"Some say I am outrageous, outspoken, loved, funny & nice. Others don't. HAHA"
Author: Susan Hard 2-7-91.
The day started out like any other day. Susan Hard got up, had coffee, checked email and then showered and dressed for the day. She wore her trusty jeans, Telluride sweatshirt and favorite yellow & pink Merrells. Susan had a doctor's appt. at 11:30 and then she was meeting her twin sister, Judy Doran, for lunch. Right before she left she spoke with Judy on the phone to confirm the time; then she put on her brand new coat and headed out the front door for the last time. 20 minutes later a distracted driver ran a red light and our world changed forever. Susan never regained consciousness after the accident and finally passed from our lives forever on March 9, 2016. Susan was 72 years old.
Susan always surrounded herself with bright colors that mirrored her personality. Everyone she came in contact with commented on her warm smile and her cheerful presence. Her self-evaluation written over two decades ago was spot on, Susan was independent and outspoken - a true force of nature.
Those who knew Susan have to smile when they think about what is happening now that Susan has moved on to the next realm. Just imagine tales that are being told as Susan reunites with her parents, George and Dolores Bunch, and her sisters April Morgan and Mimi Boyd. One can easily envision the tears of joy that will be shed when Susan sees her 'Baby Girl', Carrie Hard, once again.
However, when the bright colorful person that was Susan Hard left she took some of the color from this realm with her. We all will keenly feel the vacuum she has left in her wake. Susan's son, Rhett Hard, will no longer have the chance to learn just how much his mother truly loved him, a love so large it went past Susan's ability to truly show it. Moving forward will bring unique challenges to Judy Doran, Susan's twin, who now has to learn how to live life without the one person who has literally shared every second of her existence with her. Susan's youngest sister, Holly Davis, will be thinking about Susan every time she stands up for an injustice, especially those times she finds herself standing alone. Susan's brothers-in-law, Larry Sauer (Judy) and Brent League (Holly) have lost a worthy verbal sparing partner. Her niece Raven McMullen and nephews Doran Sauer and Gene Curtin have lost their quirky fun-loving Aunt who always had time to sit and listen when they needed someone to talk to. Susan also leaves behind grand nieces and nephews who will never get a chance to know her.
For Susan, all is good; she is at final peace. Please join us to celebration Susan's life on Sat. May 7, 2016 at 3:30PM. The gathering will be at the North Hills Club, 6527 Valleyside Road, Austin, Texas 78731. Wear bright colors and come prepared to tell tall tales.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2016.