Susan's Story

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Susan Macklin died Monday, November 21st 2016 at approximately 5:30 in the evening from long term complications of having chronic lymphocytic leukemia. When she died she was a resident of the Garden Court Dementia Unit of the Shelbyville Manor. Susan was born on a farm in Effingham County Illinois on September 10th 1932, the second daughter to John Edwin and Mabel Dorothy (Grabb) Huffer. Susan spent her early childhood on several farms around the Holland area. Her favorite memories of this time were from a home she always referred to as the "Musser Place" that was about a mile northwest of Holland where the Holland Energy Plant now stands. In the mid 40s her family moved to a farm northwest of Westervelt and she attended Westervelt High School until it was closed at the end of her Sophomore year. She then attended Findlay High School, graduating in 1950. After high school she attended the Decatur Secretarial School and then got a job at Shelby Service Company (FS) as a secretary. She married Leroy Macklin on October 21, 1951 and moved with him to Edwards Air Force Base in California where she worked at North American Aviation. In the mid 50s they returned to farm in the Findlay area. Susan worked during the 60s for the Corps of Engineers in their land acquisition project for the development of Lake Shelbyville. In 1970 she and Leroy built the Tastee Freez in Findlay and were the owner\operators until 1980 when they traded it for additional farmland and she once more became a full time farm wife. She returned to work in the mid 80s first at Soy Capital Bank in Decatur and then later at Shelby Sheet Metal. She remained as bookkeeper\secretary for Shelby Sheet Metal for several years and through their merger with Merz Sheet Metal. In later years Susan held a variety of jobs including positions at The Shelbyville Daily Union, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and County Market. Susan had also obtained her real estate license and worked with the Gaddis Agency. Susan's main love was playing the piano and she spent many years as the pianist, and sometimes organist, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Westervelt where she especially loved playing duets with her good friend Agnes Smith. She has also been the full-time pianist at Woodside United Methodist in Springfield, the First Christian Church of Blue Mound, and the Henton Church. She has played for numerous funerals and weddings in the region and has been the featured pianist at the Von Maur store in Decatur. She was also the pianist for the NoteAbles, a women's singing group from Bethany, for several years. Susan was divorced in 1997 and never remarried. She leaves all four children still living: Danni Abrams of Phoenix AZ; Joe (Kathy) Macklin of Englewood FL; Brent (Christy) Macklin; and Craig (Lara) Macklin both of Findlay. She also leaves 10 grandchildren: Brandon (Toni) Helton of Moweaqua; Autumn Abrams; and Eily Abrams both of Phoenix AZ; James Macklin of St Louis; Mark Macklin of Nashville TN; Dusty (Joel) Forlines; Krista Macklin; Lance (Lindsay) Macklin all of Shelbyville; Gretchen Macklin; and Ethan Macklin both of Findlay. At present Susan has 8 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Ramsey, brother-in-law Everett Ramsey, and son-in-law Mike Abrams. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Shelbyville Manor. Per Susan's request there will be no public funeral. A public graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25th at Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the Okaw Valley Music Department or to the Shelbyville Manor for landscaping updates to their courtyard. She has inspired many and will be sadly missed. Friends and family are invited to share a story or light a candle in Susan's memory at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 23, 2016
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