Susan Freeman MCPHEETERS

April 30, 1944February 19, 2021

Susan Ann (Freeman) McPheeters of Nashville, TN passed away Friday February 19th at the Richland Health Center. Susan was born April 30, 1944 in Centralia, IL to John and Helene Freeman. Her parents and one brother, Jack, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lynn McPheeters, two brothers, Pat and Tom, her two loving daughters, Melissa (Rick Navarre) McPheeters and Ann (Tim) Miller and two granddaughters, Sophia Navarre and Maggie Brennan.

Susan graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1966 and went to work for the Illinois Dept. of Rehabilitation in Peoria. She found love on a blind date with Lynn, who was working for Caterpillar Inc., and they were married on April 27, 1968. Their life literally took them around the world. Susan was always ready for the next adventure as they lived in Geneva, Switzerland twice, Tokyo and Hong Kong. She never hesitated to dive into the culture around her, to learn new things and to travel widely, teaching her daughters to embrace life and all of its opportunities. She was a dedicated, loving wife and mother, consummate friend and wonderful cook, with a sense of humor that stayed with her for years into her journey. Her granddaughters were one of her greatest joys, and almost nothing made her happier than time spent with them. When Susan was diagnosed in 2007 with early onset Alzheimer’s she refused to let it consume her. She and Lynn continued to travel, enjoy time together on the golf course and seeing friends. In her last decade she has received extraordinary care and love from so many, especially Genet and Allem, two dedicated and loving sitters who were by her side daily for 7 years.

A celebration of life will occur at a future time when travel and gathering are possible. Donations to Susan’s memory may be made to OSF Foundation, Peoria, IL for Almost Home Kids, Abe’s Garden, Nashville, TN.

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Andrea Douglas

February 25, 2021

Dear Lynn, Melissa and Ann

Tonight Nikki, Bill and I have been reminiscing about all the wonderful times we shared with your family during our Tokyo days at Homat Commodore - and then later in Geneva when Nikki and I visited you there.

Susan brightened up so many days for me with her delightful and spontaneous sense of humor.
We both tried to learn to play the guitar at the same time and both were pretty hopeless at it but the laughter we shared in the process of trying has given me a priceless memory.

I know that the 3 of you must have a treasure trove of happy memories of your beloved wife and mother and I hope and pray that they will bring you comfort in the days to come.

With love from the Douglas family. Andrea , Bill, Jenny , Mike and Nikki

Becky Markland Doubleday

February 25, 2021


Gene and I were so sorry to hear about Susan’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.

Becky & Gene Doubleday

Jackie Morgan

February 24, 2021

Meeting Susan one day as we were assigned to play in the same golf foursome resulted in a beautiful friendship for a number of years. She was such a kind, unassuming person, it was a true blessing to enjoy many warm sunny days after that initial meeting sharing stories of our backgrounds, our grandchildren and our interests . Her devotion to Lynn was evident, too, as she often focused on bettering her "game" for his approval. Her compassion for others was evident in the many charitable projects she was involved with over the years. Just a beautiful person in every sense that I, like many others, could appreciate knowing.

Beth Fitch

February 24, 2021

From Lutheran Hillside Village we send our sincere condolences as you say goodbye to a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, and our neighbor. Susan was the star of Shagbark! Thank you for the great sweet memories! Billie and Fred Johnson

Jim & Katie Owens

February 24, 2021

Dear Lynn, Melissa and Ann, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time of transition. We valued our long time friendship with Susan, and will always cherish the memory of her keen , dry sense of humor, which remarkably stayed with her for several years into her battle with Alzheimers disease. She was a special/ lovely woman who showered lots of love on her Hubby, Girls, and Grandchildren. May she rest in peace!
Jim & Katie Owens

Judy and Ken Zika

February 23, 2021

Lynn, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Susan. She was a wonderful, friendly, gracious lady. We pray God's blessings on you and your family.
Lynn, when you are in Peoria with some extra time, Ken would certainly enjoy catching up.
Judy and Ken Zika

Adaire Putnam

February 23, 2021

Dear Lynn and Family,

You are in our hearts. We didn't have the opportunity to know Susan, but know her spirit and generosity live on in your many gifts to SIU. May a lifetime of wonderful memories bring you comfort at this time.

Adaire and Mark Putnam

Rudy and Carol Vonachen

February 23, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. We hope and pray you are comforted by the wonderful memories you share. She was a fun and beautiful lady.
All our love,
Rudy and Carol

Ronald Jackson

February 23, 2021

Lynn and extended family
So sorry to learn of Susan's passing. It is tough to lose a mate I am certain. I remember going to your wedding reception and meeting
Susan as well as seeing her at our class reunions. My deepest condolences for you and your family.

Carl Volz

February 23, 2021

Lynn - I very sorry to learn the news of your wife. You were a class act at Caterpillar, and I often think about the good work you did. Deepest sympathies from my family to yours. Sincerely, Carl Volz.