Susan Kathrine Schuhmacher
Susan and I lived next door to each other on Inverness Pvt. Rd., back in late elementary school/early Jr. High. We rode horses, swam, hiked, and generally were the best of friends, and horse-crazy Tom-boys together. I learned more life lessons from her than I can express, and wish that I'd made a way to thank her personally.
I lived next door to Susan on Inverness Private Road, and we became close friends and "running buddies" (the horses did most of the running). I cannot tell you how many life lessons I learned from her. I am so sorry that I didn't have a chance to tell her.
Susan and I became close friends during the 1969-1970 school year at the University of Texas at Austin. We both lived in the Castilian dormitory, where her sweetness and care for others won her many friends. We discovered that we were in the same required U.S. history class and often walked there arm in arm. She invited me to study with her for tests, and our sessions included fun, laughter, and shared confidences. She insisted on writing me a check after each session, which I always protested because I was already benefiting by making better grades in the class by studying with her!
She invited me to her debutante party at Houston's River Oaks Country Club in the spring of 1970, and I enjoyed meeting her wonderful family there. The next year she moved to her sorority house, and I was busy in graduate school. We eventually lost touch, which I have long regretted.
Susan was one of the finest people I have ever known. I have thought of her many times through the years and send my condolences to her family.
We had not seen Susan in many years but we loved her back in the day in Houston. She is with the angels. Our thoughts and prayers go to Claude and the kids.
You were a great friend and inspiration to us all. The battle with cancer may be lost but the victory is yours.