Susan Ruth Mayo

October 6, 1966August 17, 2014

Susan Ruth Mayo was born on October 6, 1966 in Tacoma, Washington to Grant Reede and Lynda Naegle Woodbury. After a courageous battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully on the morning of August 17, 2014 surrounded by her family. Susan is survived by her husband, Alfred George Mayo, Jr.; their sons, Jake Ryan (Jessica) Mayo, Seth Grant (Pamela) Mayo, Luke Arthur Mayo, Max Dillon Mayo, Sam Easton Mayo; their daughter, Song Lynn Mayo; their grandson, Brodyn Wayne Hanson-Mayo; her father, Grant R. Woodbury and her mother, Lynda Naegle Edwards; her brother, Robert Grant (Lori) Woodbury and children, Mandy (Jeromy) Lackey and Alan Woodbury, and many others. Her early years were spent traveling with her father’s military career; she also enjoyed many happy summer vacations with her grandparents, being spoiled by them and riding horses with her cousins in the mountains of Southern Utah. She started writing poetry in elementary school and very early on showed tremendous artistic and creative talent. Susan was a very bright, inquisitive, fun-loving little girl who blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She exhibited this creative talent by publishing many of her poems and illustrations throughout her life. She and her devoted and protective older brother, Robert, had a great relationship. Susan would often say that Robert was the best older brother any sister could ever ask for. Susan met the love of her life and future husband, Alfred George Mayo, Jr. when she was 16. She met Junior while he was working at his family’s service station in Killeen. He claims that he failed Susan’s car inspection so that she had a reason to return. The plan worked, and Susan was equally excited that he remembered her name a month after her failed inspection. Realizing that they were each other’s soul mates, they married after dating for several years and settled in Killeen to work and raise their six children. Junior and Susan were happily married for over 28 years. Known by everyone as an unselfish person who taught us by example to truly love and care for others, Susan had many loved ones she cherished. She had a great sense of humor, loved life, learning, and was a free spirited woman who was never afraid to grow. One of her proudest accomplishments was designing, building, and running Mayo Autoworks alongside her husband and sons, Luke and Seth. She also created her own successful online retail business, “Purse Strings Plus.” But her proudest accomplishment in life was raising her six children. Even though she was a busy wife and mother, she made time to share her love of arts and crafts with her children, nieces, nephews and their friends. Art was a way she shared her joy to the world. Her heart would race in eagerness at the start of every new poem, painting, or project. She saw aesthetic significance in details that most of us would miss. Every curve, every shade of gray, every color, every word had its place. But her greatest work of art is something everyone will miss; her infectious smile. When Susan smiled, even the blind could feel her warmth. During her darkness moments, when she was unable to even speak, she smiled. Her grandchildren will inherit her goodness because that is what her children were raised with. It is her legacy, and words do no justice in explaining it. But everyone who knew Susan knows that they don’t need words. Art needs no explanation.

Friendship breeze by touch lightly whisper my name across the room leave an impression run my fingers drift past like a stray balloon

slide over get to know me sing a song come out to play write on my wall strum my guitar chitchat along the way

through the line across the miles over land, over sea listen closely close your eyes reserve a space remember me

By Susan M.

A memorial service will be held on Friday August 22 at 10:00am at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 S Ft Hood St, Killeen, TX 76542. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 North IH-35 Pflugerville, TX 78660. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • Funeral Friday, August 22, 2014

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Helen Polchinski Guzman

August 21, 2014

I will miss our messages that we sent each other. Susan loved her family so much, and her caring for other people she didn't even know. I will cherish the messages we sent each other. She has definitely has put a mark in my heart and her memory will live on in all of her family and others whos lives she has touched. God Bless

Amy Cantrell

August 21, 2014

I will miss knowing she is there to talk to. She was kind, modest, honest, sweet, generous and beautiful. How lucky heaven is to have her and how sad we are that we will not. God bless your family.

Anita Pugh

August 21, 2014

There was never a person so genuine and beautiful both inside and out. She absolutely radiated her own sunshine. She has left behind a beautiful legacy in her children. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to know such a warm, caring person. She will always have a place in all of our memories and hearts.

Randy Brumagim

August 21, 2014

I remember Susan as a sparkle of joy and enthusiasm at Trimmier Elementary School, where I taught her son, Luke. She made time in her busy schedule to volunteer to teach art to my children, allowing them to experience various mediums throughout the year. In later years, I remember her positive and uplifting posts on Facebook, always active, involved, and proud of her family. She will be missed, but will remain in the hearts of those she touched forever. Randy Brumagim, aka Mr. B.

Eve Fritch

August 21, 2014

I met Susan through an appreciation of art but knew it was more than that. It was an appreciation of life. I am so much the better for having her come into my life. Her smile would light up a room. Eve Fritch, art friend from Bell Fine Arts.

Christi Cano, KHS '84

August 21, 2014

We will miss Susan at our upcoming KHS class reunion and I'm sure all our thoughts will be with her. So many of us have such beautiful memories of her from high school. Clearly from her FB posts through the years, her family was what she cherished most. How fortunate for everyone whose lives were touched by Susan. Love and blessings to her family.

Susan (Highfill) Sholi

August 21, 2014

Susan was the epitome of love. Beautiful on the inside and out; she was a blessing to anyone who knew her. I am thankful that we were able to reconnect over the last several years despite the distance between our homes. I loved to hear about and see pictures of her wonderful family who she loved and adored. Susan will truly be missed. Praying for her family for peace and healing.

Joy McLaurine

August 21, 2014

Susan was an angel among us on earth. Any interaction with Susan filled you with a warm and love like no other. God had taken her home to be with him. She was so brave! Peace be with you Junior and the family. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend.

Karen Sweeton KHS '84

August 20, 2014

My life will forever be changed for the better because I knew Susan and so enjoyed reconnecting with her over the last few years via FB. The pics of her family and children always put a smile on my face. Thank you Susan for all the joy you brought to so many and I know your family and grandchildren to come will forever have an amazing angel on their shoulder. My sincere condolences to Junior and your beautiful children, words cannot take away the pain you are feeling at this time, just know so many loved your Susan and therefore so many love you!

Gilbert Gomez

August 20, 2014

Our Prayers are with you and your family during this time....