Susan Coomey
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Susan M. Coomey, 59

PAXTON - Susan Marie (Higgins) Coomey, 59, of Paxton, died Sunday, March 20, 2016, at home from ovarian cancer nearly five years after being diagnosed.

Susan is survived by her husband of 32 years, Michael Coomey, her son Joshua Coomey, her daughter Sarah Coomey, all of Paxton; her two brothers, John C. Higgins III and his wife Imelda of West Roxbury, and Garrell J. Higgins of Worcester; her sister-in-law Donna Higgins of Seekonk; nieces and nephews; and her close friends Jeri and Mark Taronas of Paxton.

Her brother Mark J. Higgins died in December.

Susan was born in Worcester, daughter of John and Rose (McGarrell) Higgins. She graduated from Burncoat Senior High School and Clark University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She also earned an MBA from Anna Maria College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from UMass-Boston, and was a doctoral candidate in Education at UMass-Lowell.

Susan's professional life reflected her multiple interests. She worked in marketing for State Mutual Life Assurance Co., Data General Corporation, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She later served as a School Psychologist for the Shrewsbury Public Schools and Wachusett Regional High School. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children.

Outside of the workplace, Susan was a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. She was an avid runner and also enjoyed skiing and bicycling. She loved to travel, and especially enjoyed summer trips to Nantucket.

Susan's family would like to thank the staff of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, especially Dr. Susana Campos and Lisa Arvine for their outstanding care and compassion.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Wednesday, March 30 with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church, 228 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will be in Mooreland Cemetery, Paxton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Mar. 22 to Mar. 27, 2016.
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