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Susan Elizabeth Mayes

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Susan Elizabeth Mayes Obituary
Mayes, Susan Elizabeth,

(1942 - 2017)

Susan, of Prospect, Kentucky, was born in Centralia, Illinois on April 21, 1942, the only child of Adelbert L. Spiller M.D. and Ann Elizabeth (Scharp) Spiller. She passed away peacefully on May 4, 2017 at the age of 75 after a hard-fought courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease, with her loving husband at her side.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Richard (Rick), her son Robert (Bob) and daughter-in-law Paula of San Francisco, and in Seattle her daughter Elizabeth (Beth), son-in-law Christopher (Chris) and granddaughter Willow.

Susan's life was devoted to her family, the Episcopal Church, volunteering, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Susan, always a top student, graduated first in her class in 1960 from Centralia Township High School where she made lifelong friends. She then was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and the Class of 1964 at Northwestern University, graduating in December 1963, a day before marrying her lifelong partner, Rick.

While raising a handsome, precocious son and joyous, beautiful daughter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they lived from 1973 until 1992, Susan served the public schools, leading elementary school curriculum enrichment programs. There she was very active in the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

Since moving to the Louisville area in 1992, Susan had been most active in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. She was a graduate of its Education For Ministry, a chalice bearer, a member of Daughters of the King and the bell choir, and served for many years on the Women's Board of the Episcopal Church Home. She was a member and a past president of AAUW, a member of the Woman's Club of Louisville, PEO, and several book groups. She was employed part-time many years overseeing the cookbook section and coordinating author events at Hawley Cooke and its successor bookstore.

Memorial services in Louisville and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (, to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church of Louisville (, or Trinity+St. Peter's Episcopal Church of San Francisco ( where she worshipped while being treated for her illness by the renowned UCSF medical staff in her final months.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2017
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