Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
Family friends described Sue Taylor, who went by the name "Casino Sue," as a "firecracker" of a woman.
The organizer of a bus trip to an Oklahoma casino was killed when the private charter bus overturned on an Irving highway on Thursday morning, the Department of Public Safety confirmed.
The bus was headed to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., when it crashed on northbound President George Bush Turnpike at about 9 a.m.
Sue Taylor, 81, of Hurst, and Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth, died in the crash, DPS said. More than three dozen people were injured.
Family friends described Taylor, who went by the name "Casino Sue," as a "firecracker" of a woman.
"We're devastated," Janet Denham said.
Her friends said Taylor often planned casino trips and would entertain her guests with games during the road trips. Her daughter told NBC 5 that her mother had been organizing the trips for 10 years.
"She's a very nice person," said Ken Hester, who dog-sitting for Taylor. "I've lived here for 10 years; she was my neighbor for five. ... She's just a very good person."
Marsha Taylor, Sue Taylor's daughter, earlier told NBC 5 that she did not know where her mother was and was looking for her.
NBC 5's Amanda Guerra and Eric King contributed to this report.