Gainesville - Susan Crowdus Motz, age 67 of Gainesville, FL passed away at the E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 after a long and brave fight with cancer. She was born March 10, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, to Robert R. and Evelyn E. Crowdus. Susan was a graduate of Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas, and Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. She attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and received her M.A. degree in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. Susan was with the Community Action Agency in Tampa, the Displaced Homemakers at Santa Fe Community College, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Gainesville. She was the Director of the One-Stop Program at Santa Fe. Susan also was an expert level gymnastics judge for over 15 years, judging at local youth meets through college level events at the University of Florida.
Susan was a lifelong advocate for women, children, and families. She was a devoted wife and mother and served her community through Girl Scout leadership and directed supportive programs at Santa Fe Community College for women reentering the workplace after raising families. She was a gifted story teller, and her sense of humor was a gift to all who knew her. Her revolutionary yet gentle spirit created a bridge between the past and modern times that paved the way for many to embrace their highest purpose in this life while staying true to some of the best traditional values.
She is survived by her husband, Louis H. Motz, Gainesville; daughters Karen Motz (Ian Mork) of Sebastopol, California, and Ashley Bean (Jacob) of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren (Dylan Prior, Sebastopol, and Kathryn and David Bean, Chicago), her brother Frederick R. Crowdus, Richardson, Texas, and five nephews and nieces.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in the Iona Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, FL.
Published in Gainesville Sun from March 12 to March 13, 2013