May 25, 1953 - August 1, 2014

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Obituaries » SUSAN MARTIN

MARTIN, SUSAN FITTS, 61, slipped from the earthly embrace of family and friends peacefully and quietly on August 1. Without complaint, she battled leiomyosarcoma with all her might for over eight years. Complications from kidney failure eventually finalized her mortal life. Susan was born on May 25, 1953, in Barre. She was the daughter of Homer and Elsie Fitts. She was one of three children. Joe’s Pond in Northeastern Vermont was her first love and she found time to return to her beloved home every year. She was a graduate of the University of Vermont with an RN degree in nursing. She worked as a nurse in Vermont and ultimately moved to Utah to follow an unselfish dream. She found endearing, long-standing love, support and happiness with her husband, Eric Martin. They were the proud and loving parents of two children, Kallie and Kipp. They received her utmost love and commitment; they were lights in her life, even in her darkest moments. Sue was not an ordinary person. She was exceptional; her upbeat personality, wisdom and strength of character made her a pleasure to be around. She possessed a powerful combination of competence and compassion. She enjoyed the sunshine, gardening, traveling, hiking, skiing, woodworking, reading and all of life’s little joys. Her day-to-day life was a gift. She was everybody’s friend and truly never met a stranger. Our good friend, Peter Novak, once commented that Sue could turn lemons into lemonade; how apropos. She worked at St. Mark’s Hospital for over 30 years and received the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Each of us have walked away better for having known her. Sue loved life and she loved people. It is her legacy. She inspired us, she reminded us every day that life is sacred and we should be thankful. And that smile … she had the world’s greatest smile. Sue is survived by her husband, Eric; her children, Kallie and Kipp, of Salt Lake City, Utah; father Homer (Margaret); brother Doug; sister Ellen (Cliff) Cooper; nieces and nephews Karen and Michael (and their mother, Jeannie) and David and Jeffrey. She was predeceased by her mother, Elsie.

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