UHV fondly remembers Tommie Sue Barrow

University of Houston-Victoria colleagues and friends of Tommie Sue Barrow said Monday they will miss Barrow’s smile, kindness and desire to take on challenges.

Barrow, a UHV admission assistant, was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident on Friday. She was 69.

Tommie Sue Barrow

“Tommie Sue was an asset to the Admissions office,” said Linda Parr, senior admission specialist. “Most days, you never knew she was here unless you looked over toward her desk because she was a quiet person yet had a strong work ethic. Her days were filled with applications, transcripts and students, and she carried her duties out well. She will be missed by all of us.”

Barrow has worked in the UHV Office of Admission since April. She initially was an office assistant, where she handled the scanning of all documents for student records. On Oct. 8, her title changed to admissions assistant.

Kat Munoz, a UHV admission analyst, said she and Barrow became good friends.

“We talked about Yoga, shopping and exercising regularly,” Munoz said. “She was always nice and never stopped smiling. One thing I know for sure is she never turned down a challenge. She did not like to be bored and always asked for something to do. I loved that about her; she was always a team player.”

Munoz even had a morning routine when she saw Barrow. Munoz asked her, “how are you, Tommie Sue?” Barrow would giggle and reply that she was well.

“Tommie was not your ordinary coworker,” Munoz said. “She will never be forgotten. I will always remember her and her smile.”

Barrow was born on March 2, 1945, in Moore. She spent nearly four decades working for Southwestern Bell. She also previously worked for Lack’s Furniture Center. She was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church.

A funeral for Barrow was held this morning at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to The Continuing His Vision Fund at Northside Baptist Church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro