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Susan Delgado Miranda

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Susan Delgado Miranda Obituary
1936 - 2018 Woodland Susan (Delgado) Miranda passed peacefully on July 20, in Woodland. She had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December 2016, and fought her illness with humble tenacity for the past few years. Susan was born in 1936 to Jeronimo and Juanita Delgado. The family originally resided in San Gabriel. Her eight siblings included Abel, Ofelia, Gilbert, Florence, Emily and Rudy, followed by Susie, Jerry, Jr., and Carol Jean. In 1943, the family moved and settled in the small northern California farming town of Santa Clara. Susan's papa was able to lease several acres of fertile farmland. All the kids were expected to work, growing vegetables, which were sold weekly at the farmer's market. When extra money was available, Susan and Jerry Jr. would walk into town, crossing El Camino Real, then a two lane country road, to take in the Saturday afternoon movie. In 1948, Susan's family moved to Lathrop, where papa leased a small farm near the San Joaquin River. A few years later, the family traveled further north to the small town of Winters, where papa and Rudy picked fresh fruit and vegetables, with Emily and Susan cutting and prepping the product for market. By the summer of 1949, Susan's papa had secured full-time work with A. Tandy, near the small town of Madison. Susan and Jerry, Jr., were very fortunate to attend Gordon Elementary, a one-room country school. Their instructor, Maude Oakes, was a kind and generous teacher, who graciously gave extra time and attention to both Susan and Jerry Jr. to ensure their academic success. While working for Mr. And Mrs. Tandy, Susan's family lived on one of Tandy's family farms, residing in an authentic Japanese Teahouse, which was actually part of the 1939 San Francisco Exposition. With the continued support of her family, Susan was able to continue with her studies, graduating from Esparto School in 1956. Susan then attended Heald Business College in Sacramento, graduating in the fall of 1960. Susan was then hired by the Davis Joint Unified School District as a school secretary, working at Davis Senior High School in Davis. While employed at Davis Senior High School, she was fortunate to meet many wonderful and dedicated staff members in all departments of the high school. Several staff members remained dear and loyal friends, among them JoAnn Scari Fowler. Susan worked for the DJUSD for over 38 years, officially retiring in 1999. During her time working in Davis, Susan met Pete Miranda, and they married in 1975. The couple resided in Davis, where Pete owned and managed ServPro of Davis. They were happily married for 17 years, before Pete passed away in 1993 after a lengthy illness. After retirement, Susan moved to Woodland. Susan was very fond of her sister-in-law Rose Miranda. After Pete and brother-in-law Wally passed, Susan and Rose continued their close sister-like relationship until Rose passed in 2008. Susan enjoyed reading and exchanging books with close friends, listening to music, and going to the local casino two to three times a year. She also enjoyed getting together with the Counseling Office retirees, Sheila, Patty and Kate, and staying in touch with long-time friend Phyllis Johnson Barkwell, who was also a classmate at Gordon Elementary and Esparto High School. Susan is preceded in death by her husband, Pete Miranda; parents, Jeromino and Juanita; siblings, Abel, Ofelia and husband Carmelo; brother, Gilbert; Florence Cobos and husband Frank; Emily Hattabaugh; Jerry, Jr. and Carol Jean; nephews, Robert Delgado and Gilbert Calderon; great-nephew, Rudy Marquez; and sister-in-law, Paulette Aho Delgado. Susan is survived by brother, Rudy Delgado of Esparto; sister-in-law, Hope Delgado of Esparto; step-daughters, April Garcia of San Luis Obispo and Sharon Gould of Chico; nieces, Jean Aquirre, Frances Reysack, Joanne Castaneda, Liz Cobos and Lori Marques, all of Woodland; nephews, Frank Cobos of Las Vegas, Richard Cobos of Keller, TX, Chris Delgado of Vacaville, Kevin Delgado of Esparto, Rudy Hattabaugh of Vacaville, Ken and Paula Hattabaugh of Winters, and great-nephews and nieces. Susan was so appreciative of the support she also received from her nieces, her neighbors, Malayne Kyburtz and Steven Farebrother, as well as Loyla and Ron Vogel. Susan also appreciated Dr. John Thomson and the staff at Sutter West and Sutter Davis Infusion Center for their kindness and medical attention during her illness. Susan was also a strong supporter of the Yolo Food Bank and Sacramento SPCA. She leaves behind her most prized possession, her dog Max, who has found a home with another supportive, loyal and dear friend, Diana Holmes. A graveside service for Susan Miranda will be held at the Davis Cemetery on Saturday Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yolo Foodbank or Sacramento SPCA on behalf of Susan Miranda.
Published in Daily Democrat from July 27 to Aug. 11, 2018
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