Susan Naifeh Susan Kaye Naifeh, "Susie", age 67, died at home on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from complications of lung cancer. Her loving brother, Stephen, and a close friend, Esther, were at her side. Susie was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa and raised in Mason City, Iowa. After graduating from Mason City High School in 1964, she went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree from University of Iowa, an M.A. from California State University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in 1995. Susie worked as a psychologist in a variety of schools, hospitals, prisons and in her own private practice. While Susie found meaning in her professional career, it was her close relationships with her friends and family and her bountiful joy in daily living that were most important to her. She will be remembered as a loyal, loving woman with a generous ear and empathic heart. Susie was an energetic, fun-loving person who was always open to new experiences. She loved tennis, cycling, the arts, especially dance and music. While Susie played piano, it was her vocal instrument that best expressed her exuberance. She was singing as early as she could talk. Susie could break into song, belting out show tunes anytime, anyplace, in any kind of company. She also loved to travel and this passion took her around the globe to islands afar and most of the continents. She found great value in volunteer work and traveled to Ghana to join a child polio project on one of her trips to Africa. She often gave her time to children with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Later in life, she fostered a teen aged girl. Susie will be dearly remembered for her wonderful sense of humor. She lit up the room wherever she went. She was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Stuart, her parents, Sude and Mary Naifeh and her nephew, Brett Stuart. She leaves behind her brother and closest friend, Stephen Naifeh, her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Martin, her aunt, Selma Naifeh, several cousins, and many dear friends. A public memorial celebration of Susie's life will be held at South Coast Botanic Gardens, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. , Palos Verdes Peninsula on September l3, 2014 at 3:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susie's memory to Muscular Dystrophy Association or United Cerebral Palsy.

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  1. Steve,
    So very sorry to hear about Susie! Even though I haven’t seen her for years, I remember her as so full of life and energy! Looks like she was still as beautiful in her later years as she was when I saw her last.
    Steve, Hope some happy memories help fill your empty heart. Hugs and love to you,
    Ellen Cook Lichty

  2. Stephen, I am so very sorry about Susie\’s passing. I just read about her in the local \Beach Reporter\”.

    I saw Susie a couple of months ago when she joined my husband Geary and me for a few hours at the beach. She only shared with us then about her cancer but she was so upbeat and positive and made light of it.

    I called her a few weeks later to invite her to join us again. She sounded so tired but again had a positive outlook.

    We didn\’t see each other often mostly in the summers to go to the beach but we did speak on the phone a few times a year to get caught up with our lives. We\’ve known each other since 1975!

    She will truly be missed. Her sense of humor her sense of adventure in travel and her loving spirit are what I will remember most.

    I know you have lost not only your sister but your best friend. She spoke of you so lovingly all the time!

    Geary & I will see you on what would have been her birthday at the Botanical Gardens.

    Again let me express my deepest sympathy!

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