Susan Kay Evans (born Turnquist, on January 22nd, 1952), nurse, mother, grandmother, and partner extraordinaire, died on March 27th, 2021, from complications of Leukemia. She passed peacefully, surrounded by love and loved ones.
She is survived by her loving partner of more than 25 years, June Wheeler, daughter Stephanie (Evans) Campbell, son John Gruber, her four grandchildren, Abigail Gruber, Jacob Gruber, Alison Gruber, and Stars Campbell, and siblings (in birth order) Gary (Kathy) Turnquist, Lee (Nancy) Turnquist, Cheryl (Jim) Hentges, and Kevin (Carol) Turnquist. She was preceded in death by her father, David Turnquist, mother, Betty Turnquist, and brother, Brian Turnquist, cats Jack and Willie, and dog Sasha.
Her driving forces were love, and excellence. Susan went to East Detroit High School, and then got her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University. While working full time as a Registered Nurse, she earned her Masters degree in Community Mental Health from Wright State University. Her favorite activities were: first and foremost, holding hands and laughing with June, cheering her grandkids on in all their ventures, showing up way too early for the kids’ sporting events, watching sports (any and all Michigan teams, but the Wolverines most of all, and whatever team Tom Brady happens to play for), gardening, and generally telling us all what to do, because she was a brilliant woman who grasped multi-system logistics like no one else. Professionally, she was a powerhouse. She never met a hospital that she couldn’t run, and could spearhead projects of such a scale that most people couldn’t conceive of, such as helping to coordinate the move of the Arthur G. James and Richard K. Solove Comprehensive Cancer Center into its massive new building. She created the Transfer Center at OSUMC, detangling and streamlining the process of getting patients into the beds they needed. She was proud of these accomplishments, but her true pride lay in her grandkids, as anyone who talked to her for more than five minutes could attest to. Susan met her illness with grace, but never stopped fighting. She was generous, loving, and strong, and will be dearly missed.
There will be a private viewing and service on Monday, April 5th, at 10am and 11am respectively, at the Hill Funeral Home in Westerville, Ohio. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited, but the service will be livestreamed in its entirety at HILL FUNERAL HOME'S YouTube Channel
.In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Central Ohio, at www.hospiceofcentralohio.org.