Peacefully, on Sunday December 9th, 2012, with family by her side, Susan passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital, at 60 years of age. After undergoing treatment for breast cancer in 2007, Susan recovered and lived cancer free for four more wonderful years. In early 2012 Susan was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in her bones. Her passing resulted from complications related to her illness. Susan left this world with the same grace and strength that she was known for throughout her life. She never complained, and she always thought about others before she thought of herself. She had a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to take life in stride. A favorite saying of Susan's was one she got from a greeting card; "Life's too mysterious, don't take it serious." Susan loved animals, enjoyed traveling, watching sports, reading, and listening to music. She was skilled in a number of crafts including; gardening, quilting, stained glass, and interior design. Susan was predeceased by her sister Adrienne. Susan is survived by her parents; June and Frank Madden; her husband Gary; sons; Harley and Jesse; sister Kathy; brothers Joel, Chris, Paul, Terry; and their families. Susan earned a diploma in Cytology from the St. Boniface School of Medical Technology (1973) and a B.A. in Human Ecology from The University of Manitoba (1983). Susan worked as a laboratory technologist before staying home to raise her two sons. She would later return to work at a variety of jobs including her most recent position as financial administrator for All Phase Clinical Research. Susan wanted to thank all her doctors, especially; S. Dent, K. Bhimji, L. Kent, and all of the nurses and staff at The Queensway, Irving Greenberg, and General Hospitals. A service of remembrance (including shared memories) for Susan will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15th at Tubman Funeral Homes 3440 Richmond Road in Ottawa, ON. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the charity of your choice.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 13, 2012