July 7, 1955 ~ February 3, 2021

Born in: Los Angeles, California
Resided in: Los Angeles, California

Susan Gaile Bledsoe was born July 7, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, to Samuel Bledsoe Sr. and Eleanor Ruth Bujol-Bledsoe, and succumbed to complications from Covid-19 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at the age of 65.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joseph Bledsoe and her daughter Michelle Genora Stoneham, all of whom she is now reunited with in God’s Heaven.

Susan attended 93rd Street Elementary School, Bret Hart Jr. High and Fremont High School.  She also attended UCLA after her graduation.  Her first church was People’s Independent Church of Christ where she was active in the youth choir and other youth groups.  At the time of her passing, she was an active member of Star of Hope Unity Church in Los Angeles. Susan joined Star of Hope in early 2001. Her Pastor at Star of Hope affectionately called her his “Minister of Concern” because of her loving caring spirit.  She was a Church Trustee.  She was the Women’s Ministry VP and Breakfast Coordinator for more than 15 years.  She also served as the  Prison Fellowship Ministries Angel Tree Program Coordinator for the 10 or so years.

While attending UCLA Susan received a two-week temporary assignment at Citi Corp in 1974 and she never left:  Employed there for over forty years, she served as an Assistant Vice-President and made many lifelong friends who have stayed in contact, through Face Book, true to the end.

Susan met and married Jessie Stoneham and to this union, David Sherman Stoneham and Michelle Genora Stoneham were born.  Later, Brittany Christine Carter was born to Susan and Earl Carter.  Susan also had countless surrogate children who though not born to her, still call her “Mom” to this day.

Susan enjoyed going to movies, attending plays with her friends, and never missed a chance to go to Las Vegas where slot machines exist, and visit two of her nephews.  She also enjoyed dining out.

She never missed an opportunity to help her family and friends.  If a bed ridden family member needed a cheeseburger from the burger stand down the street at 11pm, Susan would arrive with a burger and a smile.  Susan always remembered birthdays of family and friends.  ALWAYS there to help anyone and everyone whenever she could!

She was a magnificent example of a sister, cousin, mentor and mother.  Even when her life was challenged with dialysis, high blood pressure, congestive heart issues, her desire to always be there for anyone who needed her was not hampered.  ‘Suzy Q’ always had a smile for you, and if you needed money, a place to sleep, a ride, food, an ear…she was always available.  Always attentive to the words that were being spoken, whether she adhered to the advice or not, one could just feel her presence in the moment.

So loved, and so cherished, Susan is survived by her children, David and Brittany, brothers Samuel Bledsoe, Jr. and Ronald Bledsoe, their wives Melvina and Berenice, her Aunt Clara Bujol, and Godson Leslie Hampton, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.  She will be truly missed!

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  1. candle 7Auntie Susie, you will be missed. I’ll hold all of our adventures and time spent close to my heart. You were such a great example of love and selflessness. I love you and I’m grateful for all of our memories and your constant support.

  2. candle 7Suzy, you were the first friend I met when I moved to California in 1978. You were always a bright star, loyal, loving friend that will be missed. A lot of memories I’ll cherish of fun times spent with you. You had a heart of gold and all those who have known you can testify to that. Enjoy the mansion and all the riches God has prepared for you as you deserve it all. Rest in peace my friend!

  3. candle 8I will always love you cousin. You are with granny, grandpa, Aunt Nono, and my mommy and don’t let me forget Joseph and Michelle. You all continue to watch over us. With all my love your lil cousin Donna a.k.a the brat 🥰💋🙏

    • I will always cherish our childhood memories of all the family gatherings from 54th st, 91st,and citrus dr. Granny always kept us together. All the time at church doing concerts, plays, singing in the choir with Aunt Clara in charge I can go on and on just know I love you. Donna Gilbert ❣🙏

  4. candle 8I will always love you cousin, you are with granny, grandpa, Aunt Nono, Joseph, Michelle, my mommy and all our loved ones up there watching over us. Rest well beautiful. Love with all of my heart. Your lil cousin Donna a.k.a the brat.

  5. candle 5I will always cherish our childhood memories of all the family gatherings from 54th st, 91st,and citrus dr. Granny always kept us together. All the time at church doing concerts, plays, singing in the choir with Aunt Clara in charge I can go on and on just know I love you. Donna Gilbert ❣🙏

  6. candle 4God bless you family
    We loved Susan
    And will always remember her
    Hugs and kisses
    Bernard and Carolyn Dean

  7. candle 8Still at a loss for words. You will truly be missed and always be loved. Your smile will always be remembered and bring joy to my heart when I think of you. Love you always cousin Susan. 😥😥

  8. candle 8I Praise God For Allowing Me To Experience A Lifelong Bond With An ‘Earth Angel’ That Was You ‘Sugar Bear!’ From Your ‘Yampy Pooh’ Earl Carter Amen😔

    • candle 5She loved you Daddy and she loved us as well. She’s always said that we are her children and treated us as such.. We will forever miss her “ Your sugar Bear and our Mom””!!💜💜💜😢😢

  9. To Sue, I will truly miss you. Who will I be able to talk with at 2 A.M- 4 A.M. every other day? You was such an blessing to everyone you ran across. RIH my beautiful Sis In-Law ) I have been calling you this over 39 years) you was the best.

    Love You
    Earlene Carter🎉

  10. candle 8Condolences to the family and friends. Remembering Susan when we were children was a delight. I can remember her playing with Muscles(Ronald) and Joseph, and I haven’t forgotten Speedy, and her helping her mom and dad around the house. She was a sweetheart as a child, and as an adult. Well, she is now once again with her mom and dad, and she again gets to follow up with her parents. I’ll always remember her being nice, pretty, and sweet with about everyone. She was a jewel of a person. Sorry about her leaving us.

  11. candle 1My sincere condolences to my cousin Suzy and the Bledsoe family. I love all of you and are here in any way possible during these difficult times.

  12. candle 1Always a calm to the storm!! Gonna miss that sincere smile and kindness!!! RIP MY childhood friend!!

    Johnny Daniels

  13. candle 4May your beloved spirit forever dwell amongst the many lives of which you have touched with your kindness and gracious heart of gold. Rest well.. cousin!

  14. Susan was like the sister I never had. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. She was a bright memory of my childhood.

  15. candle 4Sue was a great neighbor and she grew to become a great friend. She would always stop and chat with me when she got in from work. Her spirit was so kind and gentle. I will miss her warm smile and those waves across the lawn.

  16. candle 1Sue was a great neighbor who became a great friend. She would always stop and chat with me when she came in from work. Her spirit was kind and gentle. I will miss your warm smile and those waves across the lawn.

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