"Between diagnosis and death.....there is LIFE!"
  • 60 years old
  • Born on December 2, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.
  • Passed away on January 14, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Saturday, January 20 4:00-9:00 come and go. If you’d like, bring an  appetizer to share, your favorite drink but you must bring your favorite memories of Mom 

7333 S Fulton Ave

Tulsa, Ok. 74136


This memorial website was created in memory of, Susan Suchan, 60, born on December 2, 1957 and passed away on January 14, 2018. We will remember her forever.  Please feel free to share your memories, stories, videos and photos.   We are planning a Celebration of Life this coming Saturday, January the 20th.  Details to come.  In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Dementia Actio Alliance or The AFTD 

https://daanow.org/donate-now

https://www.theaftd.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/electronically


Posted by Kayla Whitten on 19th January 2018
We are so so honored to have met you, maybe not in person. But through your lovely Maria over video/zoom and you were there when maria and Rhys went to buy my beautiful engagement ring, it makes my heart so happy to know that they face timed you from Folly Beach just 6 weeks ago and showed you my engagement ring before anybody, even my mom!!! Lol. All the laughs, all the inspiration everything. The last two years since maria has been diagnosed with FTD/PPA, Susan, you were the only constant wind beneath her wings. We couldn't thank you enough for supporting and being there. Thank you so much sweet angel ❤ Fly high sweet soul and ride those Harley's in heaven for us! Love, Kayla and Rhys
Posted by Laurie Scherrer on 19th January 2018
I thought about you today, but that was nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. I have so many memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part. God has you in his arms. I have you in my heart.
Posted by Maria Turner on 18th January 2018
I am deeply grateful that you got your angel wings surrounded by people who love you dearly. You were the very first person I talked to with FTD PPA at the 2016 AFTD conference in somewhere really Fucking cold - we sat outside, me sitting in your walker and you sitting on the wall, smoking cigarettes and peeing ourselves (literally) from laughing so hard! You were placed in my life that day, and I thank God for it. Since that first time I met you, you taught me hope, dignity, compassion, integrity - about taking the high road and so much more. You were the first person to show me there was a way forward in this disease. Through you I found that I could live *with* this disease instead of dying *from* it. To see you how you have managed this goodbye so lovingly and gracefully is truly a witness to the difference you have made in my life and in others' lives as we learn to carry on and put our energy into living every day as a gift. Godspeed, my dear friend. Looking forward to the Butterflies ,hummingbirds, and dragonflies this year xxxxxxx
Posted by Mary Trzos on 18th January 2018
My besties youngest daughter. I will never forget you. Tell Barbara i miss and love her very much. I'm sure she is glad to be with you again, but sad you left your family behind. Tell Phil I said send me a Coors from above.
Posted by Pamela Garrett on 17th January 2018
I will forever remember your sweet smile! You touched so many lives and made everyone around feel as if they were family. We are all going to miss you. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life. Love and Hugs! God Speed!
Posted by Kelli Mcgowan on 17th January 2018
the hardest path i have ever walked with FTD but such a blessing with your daughter and YOU mirroring FTD advocacy, and living WELL in spite of story YOu have made my journey inspiringing ... heartfeld, tear filled, giggle, and THE HIGHEST purpouse of helping others and our self with the final stages of life, xo i will see you in the field where perfect dna , health ,and love exist . love u susan ! love kelli
Posted by Nancy Weber on 16th January 2018
Susan, my beautiful sister, you have been beside me throughout my life and now it just feels too lonely without you. You taught me how to be a mother, a woman, a friend, a wife, and how to be myself. You forgot to teach me how to be alone. You left me too soon. I will live every adventure knowing you are with me, encouraging me and cheering me on. Thank you, Susan, for ALWAYS loving me...I will ALWAYS love you! See ya later...
Posted by Sheryl Whitman on 16th January 2018
Susan and I were diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia at about the same time. We met after joining Howard Glick's FTD Patient Support group. And, then we met in person at the 2014 AFTD Educational Conference. Susan's hugs, her smile that lit up any room, her sense of humor could take you from down low to beyond happy, her infectious laugh, all of these things personafied Susan. But, what was really the essence of Susan was her spirit, courage, honesty, say it like it is, perseverance, eloquence, loving, caring, reaching out to everyone who needed help or to be lifted. Susan was beautiful inside and out and she lived life to the fullest. To me, Susan was a friend who was my light at the end of the tunnel. I love her so very much and I will always carry her in my heart. I miss my beautiful friend, but I can still hear her words. She is the dragonfly I see on my walks and the brightest star in the sky.
Posted by Cathy Sullins on 16th January 2018
One of the most remarkable people I've ever met in my entire life, without exception...funny, upbeat, smart, passionate, fun to be around, inspirational, motivational, and whose grace under pressure and courage inspired me on a daily basis. Truly, one in a million who brightened every room wherever she went with her contagious smile. So grateful to have known Susan The Remarkable!
Posted by Lynda Henderson on 15th January 2018
Veda and I are very quiet.. Susan Suchan was the very first person whom V met online, face-to-face, about 4 years ago. V's 1st encounter with technology in real time, with a real person, a "stranger" to boot. Susan was a Dementia Mentor. Susan too had FTD/PPA, like Veda. She devoted much of her life as an advocate to encouraging people to keep on living & not be afraid.....to be present, honest & real. She made V laugh, and feel again, got her to say how she felt....and tickled back her cheekiness. Most of all she made V realize that she wasn't alone. For me, she was a role model and a wise personal support in understanding how dementia can affect relationships & the unconscious expectations that we put on others. She always said it like it is. She was one of our sisters, who gave generously of her self. We will miss your laugh, you "chick who never shut up"
Posted by Lisa Dederick on 15th January 2018
Beautiful Susan...Happy in Heaven!
Posted by Helaine Berman on 15th January 2018
Susan was my friend and very special to me. She left a wonderful legacy about FTD. We would speak to each other by phone once a month and we would always share a laugh or two. Now she is flying with the angels and I will miss her very much!
Posted by Teresa Webb on 14th January 2018
The world is a little less bright without you Susan. You are leaving a legacy of advocacy that will blaze like a comet with a long tail that shines like a diamond against black velvet. Each summer when the dragon flies come and play in my garden, I will think of you. I will hear your laugh from the hummingbird’s wings and see your sweet smile in every rainbow. I shall never forget you or all the conversations we shared, joyful and sorrowful. Thank you for pushing me to always ask why, how come and to be fierce in the face of adversity. I love you and selfishly, I do not know what I will do without you. Thank you for being my friend. Be free, be fierce but most of all be love...
Posted by Amy Shives on 14th January 2018
Love you girl. I’ll miss you forever. You have saved me so many times. Thank you my friend.
Posted by Susan Maroulis on 14th January 2018
Susan was such a warm, loving woman. I am privileged to have met her through Dementia Mentors- & to see her wonderful spirit & sense of humor. She touched so many peoples hearts. Thankful to have known her. Sadly missed
Posted by Ann Napoletan on 14th January 2018
My deepest sympathy and prayers are with Susan's family and friends. Although I didn't know her personally, I admired and appreciated her outstanding work as a passionate dementia advocate. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.
Posted by Michael Horvich on 14th January 2018
Susan touched many without really knowing them personally through her always kind supportive comments. Even at her darkest, she shone like the brightest star. She is resting now, as Gregory (my life partner RIP 2015) always said, "She found her way out and up. We are still looking!" Bless you Susan, rest, know how loved you were and are and will always be alive in the hearts and minds of those you touched!
Posted by Susan Macaulay on 14th January 2018
Susan, I had the great pleasure of meeting you and your daughter Heather in Atlanta last summer. I was inspired by you then and I remain inspired by you now, by your energy, courage, determination and attitude. You lived with panache and exuberance until the end. Now you will guide dementia care advocates worldwide forward from a different place. Thank you for a life well lived, Susan #FightTheGoodFight
Posted by Kate Swaffer on 14th January 2018
“When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” – Chief Aupumut (1725), Mohican. Dearest Susan Suchan, you will always be my hero, and I know like so many others, I will miss you until the day I also die. My deepest condolences and sincerest love to your family and closer friends, as you face each day without her physical presence. Always know, her love and legacy for those of us living with dementia and those who support us will live on forever. xxxx My personal tribute to Susan is on my website: https://kateswaffer.com/2018/01/15/r-i-p-susan-suchan/
Posted by Cindy Odell on 14th January 2018
Every once in a while, if you are lucky, a person enters your life and improves it just by knowing them. That was Susan. She was one of the first I met after being diagnosed with FTD and, boy, did she ever inspire me. I was reassured that my life was not over. I learned that to laugh about it somehow made it better. Thank you, Susan, for your inspiration and encouragement. I am glad you are without pain now and have everyone in heaven laughing. So much sympathy for her family and friends.
Posted by Dianne Reedy on 14th January 2018
My dearest friend.We called ourselves Mutt and Jeff with you being 4'11 and myself at 5'9 but you always stood taller than anyone,with your goals and values and your unconditional love for those around you.You received your promotion today .I will always love my "feisty" little red haired friend.Till we meet again.
Posted by Adrian Macris on 14th January 2018
Although we were not close when I was growing up, I cannot express how much our adult relationship has impacted me. You made me laugh every time we were together. You were there for me and gave me strength and guidance through the most difficult time in my life. Please give my dad a hug and tell him and tell him what a wonderful boy his grandson is. I love you Susan.
Posted by Truthful Kindness on 14th January 2018
Tru here. These are some thoughts about Dementia Mentor, Susan Suchan. >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2018/01/14/dementia-mentors-susan-suchan/ <3
Posted by Mary Read on 14th January 2018
I only knew Susan on facebook. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She will be missed by a lot of people. She had a heart of gold, beautiful smile and always willing to help and bring Awareness for Alzheimers.
Posted by Mary Radnofsky on 14th January 2018
"Where Once There Was a Breeze" In Memory of My Friend Susan Fog hangs cold beneath great oaks where once there was a breeze; Now I walk the sodden path, slip on rotting bits of leaves, And sink with every step, as I try to climb the hill and find where it began. But an amber mud holds firm my shoe; I’m stuck down here on earth. You were the breeze atop that hill that carried songs, that righted wrongs; You set me aloft and shared our flights in the burning sun or the darkest nights. Now there is no breeze, no song, no light, nothing on the edge of the hill, Just me. And I can’t see or fly or walk; and music is lost in the fog. Nothing there, no need to try, no place to go, just tears to cry as I begin to sleep… Until a pelting rain begins. Then branches start to crack and fly; They scratch my arms and whip my face. I push them off and brace myself To heave and lift my muddy shoe in one big move – in vain. I stay. I try small moves, wiggle my toes, raise my foot to now walk free. But I’m on another journey, not sure where to go, because I’ll miss my friend Who taught me where the breeze begins, to brave the thunderstorms, To accept when the sweetest breeze must end, to learn to live again. _____________________________________________ But I'm still learning. (Slow student. Sorry, Susan!) Love, Mary
Posted by Jerry Wylie on 14th January 2018
Susan was special, captivating, full of life, beautiful, smart, a trail blazer and a true inspiration to me and countless others with Dementia. We have always “looked up” to Susan and now, when we look up, we will be greeted by Susan’s beautiful smile. If you listen closely as you look up, you will even hear her contagious laugh. God bless you Susan and may you rest in everlasting peace.
Posted by Rod And Sharon Hall on 14th January 2018
Susan was a ray of sunshine. She was one of Our first FTD friends in Rod's journey after diagnosis. She thought he was crazy and he loved to hear her talk. One of my favorite pictures and memories is Rod sitting in Susan's lap at the 2016 AFTD conference. It was the first time Rod could be Rod and everyone understood. We will commit ourselves to carry the advocacy torch in your honor, Susan. You will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Jennifer Bute on 14th January 2018
I cannot remember how many years I have known Susan. She was an amazing woman she lived her life to the full no matter what with joy laughter and her amazing smile and glorious colour hair and she really loved her children
Posted by Norrms Mc Namara on 14th January 2018
We miss you Susan Suchan, much love, Norrms and family and all from the https://www.purpleangel-global.com/
Posted by Jeanne Lee on 14th January 2018
Dearest Susan you leave such an imprint on my life and for so man with Dementis. You fought this disease with grace and strength. Your movie showed how you hid nothing to bring understanding to the world. Surely this will be the film of the year with an Oscar for you. My blessings and prayers to hHeather and the rest of the family for making your moms journey the best life it could be. And mahalo for sharing her with so many that love her. My wish for you all who will miss her daily to have many Buddha moments of memories that will put a smile on your heart forever. ALOHA OE SUSAN
Posted by Myrtle George on 14th January 2018
I only knew susan through facebook.... a remarkable inspirational lady in so many ways....so sad to hear of this news.....love and strength to her lovely family
Posted by Brian LeBlanc on 14th January 2018
I did an interview with Susan back in August, 2017 where we talked about a little bit of everything. I will treasure it always. https://youtu.be/yPCaiV2raYw
Posted by Kristy Perez on 14th January 2018
I've known Susan for 25 years and everytime I think of her I can hear her laughing. She really has the best laugh. She also has the most articulate heartfelt way of explaining things. I learned alot from this woman. I know she is made whole again and is no longer in a state of fear or pain and it is a great comfort, but she will be missed terribly. Until we meet again..
Posted by Robin Maxwell on 14th January 2018
Oh Susan, me love you long time! Rarely did I ever see you without a smile on your face! Or a laugh coming from you! As I look back over the years we have had so many good times. More good than ever bad, for sure! I will miss you. But I am so happy for you. I will look after your precious daughters. And I know you will be watching from above for every event and celebration your family shares. For now, fly high and fly free, my precious sister in law. You have a whole new world awaiting you to explore. And in the blink of an eye, I will see you again. Watch for me. I love you.
Posted by Brian LeBlanc on 14th January 2018
This morning, I lost a friend, her family lost a mother, sister, aunt and Grandmother and the world lost a phenomenal Dementia Advocate. Susan Suchan was a beautiful person, both inside and out, her humor hilarious and her laugh infectious. I am honored to have known her.

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