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Suzanne Smith Exley Vernon

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Suzanne Smith Exley Vernon Obituary
July 24, 1931 - June 13, 2017 To our beloved Mom, It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye, but your spirit will live on in us. Your wisdom, compassion, strength, and positive perspective will continue to guide us. Over ten years ago, you self-diagnosed the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Throughout the long progression, you maintained your kind disposition and always had a smile. The elegant example you set will continue to inspire. You showed us unconditional love, gave us non-judgmental advice, and encouraged us to live our dreams. You passed on to us your love of family traditions, entertaining, flower arranging, and travel. We will always remember your fun-loving spirit. Friends and family were the foundation of your life. You had a wide circle of cherished friends: from your childhood friends from Glendale and Hoover High, to the many friends you made at USC as a member of Delta Gamma, to the many friends made while working at Coldwell Banker in Newport Beach. You were fortunate enough to have had two important men in your life. The first was your college sweetheart and our father, Landon Exley, to whom you were married for 23 years and raised your family. In 1986, you were blessed to wed the love of your life, Richard "Dick" Vernon. For over 30 years, your union was one of joy and devotion. We are so thankful to Dick for providing you with such incredible love, care, and support. We know you two are soul mates and will always be together. Your deep commitment and love for your family was unwavering. You passed these values on to us, as we became mothers to your nine grandchildren: Blake Thompson, Ali Thompson, Landon Thompson, Henry Pyle, Mary Lynn Pyle, Annie Pyle, Willie Pyle, Bruce Bearer III, and Matt Bearer. They loved their Grandma and always knew how proud you were of them. You also loved and embraced Dick's four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. We are forever grateful for the special caregivers, nurses, and hospice that took such loving care of you the past few years. Every day we had with you as our mother was truly a blessing. Jan Thompson (John), Lynn Pyle, and Diane Bearer (Bruce) Susie's life will be celebrated with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the in her memory. www.alz.org/donate 800-272-3900
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 18 to June 20, 2017
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