Biff + Sue Horrocks | The Little Star Room
Two of their children were away at college. Their youngest was in 7th grade. And everything was about to change…
In 1998, Biff and Sue Horrocks took a leap of faith and became the new owners McDonald’s in Shamrock, Texas. Sue, a registered nurse and Biff, previously a plant manager at Atkins Pickle Company, looked at each other and said, “What are we doing?”
The high school sweethearts were married almost 50 years ago in Pennsylvania. Life and careers took them around the country until they lived in Arkansas for 11 years. The opportunity to own a McDonald’s store certainly wasn’t the easy route. The transition posed many challenges but as Biff noted, “It never occurred to me to fail.”
Years later, they visited Oklahoma State University with their youngest and fell in love with Stillwater. In February of 2004, the Horrocks planted roots in the community they now call home.
They have poured into the community in many ways. They are grateful to be able to give back and are humbled by the journey that life took them on. Their involvement with Special Olympics has made an impact on thousands of lives over the years. For nearly 20 years they have fed the athletes, coaches and volunteers during the games. During the 2019 Special Olympics, they fed 8,000 people in 40 minutes, a new milestone.
We can also thank the Horrocks’ for keeping our Oklahoma State football coaches alert and well-caffeinated. They have been supplying coffee and cups to the staff since 2011.
Other non-profits like CASA for Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Stillwater Medical Foundation are among a long list of local beneficiaries impacted by their generosity. Sue served on the SMF Board of Directors for two consecutive terms and played an integral role in establishing the Women of Wellness program.
To honor their three children and six grandchildren, Biff and Sue were inspired at the 2022 Gala to fund a NICU Patient Room at Stillwater Medical. “Twinkle, twinkle little star is the song I always sing to the kids. It just made sense to call it the Little Star Room,” smiled Sue.
Their gift is making it possible to bring elevated care to the smallest patients right here in Stillwater.
Thank you, Biff and Sue.