Susan Wauben
Susan Elizabeth Wauben (Ashba)
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 3, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Lima, Ohio, United States
  • Date of passing: May 4, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Hemet, California, United States
"How lucky are we to have someone so special as Susie Wauben to say goodbye too"

This memorial website was created in memory of Susan Wauben (Ashba), 70, born on February 3, 1944, and passed away on May 4, 2014. She was loved by all of her family and friends and her adventurous spirit will truly be missed.

Her ashes will be spread at White's Landing, off the coast of Catalina Island, California; and Yosemite National Park, two beautiful places where she had requested to rest.

This memorial is intended to share Susie's life with family and friends.  


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Marlene McAdam on 4th May 2015

"Still makes me smile when I think of you.  I.hug you e ever y. Day and know your ok now .  Love you my friend."

This tribute was added by Deanna King on 22nd May 2014

"thank you Natalie for sharing this beautiful memorial to your mom.  We met Susie when she moved in next door to us in Cornville.  We immediately became friends and loved her as a friend and neighbor.  We were so sad when she moved.  She talked about you and Mark so much and was so proud of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Marian Drake on 16th May 2014

"what a beautiful tribute to your mother, Natalie well done"

This tribute was added by sandra sermeno on 9th May 2014

"I just want to  thank u Nathalie to share ur mom w  me it was a realy pleasure to work w her she was the most sweetes person in the world she always have a smile for everyting n a anwer for my problems I realy miss her but she always be n my heart miss u my dear Susie ....."

This tribute was added by Jana Ashba on 8th May 2014

"Susie called me "Missy Jana."  Or sometimes "Martha," but that was just a little joke we shared :)  There were about 8 years when Susie returned to live in Lima once again...even on Jameson Street!  We were quite a foursome:  Jim, Kathy, Susie and me!  We did everything together.  We traveled, we went to movies, we ate, we shopped, we celebrated, we laughed!  Susie made family get togethers so much fun!  The interaction between her, Jim and Kathy could make you laugh until you had tears in your eyes.  Being together made them all stronger, having endured the deaths of both their parents within a 5-month period.  Susie had a way of building you up.  In fact, you liked the person you became whenever you were around her.  That was her gift, accepting us all just the way we were and that acceptance just made us better.  There was lots of love in her voice whenever she talked about her kids and grand kids.  She was proud of each and every one of them.  Susie didn't like keeping track of her checkbook.  On Sunday afternoons, Jim and I would go to Jameson Street for a visit.  I'd go upstairs to input the checks she had written that week into her computer program.  She'd keep the coffee coming, along with Hot Tamales, my favorite candy.  Illness tried to take her down.  She was a survivor, way past the time any of us thought she could endure the pain.  She held on.  What an example of courage!  Once in a while she would joke that she wished she could turn her body in for a new one.  Other than that I never heard her complain.  With all my memories, Susie will never be far away, and for that I'm happy.  Rest In Peace, my beautiful "sister."

This tribute was added by Pat Fernandez on 8th May 2014

"Looking at the high school graduation photo of Susie, I thought, "How innocent and vulnerable we are at that time." We have no idea what life holds for us. Susie met the good times and the challenges with the spirit that God gives us to survive. Her spirit will soar with her ashes over the places she loved in life."

This tribute was added by Chrissy Lee on 8th May 2014

"When someone you love dies, a part of you dies that day too. Death has much to teach us about the way we live. God says in Psalm 90:12" Teach me to number my days so I may gain a heart of wisdom." Do I use my days wisely? Do I soak in the moments? Do the people I love know how much I love them? I have loved, looked up to and admired my Aunt Susie my whole life.  So how do I define a lifetime of love? It's the moments and many times, the small moments that tend to define us and mold us. Taking the best of those moments and letting go of the worst helps us to grow stronger and sweeter as time passes.  Susie has given me a lifetime of moments that I am able to hold in my heart always~Some will make sense to others and some only to me~but it is my tribute to her life and my love for her forever. ....Standing in a hairdryer type machine to lose weight~the amazing Bo and has 4 tennis ball mouth~Rollerskating during Christmas in Ohio~Susie kissing Scott~ Doing block designs and games at family picnics in Ohio~ Pete counseling my broken heart~great guest accomodations in California~taking me to the Crystal cathedral~meeting the graphic artist at the Valve Company~California smog~the muffs at Kathy's wedding~coming to PA when dad was sick~traveling to Catalina on the boat~eating squid for the first time in Catalina~taking the hummer to the back of Catalina and seeing the yurt~roasting chestnuts and making smores at Thanksgiving at Jim and Jana's house~begging her to stay with me after Scott's wedding to decorate my apartment and share a week of my life~receiving a gift from her of a cross and a Christian book when Mark brought her to Ohio for the last time~ and going to California to see her for the last time~ crawling up in bed with her to love her, hold her, cry with her, pray with her ...knowing it would be the last time I would see her alive~ and praying to God every day since I left, that she would let God be the One to walk her home.
She is my Aunt Susie and I love her very much........Chrissy"

This tribute was added by Nancy Arnold-Chance on 7th May 2014

"One of my memories of Susie was at Natalie & Chris' house one summer, I happened to be visiting the family and at the time so was she. We decided to take several photos of me and the kids, Allison & Ryan (they were little at the time) she was so nice and gave me a copy of all the photos she had taken and gave them to me because I didn't have my own camera at the time. I thought that was so super nice of her. She truly was a sweet loving person that cared so much for family.

This tribute was added by Natalie Arnold on 7th May 2014

"You will stay in my heart forever. Mark and I couldn't have asked for a better Mom than yourself.  You gave us the greatest gift of all, life. I Love you dearly Mom."

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