Susan Simpson Watts passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 19th, in Napa, CA at the age of 74. She is survived by her daughter Kristin, her brother David, and her beloved dogs, Hopper and Bumble.
She was born in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado in the spring of 1943. She attended elementary school in town and loved walking in the hills and fields that surrounded the family ranch. In the summers, she and her baby brother would often spend time on their grandparent’s farm visiting with cousins.
Susan later moved to San Francisco with her mother where she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1961. Susan made lasting friendships while at school and often recalled happy memories of that time.
She met her first husband, Bryan, during Fleet Week in San Francisco and they were married in 1963. Their daughter, Kristin, was born in November of 1964 while they were stationed in Kittery, Maine. The small family moved around for the first few years from Maine to California to Hawaii and then settled in Connecticut.
Susan went back to school and graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Eastern Connecticut State College. She became a dedicated, compassionate, social worker and worked for the state of Connecticut for over 20 years. She cared deeply about people and felt that every person deserved to be treated with respect and dignity. When she retired, she moved back to California where she fell in love with the rural beauty of Lake county.
Her family knew her to be a talented artist, though she wouldn’t think so. She loved re-painting a room or antiquing a dresser. She once said that her favorite pastime as a young child was redecorating her doll house. I often thought that if she had missed her calling as a social worker, she would have loved studying interior design.
Susan held a deep faith in God and her love for the Mother Mary carried her through the most difficult times in her life. She was a member of the Women’s Bible Study Group in Hidden Valley Lake for 15 years, and the Ladies Altar Society at St. Joseph’s Church in Middletown for more than 10 years.
She was an active volunteer in her community. Even though she had retired from social work, she never really strayed from that path. She volunteered for the Rural Food Project and Spirit of the Season. She worked for Catholic Charites for a short period of time. She also volunteered for Hospice Services of Lake county helping people and their families. She loved animals and was a regular contributor to the SPCA and local animal shelters. Her dogs Hopper and Bumble were a great source of joy and comfort.
Susan was easy to talk with and had a wonderful sense of humor. She had a knack for listening with interest. She loved getting together with family and friends for a game of cards or Trivial Pursuit. She had an infectious laugh and was known for her ability to turn a mishap into a remarkably funny story.

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