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Susan D. Eakins

Died: Mon., Nov. 10, 2014


No services to be held


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Stevensville - Susan D. Eakins passed away peacefully on November 10, 2014 after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Chicago on December 13, 1950, the only child of Rita and Truman Deede. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1975 and had a long term career as a Childrens Protective Services social worker finding foster homes for abused children. After retirement, she finally realized her dream of operating a shelter for abused and rescued farm animals in the Stevensville area for the past 7 years. In her struggle with cancer, she drew on the survival spirit she inherited from her father who was a survivor of the WWII Death March of Bataan and the atomic bomb at Nagasaki where he was a POW. During her final days, she was deeply gratified and relieved to have found good homes for all her rescued animals. This was accomplished by the extraordinary help of the many friends that she had acquired over the years. She is survived by her husband Lee Eakins, her daughter Anna Becker, her son Marcus Sabom, and her mother Rita Deede. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local humane society or animal shelter.

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Nicole Maas
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
I just recently heard of Sue's death from a friend. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few days at New Dawn with her and the animals...it was without question one of the most warm, peaceful and happy few days of my life. The memories my visit left me with will remain with me forever, and I have Sue's generosity, hospitality and huge heart to thank for it. My deepest sympathies to her family. She was a wonderful, wonderful woman.

Edith Steger Henson
   Posted Wed January 07, 2015
Sue was my first college roommate at University of Houston. Our room was on the 14th floor at the Towers. We became good friends and had a close group of friends. I served as her Matron of Honor at her first marriage and remember darling Baby Marcus. Marcus, you and Anna were really lucky to have the mother you had! Anna, I also remember when you were born. You were darling also and looked a lot like your Mom. She sent me a picture and I remember thinking you looked like a little Sue.
Sue was a very easy going, happy and calm lady. She made friends easily and was very well liked by everyone. We all had so much fun at U. of H.
I met Sue's lovely parents, Truman and Rita when they and Sue drove down to Galveston (my hometown) to visit me and see the sights.
I am proud to have been a friend of Sue's. I only wish I had kept in better contact with her through the years.
It is nice to know how well Sue helped so many animals! What a kind heart she had! We must always remember our dear friends and make the effort to keep in close contact with them.
God Bless you all. Sue will always be in our hearts!
Edie Steger Henson

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