Susan Jean Singletary Lachney

Susan Jean Singletary Lachney

January 16, 1967 - August 7, 2011

In God's time, you go to sleep and wake up with wings and learn to fly, and you finally meet your loved ones on the other side, In God's time."

"For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds" Jeremiah 30:17

Susan Jean Singletary Lachney was born on January 16, 1967, to the union of Gerald Wayne Singletary and Judith Beatrice Smith at Saint Frances Cabrini Hospital. She was a very spirited child to say the least and more of a tom boy than a girly girl. She was strong willed, determined, and independent throughout her 44 years on this earth. There was literally nothing she couldn't do if she set her mind to it.

Susan was athletic and an honor student during her years at Hicks High School where she had many cherished friends. In 1983, she met and married John Paul Lachney after meeting him at a ball game at Hicks High School. Their union produced Kaci Renee' Lachney Westbrook in 1984 and John Patrick Lachney in 1985. Susan was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed working with her flowers at her home. She often said that a woman's work was never done when they had a family. She tirelessly served her husband and children for 28 years.

She was a loving mother, devoted wife, a friend whose friendship had no limits, and an avid animal lover. Susan was blessed with two grandsons by her daughter Timothy Thaine Lance Merchant and John Aubrey Gage Merchant. Her son and his wife, Katelyn are also expecting a baby next year. Susan lived life by her own set of rules. Her unique ways set her aside from everyone else. One can honestly say that there will never be anyone else like her. She made her decisions, had her faults, but believed that our one and only God was her judge. She spoke of his healing comfort during the trying times in her life. He was her redeemer and soul provider. She had an infectious smile, soft blue eyes, strong arms for hugging grandbabies, a generous heart, and a temper that could make you laugh or hope that you were on her good side.

Susan was called home on August 7, 2011 surrounded by her children, husband, family and friends who were with her until her very last heart beat. We are sure that she was welcomed into Heaven by some of her favorite people. Her grandmother in heart, Lucy Meylian, must have been so happy to have her granddaughter-in-law back. While on this earth those two formed a special bond that no separation could break.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Coomie and Shirley Smith; her uncle Rowdy Smith; her aunts, Kayla Smith Nickles and Billie Smith Welch; her childhood friends, Tammy Robinson and Jackie Meylian, along with many more loved family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory for the rest of their days on this Earth are her husband of 28 years, John Paul Lachney; daughter, Kaci Renee' Westbrook and husband, Bryan; her son, John Patrick Lachney and wife, Katelyn; three grandsons, Thaine Merchant, Gage Merchant, Cody Westbrook; her unborn grandchildren; her mother, Judy Dewitt and husband, Charles; her father, Gerald Singletary and wife, Melissa; her two brothers, Bobby Singletary and wife, Shana and Brandon Smith and wife; and her grandmother, Myrtle Singletary Burgess; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and a niece; her beloved yorkies, Buster and Bully who brought such joy to her final days; and a lifetime of family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Lachney, Jamie Meylian, Mike Robinson, Wilmer Smith, Rusty Smith, Neil Singletary, Adam Gordon, Victor Womble and Wayne Sasser.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons Thaine and Gage Merchant.

A wake will be held at Pine Ridge Church, Melder on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. until everyone has paid their respects. Services are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home, Oakdale.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ebenezer Cemetery Association, 8043 Ebenezer Cemetery Road, Leesville, LA 71446.

Interment will be private!!

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Published in The Town Talk on Aug. 10, 2011