Susan R. McClusky

January 16, 1950November 17, 2020

Susan Russell McClusky, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020. Susan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Homewood, AL in 1952. She attended Hall Kent Elementary School, and graduated from Shades Valley High School where she was a majorette. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from UAB in Literature and began her career with Homewood City Schools in 1985. Susan was a staple in the Hall Kent Library for over 35 years, before retiring this past August. She was a light to every child that she encountered, and helped countless students in their journey to become lifelong readers. Her favorite pastimes included smocking dresses and gowns, reading in her favorite chair, working with the Community Kitchens organization at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and being with her animals. She was an avid dog show supporter, and loved so many pets in her lifetime. Susan's biggest passion was her grandkids. She loved them so deeply, and wanted to spend every waking minute watching them grow up, play sports, and just enjoy life. They were a blessing to her, and she was a blessing to them. Susan is survived by her son, Patrick McClusky (Leah), and by her three grandchildren; Braxton, Brittan, and Leighton. She was preceded in death by her father, Alex Russell, and by her mother, Violet May Russell. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th, at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood. A private ceremony will be held later for family at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Memorials honoring the life of Susan McClusky may be directed to the Homewood City Schools (for the Hall Kent Library), or to the Birmingham Humane Society. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel located at 1800 Oxmoor Road in Homewood.



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    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Thomas Patchen

November 24, 2020

Though we only knew Susan for a few years after we joined St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in 2017, she made a big impact. She was among the first to welcome us. Susan always sat in the pew in front of us at church and I looked forward to her big hugs during the peace... and was so looking forward to seeing her again. May her family find peace.

Sincerely -
Tom Patchen & John Vintson

Marie Hutchinson

November 20, 2020

Susan was my friend for over 40 years.
She was giving, caring, opinionated, and loved her only son, Patrick, with all her heart.
Nothing gave Susan more happiness than doing things for other people.
She sewed, cross-stitched, smocked, and cooked.
Susan lived her life with purpose. She read, learned sign language, worked in the media center at Hall Kent School for many years, loving her role there, and was active at her church.
Her family was her life, and she treated friends like family.
I will miss her always.
God bless you, Susan.


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