Susan S. Tiller
TILLER Susan Shane Smith Tiller passed away on October 4, 2011 after complications from cancer. She was born on September 21, 1940 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Mabel Claire Fuqua Smith and Gerald Nelson Smith. Susan attended Sam Houston Elementary School, Wynn Seale Junior High and W.B. Ray High School. She met her husband Lawrence Tiller, at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1958 and they married on September 2, 1960. They moved to Houston for Larry to attend dental school. They returned to Corpus Christi where he set up his practice. She went back to night school later and got her degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Susan and Larry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family including their three children, Gregory Todd Tiller (Cyndy) and son Ewan; Teresa (Teri) Tiller Garrison and her son Kyle Lopez; Shane Smith Tiller (Sheila) and their daughter Authumn and sons Gavyn and Gage. Susan is remembered fondly all over the state and beyond for her work with Corpus Christi Area Council for the Deaf also known as The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, and was the first Executive Director for twenty-seven years to 2005. At her retirement the building on McArdle Road was named in her honor, The Susan S. Tiller Building. She took a volunteer job and turned it into providing services for the 88,000 people with hearing loss in the area. She received many awards and accolades for what she had accomplished. Susan returned to work at the center again in 2009 until the present when a need arose. Susan was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. She served the community on many boards and will be greatly missed.Susan was predeceased by her parents Mabel and Gerald Smith.She is survived by her best friend in life, Larry Tiller, her sister Claire Smith (Al) Hook, and brother Gerry (Therese) Smith. She adored her nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews as they were all part of this wonderful close knit family.A Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church.To view tribute please visit
Published by Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Oct. 7, 2011.
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