Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”” –Luke 8:52

The Catholic faith is rooted in the belief that God made us to enjoy eternal life with him. Hence, death does not have the last word.

Corinthians 8:28 promises us, “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”.

The above could summarise the way Suzie lived her life. She wore many hats:

Suzie the Homemaker:  To her family, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister a fantastic cook and one with a fine eye for detail for a comfortable home. She balanced all these roles with love, keeping others above self.

Suzie, the Career woman: A lecturer in the department of English at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai where she was loved and respected both for her work and her inter-personal skills, by staff and students alike. She set up and ran an English digital lab in the college, for the enhancement of the English language. After her retirement, she extended her expertise to educational institutions free of cost. At the British Council, she was an examiner in the IELTS section and she worked there until a few weeks ago.

Suzie, the Entrepreneur A Seamstress par excellence her special talent being bridal attire. Determined and positive as she was she sewed her daughter’s complete bridal outfits at the peak of her illness.

Suzie the Organiser and Hostess : As the Vice- President of the Parish Pastoral Council  and the Co-ordinator of the Steering Committee, she brought in new ideas of engaging and keeping the Communities together – the ‘Shenaigans’ a week of fun, games, dancing, learning skills for parishioners of all ages was a hit in 2015, Party games and brain teasing quizzes were her forte. Ideas for raising funds for the Missions or organising Vianney Day for the priests brought in joyful participation and interaction between the zones of the parish. Having a flair for writing, she made a difference on the Editorial board of the Andrean Newsletter. The Icing on the Cake was her passionate involvement in Mission Sonshine, a project at the Parish level started by Fr. Magi. She loved to be part of the team to brainstorm, research, format, edit, compose or compile. She would fuel the long working team with her delicious cakes and sorpotel or choris –pav.

Suzie the Patient: You never hear of anyone make an announcement of their sickness, but Suzie did it, in what she called ‘Breaking News’ 3 years ago. Never did she complain, lament, or indulge in ‘self-pity’, but she put up a bold and courageous front with her complete trust in the Lord, attending meetings, meeting up with friends or attending to her family. In short, Suzie gave her hundred percent and lived life to the fullest.

‘I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith’ (2 Timothy 4:7) Yes Suzie! And now you have received the crown of Righteousness.

By Maria Dsouza