Trip's organizer among those killed on bus headed to casino

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 6:45 PM

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HURST -- Sue Taylor was known as "Casino Sue."

The 81-year-old woman who lived in Hurst was charming, vivacious, and a regular at casinos in Oklahoma, according to her friends.

She died Thursday after the bus she had chartered to take her and a group of seniors to Oklahoma's Choctaw Casino crashed in Irving.

"Casino Sue is my momma," said Marsha Taylor.

Marsha Taylor went to Parkland Hospital in Dallas Thursday afternoon searching for her mother after hearing about the crash.

It was a frantic search. Taylor was initially told her mom survived. She approached reporters at Parkland Hospital asking for help.

"They told me she is not one of the deceased, and that's all I know," Marsha Taylor said.

Hours later, she received devastating news. The family learned Sue did not make it.

According to family and friends, Sue has been coordinating trips to Oklahoma casinos for nearly ten years. She organized the Thursday bus trip to the Choctaw Casino. Passengers told us they paid $10 each, and they were set to receive $10 in slot play.

"She was doing this trip to make a little extra money," said Taylor's friend, Ken Hester. "She wanted me to go, but I said I will stay to take care of the dog."

Hester always took care of Sue's dog when she was out out town. He said she was a great friend.

"I can't tell you the emotions I'm having," Hester said. "I'm shocked that it's so close to home."

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