Susan North

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Susan Gray Hopkins North, 72, of Simpsonville, died on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, surrounded by her family.

Susan was born on Aug. 13, 1946, in Owensboro, to James Richard "Hoppy" Hopkins and Herma Gray Hopkins. She grew up in Calhoun and graduated from Calhoun High School. Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University in 1968 and later, during her professional career, earned a master’s degree and Rank 1. Susan was an elementary school teacher and taught in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. She primarily taught reading and first and second grade at Peaks Mill Elementary in Frankfort from 1973 to 2000. After she retired from Peaks Mill, Susan taught part-time in school districts in Daviess Co., Jefferson Co., and Shelby Co. In 2016, she started an after-school tutoring program for elementary school students based at Simpsonville United Methodist Church, which continues in her name. In addition to her lifelong love of teaching, Susan enjoyed reading, cooking, playing and listening to music, fishing, quilting, dining out, attending the races at Churchill Downs, watching movies, and traveling. More than anything else, she enjoyed spending time with friends and her beloved family. Susan is survived by her husband of 33 years, Chuck North of Simpsonville; her son, Patrick Reed of Frankfort; her daughter, Charlotte Reed of Louisville; her step-daughters, Lora Paschal (Kyle) of Shelbyville and Jill North (Nathan Lyvers) of Lawrenceburg; her sisters, Judy Moon of Clayton, Calif., and Jamie Whitten of Calhoun; and her brother, Walter Hopkins of Nashville. Susan brought a smile, a positive attitude, and kindness to everything she did and she will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Shannon Funeral Home in Shelbyville on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Oncology Department, in Nashville; or the Franklin County Women and Family Shelter in Frankfort; or a .
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Shelbyville, KY 40065
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Published in The Sentinel-News from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2018
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