Susan "Suzy" Shepherd Gawne
November 18, 2010
Longtime Snowmass Village resident Susan “Suzy” Shepherd Gawne died Nov. 11, 2010 at the Aspen Ridge Home in Grand Junction, Colo. after an illness of three weeks.
She was born July 31, 1926, the third child of C. George and Greta Shepherd, in Evanston, Ill. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Franklin and Bloomfield Hills, Mich. On Dec. 29, 1949, she married Samuel Eugene “Dick” Gawne. They made their home in Franklin, and there they raised three children, Bradford, Michael and Lynn.
Suzy was an avid athlete. In her youth, she was an accomplished equestrian. As a young woman, she was a champion amateur golfer and had a handicap of two. She shot skeet and was an enthusiastic bird hunter. She was always up for a good game of tennis. It was her great love for skiing that brought Suzy and Dick to their home in Snowmass Village in 1984. Life in the mountains was good, skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer. Her walks along the ditch trail with her beloved Portuguese water dog, Gem, continued through September of this year.
Suzy loved socializing and was the life of the party and hosted many herself.
She will be missed by her friends and her family. Suzy’s greatest gift was her love for living and the zest and enthusiasm she brought to all of her ventures and adventures!
Suzy is survived by her three children: Brad, and his fiancee, Pamela O’Shaughnessy; Mike, his wife, Daphne, and their two children, Nina Ward and Peter; Lynn Hughes and her partner, Thomas Jones, and her two children, Jessica Gilmartin and Garrett. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren. Last, though not least, she is survived by Thomas Gardner, her friend of several years.
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A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Snowmass Village Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Suzy would have liked donations to the Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Her love for the out-of-doors lead her to this unique group of older women endeavoring to save the wilderness, and in fact she was part of the original group who collectively walked across the state of Utah. Donations should include Suzy’s address, P.O. Box 5989, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, and sent to GOB, P.O. Box 2924, Durango, CO 81302 [ http://www.greatoldbroads.org ].