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Susan Lynn Trimingham-Todd


1958 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Susan Lynn Trimingham-Todd Obituary
Susan Lynn Trimingham-Todd July 25, 1958 - July 9, 2018 Scripps Ranch Susan Lynn Trimingham-Todd lost her battle with glioblastoma brain cancer on July 9, 2018. She passed away quietly in her home, with her husband at her side.Susan was born on July 25, 1958 to Jack and Carol Trimingham, the second of their three daughters. In 1963, the family moved to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. She grew up in a small town, and this provided her the opportunity to develop her value of family, moral compass, gentle nature and ethical standards that would guide her adult life. The friendships and religious interactions with her classmates, neighbors and friends, nurtured her personal qualities of wanting to help wherever she could. She learned life skills such as sewing, cooking, cleaning, personal appearance and an attention to detail. She had an absolute loyalty to her friends and family. She was very competitive and this showed with her skills in basketball, softball, volleyball and on the local swim team. She was an avid reader. All of these strengths, would be the foundation of her adult life.After high school she took some time and then obtained her AA degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1982. Followed by a short stint UC Berkeley. Back in Santa Rosa, she got a job with B of A in their corporate wine division in 1985. Here, she learned an appreciation for good wines and was frequently invited to wine tastings by the local vintners. Her pleasant and unassuming disposition was well received and her impeccable appearance always welcomed.In 1987, Susan went looking to buy her first condo. The Windmill community was on her list and this would also be where she would meet her future husband, Leo. He was the broker on the site. Her inquisitive mind and focused attention to the requirements of the move interested him, and he quickly realized she was a very special lady. Two years later, Leo told her he would be moving to San Diego, and her response was, "when do we leave?" It was this positive commitment that endeared Susan forever in his heart.The adjustment to life in San Diego was difficult at first, but soon opportunities opened up. In 1990, Susan was hired by Shea Homes on Trina Street near Highway 15. At the time, they lived in Oceanside and this would not due for a country girl to have such a long commute, so she found a rental she liked better in Scripps Ranch. Six months after the start of their lease, the landlord informed them he would be selling the property to buy a bigger home for his growing family. A deal was struck, and after countless remodels the house became their Home.Susan was a dedicated gardener; this was her escape. Every weekend, she'd walk through her neighborhood to see what everyone else was doing, and then would make changes to her own garden. Soon, others in the Ranch started coming by to see what she had done. She was always a friendly face and pleasant distraction in the Ranch.At the turn of the century, former officers from Shea Homes started a new development company called City Mark. In 2001, it had grown to the point they needed a key employee to continue their rapid expansion and Susan was the logical choice. This was a very active and dynamic construction period in U.S. until 2008-09, when the housing bubble hit. Susan was told there would be cut-backs and she immediately pivoted by updating her resume. Soon after she answered an ad by Helix Electric. After several interviews, she was hired and this would be her last position. Her initial job description was soon expanded due to her work ethic, and reading/ comprehension skills in analyzing complicated documents. She became an invaluable part in Helix's management support team. Something Helix Electric corporate office never forgot to her dying day. Helix's unbelievable corporate character and integrity in loyalty to Susan, will never be forgotten by her husband and her family.A memorial service will be conducted at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, at 17010 Pomerado Rd., on August 11, 2018, at noon. Refreshments to follow.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to: The or your local Humane Society. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews .
Published in the Pomerado News on Aug. 2, 2018
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