Susan McGeehon Sipple
January 19, 1947 – May 24, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Susan. She was entrusted to the loving arms of her dear savior Jesus Christ, May 24, 2020. Susan was born January 19, 1947 in East Chicago, Illinois to Carl and Helen McGeehon. Colonel Carl McGeehon served as chaplain in the United States Air Force at posts throughout the US and the world. One of the many locations the McGeehons served was Honolulu, where Susan graduated from the prestigious Punahou High School. Education was always a priority with Susan. Graduating from Willamette University, then on to her Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, followed by earning a highly coveted MBA from Stanford University. Susan spent over 30 years in the banking industry. Susan achieved the position of Vice President at Bank One and served there for many years. She also held leadership positions with Citi-Corp. Later she returned to the classroom as Instructor at University of Phoenix and Brown-Mackie College, sharing her outstanding knowledge and love of the English Language with her many students.
Susan was known especially for her great love of people and animals. Her warm, cheery disposition and smile, her willingness to see the best in people, endeared her to many, and a life-long friend to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed by so many.
Susan was very active in PEO, serving BT Chapter as a beloved president. She was a valued member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Copper State Chapter since 2004. Arizona Pug Rescue (APARN) and AZ Pug Life Rescue organizations, saw Susan rescue many needy pug dogs. Over the years she and husband John fostered over 100 dogs. As The Biography Writer, Susan enriched the lives of over 50 families, writing family histories, providing a treasured legacy for those families for generations to come. A more graceful skier on Colorado’s Copper Mountain than Susan would be hard to find. Recent years found her regularly working-out in her yoga classes at Arrowhead Country Club. She was a loyal choir member, regular Bible Study attendee, and member of Palmcroft Baptist Church for many years.
She is survived by her loving husband John, step-children John A. Sipple (Katja) and Karen Wilkinson (Lee), 3 adoring granddaughters, and 1 grandson, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and so many dear friends, all who profoundly miss this magnificent woman.
Susan was predeceased by her parents, brother Mike, and infant sister Nancy.
We take comfort in the unshakable knowledge that Susan has gathered up all her animal friends at Rainbow Bridge and joined family and friends in God’s heavenly kingdom, awaiting her loved ones to join her in Glory.
A Celebration of Susan’s Life will be scheduled when virus restrictions permit. Please refer to www.sunlandmemorial.com for service details. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Susan’s name to the above pug rescue organizations or 4 Paws Rescue in Youngtown, AZ.
Celebration of Life
Susan McGeehon Sipple
August 5, 2020
Hope there will be video even with a phone John. I want to see the service as I cannot come from Albuquerue right now. Blessings to you. Know how much I appreciate you!
Attached is a photo of your 12 year old foster son J.J.
July 30, 2020
Susan can see J.J. her foster pug son on Earth here. He’s doing well and such a dear 12 year old senior! J.J. is a happy pug thanks to Susan giving him a second chance. John you let J.J. know that there are good human men. He has a problem with some others. I know its his pre rescue life. JJ. Is such a blessing to me. I see Susan’s photo there and I choked up yesterday she looks just like I remember her.
My prayers are with you. I prayed a great deal about you last Saturday and it helped me too. You came up in my thoughts as first on my prayer list. God protected me later that day from something awful later that day. God gave me strength. As you know God is with us always even when we feel so alone. Please remind yourself of this and ask him for help. I know it’s hard to remember when hurting, but he is always there and we always have our prayers with us.
Ive felt most alone in my life when I was in the ER with chest pain 1 year after adopting j.j. surrounded by people in the inner city urban jungle albuquerque hospital. That made me feel more alone than actually being alone. People were talking about negative things behind the curtain prior to me leaving. When they did that I prayed aloud and got louder and louder. The commented to the nurse about me. They said they get people like me sometimes who pray. The Chaplin of Hospital had come and prayed with me in the waiting room prior. They can say as they wish as I will always love Jesus! People with faith are the most blessed of all.
I hope you can feel the prayers of others John. God bless you and comfort you always.
July 28, 2020
We met Susan through APARN. Susan came to our motorhome for the home visit as we wanted to rescue a pug. When I told her which pug we were interested in, she invited us to come over to their place that afternoon as Daggett was one of her fosters. So that afternoon we took Chloe over to the Sipple’s to meet Daggett and this was the beginning of a wonderful friendship! We did rescue Daggett and gained new wonderful friends! Being snowbirds, we traveled back to Pennsylvania for the summer and would return to Arizona for the winter. Susan was always the first person to come to our site to welcome us back-she was always there with a welcome back greeting. We shared lunches, dinners, birthdays together and whenever I had a pug question I would call her for the answers I needed. January 1, 2020 Susan was there to greet us as we moved onto our permanent site even though she wasn’t feeling quite herself, but she was there with her welcome back greeting. We did get to do lunch and helped another friend rescue a pug and talked on the phone. Susan was one of a kind and we loved her dearly. She will always be a part of our lives through Daggett and the friendship we shared. John, you know that we love you too. Until that time comes when we meet again, love you Susan Sipple.
Mary Jane Forsythe
June 9, 2020
My friendship with Susan goes back 18 year when she contacted me about joining Daughters of the American Revolution, which she did and our friendship just has continued. We also enjoyed being in choir and attending the Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study at Palmcroft Church. We have done do much together...laughed, cried and just enjoyed each other so much. Her smile was one thing that made her such a pleasure to be around. She was always smiling. I will miss her so much, but I know we will meet again. Love you girl.
John, I know the grief you are going through. It hurts tremendously and my prayers are going up for you as you start this journey without your mate. I am here if you ever want to talk. ❤️
June 2, 2020
Susan was a dear friend who I shall miss greatly. She was a true leader who could inspire me and her PEO sisters to achieve more than we thought we could. Susan was always the first to say "we can do this." I will miss her smile, laughter, her friendship, and her loving spirit.
May 31, 2020
I remember meeting Susan for the first time at a pug adoption event when my wife Lolly and I adopted our first rescue dog. We grew to know each other and became friends over the years through pug rescue and rescue events.
Susan's smile and loving kindness will be missed dearly.
May 31, 2020
Prayers to the family during this difficult time. I was honored to know Susan. We spent many fun times at pug events. Had a few laughs at some lunches. She was always a joy to be around. She will be missed.
May 31, 2020
Susan and I meet when I started fostering for Aparn
At some point I came to Az pug life rescue then I ended up the director of operations
Susan was made a board member for Az pug life she took over and ran the adoption community she did and awesome job
I also pet sat for Susan and John
Their animals are well loved
Susan loved my little disabled pug Simone
Thank you Susan for teaching me so much
I will miss you
I’m sure Simone was there to greet you
Rest in blissful peace
May 30, 2020
I met Susan and John on the Monday after Easter. Easter is my favorite time of year. Ive celebrated adoption anniversary every Easter Monday. She was my pug J.J’s foster mom. Susan nursed him back to health so he could be adopted. . the only one that loved J.J. as much as me was Susan. She got rid of his skin infection and I grew back the hair on his under side. He’s a wonderful boy now 12 years old. Adopted at 7 years. I’m so grateful to her for taking him from animal humane society as un adoptable. Animal Rescue people are such wonderful people. I loved sending Susan photos of cute little J.J. and thanking her for being his foster mom at mother’s day on facebook. Susan was a beautiful Gift of God. The world was not the same before her and is not the same after her. Thank you Susan for putting lovely ripples in the pond of the earth with you presence.
God Bless you John. So glad I got to meet the two of you. You are both in my daily prayers.
May 30, 2020
Susan and I met at Punahou School in 11th grade. Take a look at her senior picture and all her activities. She was not only well rounded but into writing back then for the school newspaper and the year book. We did lots of talking together - confessionals and dreaming. And then off we went to college and our separate ways for may years.
I treasure that Susan and I reconnected several years ago and I was able to visit her in Glendale. We brought each other up to date and I dragged her to look at houses and I tried to drag her to the gym every day!! Joint effort there with John but Susan knew what worked for her.
Centered, caring, calm, full of grace, smart - lots of conversations about current events and more. I was so happy that we were in each other's lives again. The first time I went to visit, I got lost and Susan came to "get me" in a shopping center parking lot. As we walked towards each other--there she was and we were both totally recognizable to each other! Spending time with Susan underscored why we became friends so many years ago.
To my lost and refound friend, Susan, thank you - that we got a second chance and you were as wonderful and delightful a person the second time around.
May 29, 2020
When I moved to Peoria 3 yrs ago, I was looking for a PEO chapter to join. The organization put my name out there for the Phoenix area and Susan was the only PEO sister that contacted me. I went to a summer luncheon for Chapter BT, Sun City, and she welcomed me like an old friend. I immediately knew I had found my PEO home! Thank you, Susan, and I will miss you greatly.
May 29, 2020
When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. John, your wife was a new friend of mine through PEO and I cherish the welcoming she gave me. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. God Bless, Donna Sorensen
May 29, 2020
Susan was a mentor and a touchstone for me in all things. Her bright and shinning example was a source of constant encouragement to me for the entire length of our friendship. She was consistently kind and flexible but strong in her beliefs. I found myself always feeling better about life and it’s possibilities when I was around her. There is a void in my life with her gone from this world. I will always carry her memory with me and listen to her wonderful voice of reason in my mind’s eye. Susan was a jewel of a friend and a powerful member of the human race. She is deeply and profoundly missed.
May 26, 2020
On behalf of the entire Sunland Memorial Park & Mortuary family, we give our condolences in the loss of Susan.