Susan Rarmarie Snodgrass-Thompson – Memorial
Susan was born March 8, 1950 in Inglewood, California. When she was 8 years old, her parents moved the family to the home they were building on 4 acres in Escondido. This property where we are now gathered adjoins her parents property, and was very special to Susan because it belonged to her Grandparents. They built the original home on this property and she loved to walk from her parents home across the two pastures, past this pond to visit.
Susan graduated with an art scholarship from Orange Glen High School and attended Cal State University Irvine where she studied art and mathematics with a minor in art.
Susan lived with her parents till her marriage to James Sukosky in (1970)
Susan gave birth to two sons: Kenneth James and Nicholas Frank. When her marriage ended she devoted her whole life to making sure that they were loved and protected. She was determined to give them opportunities to follow their dreams. With the help of her parents she was able to accomplish that.
Susan and her Mother started their Residential Care business called Meadowview shortly after her divorce, which allowed her to her to stay home and raise her boys. The residents loved seeing the boys each day, as result the boys grew up with the gift of compassion for others.
With the help and love of her parents she was able to get her degree in Nursing and an RN License 1n 1981. Susan worked at Palomar Hospital in Escondido for 15 years during this time the time Ken had gone off to College in Santa Barbara, Nick was finishing High School, Susan decided to change her Career. She went back to college and graduated with a Degree in Education and a Teaching Credential in 1996
Susan loved “family” – it was a very important part of who she was. She became a much loved member of Chuck’s family.
Susan was also able to pursue her first love – Art. She has created so many wonderful gifts and given us beautiful memories. We all take comfort that she is no longer in pain. She lives on in our hearts and the memories we have created with her.
Always finding ways to feed her creative and spiritual side. She was an active Member of Unity Way Church of Vista serving as a member of the music team and as Volunteer Coordinator three years she remained active until she made her transition. She was active in art and music clubs and several Art organizations and was devoted to her beloved PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisters.)
She met Chuck Thompson in 1992, they were married in 1993, they lived in Oceanside until She and Chuck bought their home together and moved to Vista 1997. They both loved folk music and traveled to events in California and around the country after Chuck Retired in 2003. Susan loved “family” – it was a very important part of who she was. She became a much loved member of Chuck’s family.
Susan was also able to pursue her first love – Art. She started painting again (Watercolor) in 2009 after several years away. She has created so many wonderful pieces, Some will be on display at the memorial. Most of her collection are posted on her website at:
Susan is survived by her parents Don and Charlene; her husband, Chuck; her Sons Ken and Nick; daughter in law Kat; four grand children: Samantha, Jake, Noah and Isaac; her sister Peggy and brother in law Csaba. Also, her many nieces, nephews and their children who all loved her dearly.
Dennis Thompson – Two Daughters: Paula and Darbie, Chuck Thompson Jr. – Two Sons: Clyde and Clay. Denise Thompson-Nutter – Two Sons: L.J. and Lance
And five Great Grandchildren
In Loving Memory of
Susan Rae Marie Snodgrass-Thompson
March 8, 1950 – September 12, 2012
Luke 17 (KJV)
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
October 13, 2012 – 171 Unity Way – Vista, CA – www.unityway.com