Longtime Davis resident Susan Patricia Hill died February 2. She was 49. Sue was born April 23, 1960 in Fremont to Eugene and Patricia Hill, and was the oldest of five children.
A resident of Davis since 1968, Sue attended the Davis public schools, graduating from Davis Senior High in 1978 where she was honored with the Bank of America award for her senior year achievements. She received an Associate of Arts from Sacramento City College and a Bachelor of Arts by Sonoma State University. She was trained in early childhood education. Sue enjoyed working with children and had a successful career working with preschool and kindergarten students in Davis.
In her late 30s, Sue experienced kidney failure and began the challenges of being a dialysis patient. Health challenges marked appreciably the last decade of her life as a kidney transplant was unsuccessful and rigors of dialysis also brought on heart problems. Susan, with all of the handicaps and roadblocks that were thrown at her, knew that in this life, she wasnt going to be able to be the lucky one and that things were at best very difficult. Our lives are structured around doing better for our familys and ourselves every day, Susans life revolved around surviving. Susan always did everything in her power to put other people first.
Susans life has taught her family that we are here for such a short time, really we are. Susan will be with us the rest of our lives as a constant reminder of what we have and what we have the ability to achieve, because she didnt have that choice.
Sue never got to know many of the things in life we take for granted everyday. The life experiences we get to have, she didnt. Her sacrifice has allowed her family to appreciate those things in a way that we hope makes up for her not getting to.
Susan enjoyed her pets and her family. She is survived by her parents, Gene and Pat of Davis; brothers Scott (Laura), Ken (Kristen), Kevin, Derek (Sangeeta); nieces Sydney, Kennedy, Natalya; nephews Sam and Maxwell; and numerous cousins and other family members.
A private burial service will take place at the Davis Cemetery on February 5th. Donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation in Susans name.