Susan Childs Obituary

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Susan Childs

September 25, 1940 - May 5, 2014
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Susan was born in Claremore, Oklahoma the second child of Leslie and Elizabeth (Robinson) Waid. She followed her sister, Leslie Ann Davis, and was followed by brothers Roger and Mike. She grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma State University, graduating in May 1962. At Oklahoma State University she met her husband-to-be Dara Childs. They married in Muskogee on 11 August 1962, leaving immediately for Canoga Park, CA where Dara went to work for Rocketdyne. Susan taught French at Manual Arts High School in downtown LA in the 1962 academic year, moving to a Nathan Hale Junior High School in the San Fernando Valley for the...
Susan was born in Claremore, Oklahoma the second child of Leslie and Elizabeth (Robinson) Waid. She followed her sister, Leslie Ann Davis, and was followed by brothers Roger and Mike. She grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma State University, graduating in May 1962. At Oklahoma State University she met her husband-to-be Dara Childs. They married in Muskogee on 11 August 1962, leaving immediately for Canoga Park, CA where Dara went to work for Rocketdyne. Susan taught French at Manual Arts High School in downtown LA in the 1962 academic year, moving to a Nathan Hale Junior High School in the San Fernando Valley for the next two years. Susan and Dara had an exciting time in California, particularly enjoying camping in state and national parks.

In August 1965, Susan and Dara moved to Austin, Texas where Dara pursued a PhD degree. Susan's first job in Austin was managing a credit bureau before teaching high-school French. She stopped teaching after becoming pregnant with Leslie Elizabeth (01/30/68).
In August 1968, the family moved to Fort Collins, CO where Dara taught at Colorado State University. Dara and Susan had an absolutely wonderful time, making lasting friends, camping in the Rockies, and savoring Fort Collins and its surroundings. Dara Jr. was born in Paris, TN (6/15/70) while Dara had a summer job at NASA MSFC.

In August 1971, the family moved to Louisville, KY where Dara taught at the University of Louisville. The whole family loved Louisville --- great friends, restaurants, theatre, lovely home and neighborhood, beautiful country. In 1975-76, the family moved to the Netherlands for the first of several stays abroad. Vandiver L. Childs was born on 02/20/1978, a great late delight.

In June 1980, the family moved to College Station where Dara began working at Texas A&M University. Susan felt that she should have always been an Aggie and loved returning to Texas. She was active in the following local groups: Ladies' French-speaking friends, Gourmet Club, George-Bush-Library Docents, the local Pi Phi alum group, the Lost-and-Found Sunday-school class at the A&M United Methodist Church, the Wellborn Lion Club, and Hospice Brazos Valley.

Susan was a delightful, intelligent, independent, thoughtful, and always-amazing wife; a devoted and loving mother, who took great pleasure in her seven grand children. Prior to her parents' deaths, she was a caring daughter and has been a strong and supportive sister. She was a considerate and ever-loyal friend. She led a rich and engaged life that favorably touched many people.
She is survived by her husband, Dara; children, Leslie, Dara. Jr., Van; grandchildren, Bryce, Noah, Milo, Gillian Storie, Ava, Leyton, and Deacon; siblings, Leslie, Roger, Mike. She cherished our daughters- in-law, Kristi (Van) and Laura (Dara Jr.) and son-in-law, Clark Thompson. Our cousin Bart Childs has been like a brother to Susan.

Many people helped Susan and her family in their long struggle with cancer. Particular thanks are extended to Dr. Erin Fleener, Dr. Phyllis Chang, and her long-time personal physician and friend Dr. George McIlhaney. Heart-felt thanks are also extended to the capable and compassionate staff at the In-Service Hospice Brazos Valley.

Visitation with family members will be held on Friday 9 May, 5:30-7:30PM at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2901 Texas Avenue South. Susan's memorial service will be held at A&M United Methodist Church at 2PM on Saturday 10 May.

Donations in Susan's memory can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.

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