a person of goodness, love and unbounded inspiration to so many, passed away unexpectedly in Scottsdale on Tuesday, January 2010. An ARizona resident sine 1962, she was born December 3, 1939 in Harrisburg, PA. Though she had numerous physical challenges for over 40 years, she was amazinag in her determination and ability to live a life that was not about those challenges, but was instead about the things that were most important to her. She was loving wife to John, her husband of 48 years, a wonderful mother who unfailingly supported and loved her children and she was the kind of grandmother every kid wishes they could have. She touched countless lives through her work as a teacher of special education for over 30 years at Madison School District. Sue lived a self-less life, with an uncanny skill for deflecting attention away from herself, and turning the focus instead on those she loved. She had a profound determination to live life fully, and a funny charm that brightened up every room she entered. With her unfailingly positive attitude, her ability to find humor in the most unlikely places, her huge and generous heart and innate kindness, she lived her life as an example to all who knew and loved her. She was our harbor and our anchor – she will be missed, every single day, by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her husband, John S. M. Hamilton, her daughters, Lisa Ridley and Jenny Carter and son Page Hamilton, her ‘children-in-l;aw” Don Ridley, Jeff Carter and Christine Hamilton, her grandchildren, Madison, Jackson, Jessica, Jacob, Selah and Ellie, and her brother Thomas McCort. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Red Cross, for the Haiti Relief effort. Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 24th at 1:00 pm, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
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