Age 75, of Indianapolis passed away on August 9, 2017. She was born March 26, 1942 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Lester and Lattie Dee Smith.
Sue came to Indiana in 1974 where she was employed with AT&T. She retired after 34 years of service as a telecommunications specialist. She later returned to the workforce, working the last 11 years at the Indianapolis International Airport. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be remembered for her love of bowling, dogs, and most importantly, her grandkids.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Amy (Lisa), Brent (Rose Anne), and Roger, grandchildren, Ashley, Brandy, Courtney, Rachel, Zane, and Reid, as well as one great-grandchild, Blaine.
A gathering of family and friends will take place Sunday, August 13 from 2-6 PM at Flanner and Buchanan – Decatur Township, 5463 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, 409 N. Green St. Brownsburg, IN 46112 Please share memories and condolences at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Flanner and Buchanan- Decatur Township
Sunday August 13th, 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm
5463 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46221
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My prayers and thoughts are with the family, during this difficult time.
Submitted by Dave Thomas on Aug 13 2017 06:50:38 PM
We were together for my first breath which began my journey into life. You were there with me every step of the way for over 38 years teaching me how to navigate through everything that came my way. You helped me celebrate every success and you were there to help me pick up the pieces when things didn't go quite right. You were always my biggest cheerleader but also knew when I really needed you to be my biggest critic and push me to be my best and not settle for anything less.
We were together for your last breath which also began a journey for me. A journey that is much like the first one where I have to navigate through every new thing that comes my way. But mom, there is one thing that you didn't teach me...how to do that without my biggest cheerleader, without my biggest critic, without you. You couldn't have taught me that though because there is no way you could have prepared me for how difficult this is and will be for quite some time.
Today was the perfect example of that. Zane had his first soccer game of the fall season and to say it was difficult without you there is an understatement. For weeks I had been so excited that you would finally get to see one of his games since you weren't in the hospital like you were for most of the spring season and you no longer worked on Saturdays. To be there and see so many other grandparents getting the chance to watch was devastating. (By the way I did give him the pep talk before the game like you and I had talked about.) The whistle blew to signal the end of the game and something awesome happened. Zane started running down the field with the most amazing, confidant smile on his face, put his hand up in the air and pointed to the sky. I'm not sure that I have ever witnessed anything more moving than that moment and I am so happy that I was able to snap a picture of it. I told him after the game that Grandma was watching him play and he said "yeah I know."
I don't remember the last time that it has been this many days without getting to see you and I don't know if it has ever been this long without at least a phone call or text. Tomorrow is going to be bittersweet for me because I finally get to see your face again but I will also be seeing it for the last time. It will be so hard not getting to see your eyes and all the love you have in them for each of us, so it's a good thing we knew how to make each other feel loved without a look and with no words being spoken.
You are, and will forever be, in our hearts. I will continue to always try to make you proud and will do everything in my power to teach these grandkids of yours to do the same. We will try to make your legacy live on through them. I am not going to say goodbye, I will just say that I will miss you until we meet again.
Submitted by Amy Johnson on Aug 13 2017 01:32:03 AM
Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss and am praying for you and your family. Your mom was awesome- she was such a firecracker and I'm so thankful for her kindness toward me over the many years. I'm praying you receive comfort for your grief, peace for your pain, and joy for your sorrow, in Jesus name. Many blessings. --Love, Tana
Submitted by Tana Molesky on Aug 12 2017 08:53:01 AM
Sue Johnson, me and all of the Cashiers group going to miss you, so active woman remembering her wonderful and gentle soul, was nice work with you, will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace! :(
Submitted by Monica Herrera on Aug 12 2017 02:40:26 AM
Amy our heart goes out to you and your family along with prayers, sorry to hear of the passing of your mom....she was a very sweet lady!!
Submitted by Paul Weddle & Wayne Simpson on Aug 12 2017 12:42:49 AM
My heart goes out to you and your family. May God give each of you the love, strength, and comfort to get through this trying time.
Submitted by Tony Christian on Aug 11 2017 03:45:46 PM
I am so sorry for you loss. You are in my family's prayers.
Submitted by John Lohmueller on Aug 11 2017 01:10:16 PM
It was great to have known you... you were an amazing lady!!! Rest easy soupy loopy!!!
Submitted by Nikki on Aug 11 2017 12:26:24 PM
Keeping your family close in thought and lifting you in prayer.
Submitted by Paul Cox on Aug 10 2017 02:11:02 PM
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one's life.
My Warmest Regards,
Bruce W. Buchanan
4th Generation Owner
Submitted by Bruce W. Buchanan on Aug 9 2017 03:28:23 PM
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