1952 - 2014
An icon of Vacaville passed away on Jan. 15. Susan Ann Garland was born in Iowa to Shirley (Scott) and Jack Garland. She earned her Master's Degree at the University of Iowa
. She was Director of the Burn Unit at University of Iowa when Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA recruited her to be Burn Unit Director in 1982.
She married Mark A. Smith, R.Ph. that year and relocated to California. Northbay Healthcare hired her in 1986 and she was Director of Nurses at VacaValley Hospital when it opened, hiring many of its nurses and managers.
Susan proudly served on Vacaville Community Services and Library Commissions. Other accomplishments include; Executive Director at Woodland Healthcare, Redesign Education Manager Mercy Healthcare, Principle Manager of CCS and CHDP, Solano County, Director of Patient Care Services at Shriners Hospital for Children, Sacramento, Rumsey Indian Rancheria, and Case Manager at U.C. Davis.
Susan is survived by her mother, Shirley Nordmark; spouse, Mark Smith; daughter, Megan; son, Nathan; grandson, Gavyn; sister, Nancy Martinez; nieces, Kim and Kamea; brother, Ken Garland and their families.
At Susan's request, no funeral service will be held.
Donations in Susan's name may be made to Northbay Hospice www.northbay.org
Special thanks to Dr. Van Aken and his Hospice Team, and the many friends that supported Susan and her family.
Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com.