Susan Joyce MacNab 1946-2018

Susan Joyce MacNab passed away peacefully Nov. 24, 2018 in the loving care of her dear friend Linda Foster of Payson, Arizona.

Susan MacNab, known as Sue to her many friends, was born July 5, 1946 in Burbank, CA. Her father Robert was a lawyer and her mother Louise was a homemaker. Sue grew up in La Canada, a small suburb of Los Angeles. One of the highlights of her youth was to be chosen for the role of Dorothy In her high school’s annual play “The Wizard of OZ.” Upon graduation she enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University where she received a degree in Fine Arts in 1968. Her love affair with Arizona began in 1970 when she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona. She received a Masters degree in Education and Counseling in 1972. Sue then returned to California where she worked as a public school principal. By the early eighties Sue decided to relocate to Arizona on a permanent basis. She worked in the Scottsdale Unified School District as an educator and counselor for many years. Through the Scottsdale years she had visited Payson many times. Late in her career she moved there and spent several years as a counselor in Payson prior to retirement.

When cancer first struck in 2015, Sue moved back to the Valley to be near her doctors. She settled in Sun City Grand and made many new friends. While there she was introduced to the Glassworks Club and spent many hours creating beautiful glass pieces for her home and as gifts to her family and friends. Sue put up a gallant fight against her disease over three years. That fight was made possible by her determination and the loving help of so many of the friends she had made in Arizona.

Sue is survived by her brothers Walter and Brian, by Walter’s wife Brenda, and Brian’s partner Patty Bishop. Sue also has four nieces and nephews she was very close to: Andrew Stevenson, Kelly Stevenson, Robert Stevenson and Kristi Yeh. Kristi and her husband Matthew have two children, Allison and Elliot, who referred to her as Great Aunt Sue.

Sue will be deeply missed by her family and many friends in California and Arizona. Sue’s entire family would like to thank all those selfless souls who were so supportive of her during her final years. On behalf of Sue, the family would also like to thank the American Cancer Society.

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