lawrence County, MO. Susan personally oversaw the designation of these scholarships each year. Donations may be sent c/o P.O. Box 146, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712.


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312 S. Hickory St.
Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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