Born: 3/27/1919, Forth Worth, Texas
Sue Hazen Hendrick died on the 10th of December 2007 at Allen Memorial Hospital. She had lived life fully and enthusiastically since the day she was born, the 27th of March 1919, in Fort Worth, Texas. Her parents were Willard Glass Hazen and Manor Hoover Hazen. She received her BS in Geology from Texas Christian University, and went on to work for the Texas Gulf Oil Company until she married my father, William Bains Hendrick in 1941.
Sue was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband and son-in-law, Bruce Wheaton of Moab. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Rusty) Wheaton of Moab, and her younger brother Pat Hazen and his wife Betty of New Orleans, their children and grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews (grand and great grand) from Texas, South Carolina, Washington, Salt Lake City, and points around the world. All share many memorable times with Aunt Sue.
Sue lived in West Texas until 1950 when my father, a civil and mechanical engineer, was transferred to Ica, Peru, a little town 200 miles from anywhere. Then on to Lima until 1962 when we moved to California. After California came Nicaragua and Mexico leaving a trail of good friends and experiences. In 1977, they moved back to familiar surroundings and childhood friends in Fort Worth.
When my father died in 1997, Sue decided that she might be getting too set in her ways so she moved to Moab to be near her daughter and to enjoy new surroundings. She was always outgoing, friendly, thoughtful and up for anything. She enjoyed Moab immensely - the Moab swimming pool (where she swam a mile on her 80th birthday), slickrock hiking (she hiked up to Delicate Arch on her 81st,), duplicate bridge, Scrabble, St Francis Episcopal and the Tuesday night Spanish service, and of course, the views from her window and her dog Taz.
Sue Hazen Hendrick, my mother, taught me many things. To see the beauty and kindness in the barrios and grinding poverty of Latin America. Not to fear what I did not understand. To never let down, for happiness is a contagious state of mind. To overlook the foibles of life, friends and family, for no one is perfect but most are worth knowing. To realize that you are never too old to change. And, to just do it! She always said she was the luckiest person in the world to have had such a wonderful life.
I know Sue would like to thank all of her friends, Grand County Emergency Services and the Deputy Sheriffs (who took care of her so well and so many times), all the good people at Allen Memorial Hospital, Steve Rouzer, her caregivers who worked together to keep her happy and safe, and all of those who made her life full and contented. She leaves many friends, and her family will miss their irrepressible Aunt Sue.
As St Francis Episcopal Church is undergoing renovation, there will be a memorial service at 1pm on the 25th of January 2008, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 122 W. 200 east, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Moab Multicultural Center, PO Box 55, Moab UT, 84532.
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