November 19, 2013

Lisa Susen

Mrs. Lisa Susen, 53, of Dalton, passed away during a beautiful sunset the evening of Nov. 18, 2013, after a valiant three-year battle with cancer.

Lisa is survived by her loving family, her husband of 31 years, David Susen; son, Samuel Susen; daughter, Stephanie Susen; mother, Marcia Johnson; sister, Janis Campanella (brother-in-law Richard); and brother, Marshall Johnson (sister-in-law Kelly).

Her father, Donald Johnson, preceded her in death.

Lisa was born on Sept. 3, 1960, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, the second of three children. She graduated from Mercer Island High and the University of Puget Sound in 1982. Lisa earned her master’s of education in 1998, her Ed.S. in school psychology in 2001, and commenced a rewarding career as a child psychologist in the Dade County school district, taking great joy helping the many hundreds of children and their families who crossed her path.

Lisa and Dave began their married life together in 1982 on Mercer Island and relocated to Dalton in 1993, always remembering the importance of time with family at home, on vacations and traveling to Sam and Stephanie’s sporting events. Lisa captained her USTA tennis team, volunteered for school and civic organizations, enjoyed reading, music and cooking (even having her own stint as a television show chef), cultivated many long-term friendships and was the founding member of the Happy Hour Girls that gathered many Friday evenings to celebrate. Her high school yearbook quote by Helen Keller continued to summarize the strength Lisa brought to her life and the lives of others: “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” Her caring and earnest style affected more than she knew.

A celebration of Lisa’s life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at ChristChurch Presbyterian on 510 South Tibbs Road in Dalton. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lisa may be made in her name to ChristChurch Presbyterian for distribution to Lisa’s chosen charities.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton; (706) 278-3313.

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