OBITUARY

Susan Hopkins Coombs

December 24, 1947May 14, 2018
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Coombs, Susan Hopkins, age 70, of Sun City Center Florida, passed away at home peacefully in her sleep on Monday May 14, 2018. Throughout her last year, Ms Rip Van Winkle would have marathon sleep episodes that would last a day. She would awaken alert and refresh like it was a nap. Explaining the episode, She would laugh in disbelieve and say,“ Get Out” and then say, “I’m hungry.” She was born on Christmas Eve in Wilmington, Delaware to Irving Jr. and Norma Hopkins and to her sibling’s displeasure, held up Christmas of 1947. She grew up in Brookside and graduated from Christiana High School in 1966. She worked in admissions at the Wilmington Hospital and along with her co-workers, was a weekend warrior with the medical unit of the Delaware National Guard. She joined the army (1974-1977) as an x-ray technician and served in Taegu, Korea and at Fort Monmouth, N.J. She was honored to be a postal worker for 25 years and loved the camaraderie and friendship she developed as a distribution clerk until her retirement in 2004. She was a Floridian snowbird until she became a resident in 2012. Among her pleasures of connecting with facebook and watching her Eagles win the Super bowl; she enjoyed RV traveling, boating, camping, Miata rides, wood working, home projects and cooking. However, what brought consummate joy to her life was spending time with her grandkids, family, friends and pets. She found a piece of Heaven with her Delaware Bayshore Campground friends and also with her friends and teachers from the Chakra Center. She was an inspiration to many and will be missed beyond words. She was true love, pure honesty and your best friend forever, because ”Once you were her friend, She was never letting you go.” She is preceded in death by her parents; her grandmother, Mary Baldwin; her brother, John Hopkins; and her beloved sister Sandra Hopkins. She is survived by her life partner and wife of 37 yrs, Elsa Sunnie Mendiola of Sun City Center Florida; her loving daughter, Susan (Skip) Lowe; grandchildren, Christina Jennifer, John Wesley and Jacklynn Lowe; great grandchild, Roxana May; brother Irv (Rhonda) Hopkins, sister Carolyn Brown, and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her loving childhood best friends, Frances Huff, and Nona Cunane; her special friends Barbara Ives (Thank you for the Belly Laughs) and Doni Doty(Thank you for the Spiritual Journey). The family would like to extend a special thank you to the green team of Lifepath Hospice of Sun City Center. Thank you Kelly, Lynn, Jerome, Rebecca and Jenna. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Delaware at a later date. Memorial Donations can be made in her to Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary P.O. Box 63, Wimauma, Fl 33578 and Life Path Hospice, Inc. Sun City Center, 3723 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin Fl 33573.

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David Schurgard

June 18, 2018

My favorite Aunt, and my friend. You are missed very much and I will miss you more than I know right now. Memories of times spent around you will always be with me. I find peace with your passing because I know you are no longer in discomfort. You fought to stay around with us long and hard. -- Amongst many of your talents you shared, one was that you were the family historian. We spent many times talking about and looking at old pictures of people along the Hopkins and Baldwins family tree, and others, from current and many generations going back. My Mom knew much, however you knew more and filled in many missing pieces for me. I was grateful to be able to learn much about my family, some or most I never met and some I only remember from my very young boyhood years. I asked a lot questions, most were answered, you didn't mind because you enjoyed remembering and sharing what you knew and learned yourself of our family. -- You were loved and will be missed by many Aunt Susie.

Melody C. Boulden

June 16, 2018

Susan was one of the kindest and thoughtful person I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. She will be deeply missed by all.

Christina Lowe

June 13, 2018

Dear Grandmother,
I can not think of a greater loss for this world or a greater use for the world angel. For years you and your wife were my only role models and to this day I've never found a better one then yourself. I am forever longing to be in your home. It will always be my happy place. When I first found out that you were terminally ill, I didn't know how I could live without you, but I'm so glad you're not in pain anymore. The fact that you loved your family so much to fight for so long is insane. I know where I get my strength and endurance from. You're with me always. I hear you in my thoughts, feel your love in my heart, and see you in my reflection. You live on forever in my memories. I will never forget that Mummum loves me. If only you knew how much you meant to me and the difference you made.

Love, CJL oxoxox




Vicki Yingling

June 13, 2018

My husband Frank and I met Susan and Sunnie when they offered us the empty lot they had along side of their camper at Bayshore Campground.
When we moved our camper alongside of them we did not become neighbors we became family.
We could not have asked for any better people then the two of them to become our dear friends .
I spent many hours sitting with Susan and talking to her and crying on her shoulders and she listened with her heart and gave me tons of advise. She would talk at great length with myself and our friend Gail and share her stories with us. We loved sitting in her camper talking to her.
Susan was the gal to go to for a recipe if you needed one and I took advantage of that many times. I'll cherish the cook books I have of hers forever.
Susan passed her cooking skills on to Sunnie when Susan was no longer able to cook .
Sunnie was learning Susan was directing .
Sunnie was told to cut up the celery for the soup into one inch pieces.
Well as you know Sunnie is a perfectionist and follows directions very well ,
So out came her tape measure and the celery was cut into one inch pieces .
Measure one inch , cut ,measure one inch , cut , and so on until the celery was cut up. I'll bet it must have taken her an hour to measure and cut.
But as Sunnie stated when we were hysterically laughing at her ...well , Susan told me to cut it into one inch pieces I was following her directions. Needless to say when I cut up my celery , this memory comes to mind and I still laugh out loud about using a tape measure to cut it up. I can still see Susan telling us the story and her laughing as hard as we did about it.
Susan , watch out for the shelf clouds over the bay and nudge us in time so we can run run run!
Susan was a very true friend and I'll cherish our friendship for an eternity !
You touched my life with your friendship and my memories of you with live on in my heart forever ! Until we meet again sweet lady!!
Love you,
Vicki

Elsa (Sunnie) Mendiola

June 12, 2018

My Dearest Susan,
37 years of love says it all.
Everything we did, we did together
And beat the odds. A lifetime of memories; a daughter, and great grandkids around. Boxer puppies, rescued cats, raccoons and that Pomeranian we found. Building backyard
Gazebos and getting a pool. Remodeling our homes using our tools. Pursuing our dreams and buying some toys, the boats, the Rv, the Miatas, “Yahoo!” What joys!
Picnics with the truck and banana split dates, doing things with you were always great. Spending winters at the condo, summers at the beach, living life to the fullest with you is what I am going to miss. As you always promised, our life was never dull. You were my dreams, my inspiration, my best friend, my soul mate, my wife, and now my guardian angel for the rest of my life. Our love is eternal, Be free, Be joyous, and Be forever young.

Keith or Casey Arndt

June 12, 2018

I remember one e-mail, I sent Susan asking her what she preferred to be called Susan or Sue and she thanked me for asking her, she didn’t like the name Sue and she wanted to be called Susan, I have always enjoyed your company Susan you will be deeply missed by everyone. Until we meet again

Chrissy Sheridan-Francisco

June 11, 2018

My earliest memories are playing with my cousin Susie and my Aunt Susie and Sunny’s house. I remember her trying to get me to eat things I had zero interest in eating and her caving to my picky habits as the rest of the family had. My sister Sandy and I use to love to go and play at their house because Susie was our age and play time was just a blast. My Aunt Susie had such a kind heart and really helped me when my dear sister passed at the age of 35. She called me frequently and told me to look for signs and to have an open mind because they are everywhere. Well now they are together and I am constantly on the lookout for signs from both of them. I miss you already Aunt Susie and thanks for making a difference in the life of a child. My life as a child and even an “adult” child. I can close my eyes and hear you telling me not to be sad. I’m working on it...... love always..... Chrissy xoxo

Babs Ives

June 11, 2018

Dear Sue, Thank you for so many wonderful memories. Our get together for your Birthday, and then Christmas Eve night; the pool laughs and all of our great belly laughs as we shared stories. Your kindness and genuine concern will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully Sue. We miss you. Much love Babs n Bob

Frances Waters

June 11, 2018

We have been together a good part of our lives and I miss you Sue and will continue to miss you. I have lots of memories from school to the present, Wish you could have stayed longer. The Angels are with you, Lots and lots of love - Franny.

Cheryl (Cherie) Lynn Janulewicz Cavanaugh

June 11, 2018

My Dearest Susie, Thank you for the fun of running around the house with me as kids and for the love you continued to share with me as we grew older. I will hold you always in my heart. Breathe free with God's Love! Love, Cherie .