In Memory

Susan L Phillips (Alava)

Susan L Phillips (Alava)

Susan L. Alava, 66, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on Saturday, February 27, 2010.

She was born to Dr. Donald and Frances Phillips on November 21, 1943 in Port Huron, attended the Port Huron schools, and graduated from Port Huron High School in 1961. She later attended Port Huron Jr. College for two years where she studied fine arts. 

In 1977 she married Fernando Alava in Port Huron. Sue's interests included fine arts, literature, architecture, drama, and collecting & watching movies. She enjoyed reading and cooking, especially preparing German cuisine.

Sue is survived by her husband of 33 years, Fernando M. Alava; her brother, Charles A. Phillips of Burtchville Twp.; her nephew, William F. Phillips, also of Burtchville Twp.; her niece, Jody Batte' of Center Barnstead, NH, and several cousins including Mary Sloan of White Horse, Yukon Territory.

A family service was held and interment was in Lakeside Cemetery. Cremation arrangements were by Smith Family Funeral Home-South, 1230 Seventh St. Contributions may be made in Sue's memory to Trinity Lutheran Church. 

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03/02/10 11:15 AM #1    

John Chidester

What a sweetheart - Susan and I went all the way through school together - from Roosevelt to Washington to PHHS. She was cute and happy and had many friends.

I had a chance to talk by phone with Susan several times in the past few months, catching her up on Reunion plans and talking about the old days. Her husband Fernando works for Mueller Brass and represents the company in Central and South America and traveled a lot on business.

Susan told me she had never had a job. She said her mother told her that her job was to make a home for her husband. No children. She was reluctant to come to the 50th Reunion, but I was working on getting her there. Now she'll only be there in our memories.

03/02/10 03:17 PM #2    

Milton W Bush

Suzie was a delight and a darling. Full of wit, humor, smart. Could be a bit of a flirt, or a tease; sometimes a tiny bit shy... Dressed so very nicely, all the time. Could converse for hours.

I expected her to go to dental school, but she didn't. Her folks were exceedingly nice - reminded me many times of mine.

Last time I saw her, she was Sandy Henry's date at the St Clair Inn party.

Just a lovely girl, whom we will miss.

Milt Bush

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