In Loving Memory
July 16, 1954 – July 4, 2015
Susan G. Patrick was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 16th, 1954 to Richard and Betta Akeman. She was named after her grandmother, Susan Bruening, who raised her as if she were her own daughter. Bruening instilled many principles of morality and social justice into Susan, often bringing her to civil rights marches in the 1960s.
Susan possessed an impressive educational background. She attended five universities throughout her lifetime spanning from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. She earned one Bachelor’s degree and three Master’s degrees in areas of psychology and education.
Susan Patrick had two children: Jackson, the oldest, and Whittaker. Raising the two as a single mother on a teacher’s salary, she had to make many sacrifices to provide a high quality of life for them. Her children meant everything to her, and Susan exerted so much energy, love, and care into shaping them as human beings. For example, she taught both Jackson and Whittaker how to read at a very early age, instilling them with a love of her greatest passion: reading.
It would be incorrect to say that Susan had only two children. In fact, she had thousands of them: her students. After her sons, school was the most important part of her life. Susan devoted thirty years to educating young people, and more than half of that was spent teaching at Fairhope High School. She joyously poured everything she had into her job. Susan often spent countless hours each week at home grading papers, working on lesson plans, calling parents, and devising teaching strategies. Susan was fondly remembered by many of her students. A quick trip to Walmart could end up lasting two hours because many students, past and present, would stop and speak with her.
Beloved by many, friend to many, and teacher of many, Susan Gale Patrick passed away on July 4th, 2015 at Mobile Infirmary at 5:54 PM due to an advanced state of cancer. Despite her illness, she managed to finish the school year.
She would not have had it any other way.