August 08, 2005

Public visitation, funeral today for Sue Gunter

Friends, family and fans will remember LSU legend Sue Gunter at her funeral and visitation Monday afternoon. There has been a tremendous outpouring of sympathy from people who were touched by Gunter's life and legacy.

Several hundred mourners turned out Sunday to pay their final respects to the late coach. Many who attended the services worked with Gunter or coached against her during her 22-year career as head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers Basketball Team.

Some young athletes even donned their basketball jerseys for the visitation. Although she never coached them, they said Gunter was a legend for the advances she made for women's athletics and an inspiration to young players across the country.

William Variste told how he appreciated Gunter's kindness.

"The love that she showed when I brought my daughter and friends down to the camp and attended games," Variste said, "it's what we look for in this day and time."

Visitation will continue Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on North Boulevard. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m.

Both the visitation and the funeral service are open to the public. Gunter will be buried next to her parents Tuesday in Walnut Grove, Miss.

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