November 21 1956 –
September 29, 2021
Today and always we celebrate the life of Susan Grady – a true superwoman.
Kind-hearted and iron-willed, she kicked the doors and entered this world on November 21, 1956.
One day he will live in disgrace.
Born to Ellis “Pat” and Eileen Patterson of Romney, W. Fa, Susan is the youngest of three children.
Patti Wigal and Rich Patterson were her beloved siblings and also two of her best friends.
They claim that Susan was the favorite child of Pat and Elaine because she was the baby and often got her way.
Susan loved her family and prioritized them throughout her life.
She adopted her maiden name Patterson as her middle name to honor her family after marriage.
Susan graduated from Hampshire High School as a valedictorian in 1974.
She was a college cheerleader and would go on to display school spirit well in her adult life.
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She attended Allegany Community College and continued her career as a collegiate leader earning an associate’s degree.
Later, she attended Fairmont State University before transferring and graduating from Frostburg State University with a degree in Business Economics.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in adult education from Marshall University.
She began working as an accountant in the Hampshire County School System before moving into adult education in 1984.
She continued to supervise the adult education and GED program at Hampshire High School for several years.
She has felt very comfortable teaching and helping her students.
Former students still care about her today.
She has also been involved in many other clubs and programs including but not limited to Pep Club, Prom Committee, Home Bound (an educational program for students who could not go to school in person), Literacy Council and Cheerleading Counselor.
During this time at Hampshire High School, Susan and her close friends and children were fixed up at every Trojan home and outdoor sporting events.
She led the chants, orchestrated tunnels for teams, and led the fight song.
In 2000, she left HHS to become the adult education coordinator at Potomac Heights Regional Prison.
She later joined the Hampshire County School System as Director of Personnel and Human Resources before accepting the same position within the Mineral County School System.
She would work in this role until she retired in 2019.
After retirement, she was sought after for a consulting job.
She has worked with Morgan and Jefferson counties as a human resources consultant.
I acted with integrity and followed the golden rule. She believed in doing the right thing even though that wasn’t always the easiest thing.
Susan was respected and loved by her colleagues.
A colleague once said, “Susan is one of those rare leaders and is an inspiring mentor to all employees. Susan demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and a unique ability to organize. She is the go-to person for conflict resolution and problem solving…even though she doesn’t draw attention to herself.” Never, however, Susan’s positive attitude and the respect others feel for her runs deep.”
Fighting cancer was one of Susan’s interests. She and her sister Patty organized and brought the first March for Cancer to Hampshire County.
This later became the Hampshire County Relay for Life which is now a staple in the community. The event raised more than $1 million for cancer research.
She also provided wise advice and resources for those who have had to fight the battle against cancer or care for loved ones with cancer.
She married the love of her life, Jimmy Grady. They set up shop off Route 50 in Romney. They lived there for several years.
Together they welcomed two sons: Ian and Jordan.
Her children were her pride and happiness. She quickly became fan #1 and redirected her inner fan.
Susan encouraged her children in life and on the field.
To this day, her voice can still be heard echoing between the walls in various gyms around the area, specifically Old Campobello at Allegani High School, where her sons played basketball.
In the fall of 2002, Jamie and Susan moved to Potomac Park in the Cumberland area and were instrumental in putting Tulip Street on the map.
The Grady family has welcomed many of their sons’ friends and colleagues over the years, treating them like their own children.
In terms of mothers, Susan has been widely welcomed and considered goats
She was more than just a mother, she was the best friend.
Susan and Jamie also organize and run an annual golf outing to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
This tournament raised several thousand dollars for the “Hope Seekers” Relay for Life family team – founded and led by Susan.
Susan was a very family oriented person.
She loved to talk with her close friends and spend time with her family.
I enjoyed watching WVU games, reading, family gatherings, family cooking, rides around town, electric sledges, and “pool days” in the summer.
Susan has also been a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliary.
Several years ago, she started hosting the annual and 4th of July Christmas festivities which she has always looked forward to.
Over the years, Susan eagerly waited for a granddaughter.
She finally got her wish when her grandson, Jennix, was born in the summer of 2020.
He immediately became the new light in her life.
Soon she began to shower him with gifts and love.
Susan was able to experience some unforgettable moments with Jinnix that she will cherish.
Susan was an extraordinary woman, whose life and legacy painted a picture for everyone around her to admire.
She possessed many wonderful qualities including kindness, compassion, strength, and selflessness.
She always put others before her.
Susan was funny, had a great sense of humor, and very smart.
She was constantly learning new things.
She was a very intelligent person, and her brilliance could only be eclipsed by her humble nature.
Susan had a special way of instilling confidence, reassuring faith and encouraging hope.
In addition to the previously mentioned family members, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, wife-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, two fur babies, Boomer and Beaver, Susan will be missed. , And many other things.
Although she will miss her physically, her energy is still there.
Her love for family, her beautiful smile, and her infectious laugh will forever remain in the minds of those who knew her.
You had to know her to feel or fully understand who she was and what she represented.
The amount of love you created, gave, and received is exaggerated.
It was once said that heroes are remembered and legends never die.
Susan will always be remembered for the eternal impact she had on others.
Her soul will live every day in the hearts of loved ones.
Be a flamingo…
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations intended for the “Susan Grady Scholarship Fund” where the family intends to create a scholarship in Susan’s name to honor her lifelong dedication to education.
Also, the family requests personal handwritten memories of Susan. Please send all scholarship donations and written memories to the attention of “The Grady’s” at 626 Amarth Lane, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
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