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Obituary of Sue Gill

Mary Sue Dunn Green Gill, “Sue”

Sue passed away peacefully in her home October 20, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born in Alton, IL on December 5, 1935.  She grew up in Anaheim, CA and Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Southwest High School in Kansas City, and went on to the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and earned her degree in Occupational Therapy.  At KU, she met Lee Green, and they married and relocated to New Orleans to start their family of 3 children.  

In the early 1970’s, she moved to Green Valley School in Orange City, FL as chief steward in the kitchen, focusing on the emerging connection between nutrition and behavioral and physical health.  Green Valley School was an especially memorable time in her life, where she made some of her closest lifelong friends.  She later moved to Northern VA and held a similar position at Grafton School.  

She returned to the area, settling into Deland in 1979, where she was active in many organizations and Bible study groups over the decades.  She was known around town by her daily 5 mile walks, passing by many downtown locales.  She spent the rest of her career as an Occupational Therapist at Halifax Hospital, retiring to provide care to her ailing father in her home. 

She was raised Catholic, but was Born Again in Christianity, being baptized in the Shenandoah River.  She was a daily studier of the Bible, making frequent annotations and marking passages throughout. She was also a lifelong journaler.

She was never afraid of hard work, and was the first woman ever hired to be a groundskeeper for the New Orleans Parks and Parkway Commission.

Her special gift was to bring light, joy and comfort to those around her. She was happiest when she was bringing out the best in others.  She was quick to offer assistance or open her home to those in need, whether evacuating from a hurricane or escaping a bad situation.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren, traveling regularly to TX and LA, and making weekly trips to Orlando, to be with them as they grew.

She spent her final years in the care of her friends Kathleen and Tom Chomin.

She is predeceased by her parents, W. Earl and Ellen T. Dunn, her brother, Ervin Dunn, and the father of her children, Lee Green. She is survived by her three children, Ryan Green (Becca Moore), Anthony Green (Keadren) and Jennifer Green Chan (J. Christopher), and six grandchildren: Gordon, Azulina, Ruby, and Evelyn Green, Ryan and Isabella Chan, her brothers William and Michael Dunn, and her former spouse, W. Greg Gill.  Her extended family is widespread, including step-children, nieces, nephews, and friends with whom she shared great love. A service will be planned when Covid-19 allows.

 

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