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Susan (Sararana) Guerrero

31 August, 195813 October, 2020
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Susan Sararana Guerrero, 62, of Richmond, Texas, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Susan was born on August 31, 1958 in Makati, Philippines to (Ret.) Colonel Manuel Sararana, who preceded her in death, and Zenaida Sararana, with whom she lived and for whom she cared until her (Susan) death. In addition to being a loving and doting daughter to her parents, Susan was a most generous sister to her siblings and their families: Noel Sararana, his wife, Amparo, and their children, Emmanuel, Zerene and Christian Phillip; Elvis Sararana and his wife, Ruby; Leah Ortega and her children, Harljay, Irean Harl, Nicole, and Louie Glenn; and her baby sister, Irene, who was her partner in many adventures. A precious gift of a sister-at-heart for numerous friends, many called her "Ate," as she had become to them a trusted and fiercely loyal confidante, a wise counsel, a pick-me-upper, the consummate travel companion, and just a complete joy to be with. In her esteemed nursing profession, she was a competent, compassionate, and dependable co-worker to her nursing colleagues.

Susan loved life and she never did things halfway. She would break out in song, from "I Will Survive" to her beloved hymns and yes, even "The Star-Spangled Banner" without much prompting. As someone who was fond of dancing, she was always in front of any line-dance and could do a mean cha-cha. She loved to travel and had traversed the globe right after retirement. Moreover, she had a successful nursing career that spanned more than 40 years, many of which in a leadership role and influenced pivotal work that have become standards of care.

In everything that she did and for everyone she loved, she gave her all and if you happen to be a recipient of this life well lived, you are exceptionally blessed.

Beyond these well-deserved platitudes, what stood out for Susan was her intimate and dynamic relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she invited into her life when she was just 14 years old. This relationship informed and directed every season and passage in her storied life. She had a realization that her beloved Lord is constantly at work in and around her, so she took every opportunity to partner with Him in Kingdom work here on earth. As a long-time member of First Philippine Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas, she was the most hardworking choir member, working those high Cs as loud and for as long as she could, and churning out the best choreographic moves during Cantatas. She also devoted her time to various ministry work. When the call for overseas missions was presented, she was one of the first to sign up, and she did so again and again. Even COVID, with its mandated distancing, did not stop her service as she took part in several virtual choirs for her home church, Makati Church of Christ Disciples in the Philippines.

In the ebb and flow that characterized her life, her faith was wrapped up in this truth which had become her life verse: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). She knew that God had a wonderful plan and purpose for her life, and she embraced it wholeheartedly.

"The Good Lord gave me a purpose. He allowed me to be here with you to share His love and to be a witness of the great things He has done for His mission to be fulfilled. The mission field is here and now. There is no better situation or place to share and experience God's goodness and grace. It is my prayer that each and every heart today will have a spiritual experience of knowing Jesus in a way that is life-transforming and joy-fulfilling. All Glory and Honor be to God!" (From Susan's personal testimony)

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Natalin Ramirez

3 November 2020

I didn’t want to join the choir then because I couldn’t read musical notes. I feared I would be struggling to follow. But You encouraged me to sing for His Glory. You told me if I don’t use my voice, tatanggalin ni Lord. I knew that was a joke. But it did help me have the courage to serve.

Anybody can sing for the Lord. A good voice, or an off tune one? He does not hear that. He hears our hearts ♥️.

We shared lots of fun times during regular choir practices and especially during Cantata times.
Thank you for the good memories, ate Susan. #ForeverInOurHearts #GoneTooSoon

Janice Bourne

1 November 2020

I worked with Susan at MDACC for many years and remember her as being very quiet and yet friendly to everyone she comes into contact with. She became our educator and was willing to clear up and explain any procedure that we were having problems or questions about. I don't remember her ever being sick or calling in during her tenure. I was very shocked to hear of her passing and want to wish her Mom and sibling my sincere and deepest condolences and may God comfort and keep them in his arms and care. Only time can heal the wounds. She is in a better place now. May God bless you and keep you.

Aileen Mallo

31 October 2020

Sabrina Madden

31 October 2020

I met Ate in the hospital, after Irene's heart surgery, she was very protective of her sister, I knew Irene would be in good hands when she went home.
I was so saddened when I heard the news. I thank God for the opportunity to have met her and their loving mother.
My prayer for the family is may God's Perfect Peace be with you always.

Rhodora Hernandez

31 October 2020

To the bereaved family of Susan
I never knew Susan until a few days before she left all of us. Even though that was the case, I felt her heart and wisdom the very first moments I saw her. I can tell Susan was full of life, energy, talent, and beauty in her own loving and elegant way. Susan gave it all to make everyone happy with her countless achievements be it in school, profession, family and friends, charitable missions, and social gatherings. Susan was a true and brilliant gift from God and after her 62 years of wondrous life on earth, she was called to return and join Jesus and our Almighty God in Heaven. Susan is an inspiration and her Legacy will continue to ponder forever. We Love You Susan. 💐🌷🌺🌻🌼🏵🌺🌾🧡

Rose Golveo

31 October 2020

First Philippine Baptist Church of Houston was blessed to have a faithful servant in the person of Susan Sararana. Among the myriads of memories through the years, i.e. praise & worship, cantatas, mission trips to PI, my most cherished memory is our cantata where Susan sang "Alabaster Box". Susan owned that song and sang it from the very depths of her heart. It moved me to tears and gave me chills. We praise God for your life, Susan. We love you and will truly miss you. Love-Rose & Fred Golveo

Ruby Landrito

30 October 2020

Susan and I arrived in the US at the same time on Dec 12, 1982 and we were even seat mates. She was trying to make me laugh as I’ve been crying in the plane because not only missing my family but also my boyfriend (ex). I remember her telling me to just write down everything I’m feeling then I will feel better. We’ve been closed friends since then.
I’m going to miss you so terribly and your last message to me on 9/2/2020 was this “Hope you're doing fine. Take care always...we're not getting any younger”. I gained another angel in heaven who will always watch over me.
Till we meet again my ever dearest friend! Love you so much! Give Jun a big HUG for me!

Rosario (Menchu) Mante

27 October 2020

To our very dear friend Susan,
Thank you for everything that you have shared with us through the many decades of our friendship. You will never be forgotten. On behalf of myself and my family, we love you so much and we will miss you.

Rosie Erfe

23 October 2020

Rosie Erfe

23 October 2020

I thank our Lord Jesus Christ for your life, knowing and befriended you. You were full of life and laughter, love to sing and dance. You are one of the power voices in some of the First Philippine Baptist Church, Houston church cantatas. You taught us how to dance some Philippine folk dances that was show case during our church anniversary. Thank you for making beautiful memories with us during our month Europe tour in 2018. You have lived and served our God well. You will be missed.

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