AURORA, Ill. — Susan Marie Messick, 58, of Aurora, Ill., passed to her eternal life on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in the company of her loving husband. Susan was born May 13, 1956, in Traverse City, the daughter of Francis X. and Jean A. (Gauthier) Schaub, of Lake Leelanau.
A graduate of Leland Public School, Susan earned her associate’s degree in graphic art from The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Ill.
In 1984 she moved to Atlanta, Ga., to pursue her career. There she met the love of her life, Raymond Osborne Messick, whom she married on June 13, 1987, at Holy Family Catholic Church of Marietta, Ga.
Susan, an independent thinker with much common sense and a strong work ethic, had a very successful career as an operations manager in the mortgage industry in Atlanta, Ga., and most recently in Aurora, Ill.
A talented artist, Susan had a keen eye for color and composition and worked in a variety of media, especially oil and acrylic painting. She particularly enjoyed capturing the beauty and light of our natural world in photography as well as on canvas. Her favorite recreational activities included bicycling, cross-country skiing, beach-walking, boating, gardening and flower arranging. An accomplished pianist and accompanist, Susan also enjoyed jazz, classical and inspirational music. She generously shared her artwork, talents and interests with family and friends. Her warm smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Susan was thankful for her relationships with her family, many relatives and friends. Most of all, she treasured being a loving wife to Ray and a mother to their son, Evan. Blessed with a strong faith, she recently authored a short book of her life experiences to provide encouragement and hope for those who mourn the loss of a child.
Susan is survived by Ray, her husband of 27 years; her mother, Jean; siblings, Mary Ann (Art) Urban, of Traverse City, Mark Schaub, of Lake Leelanau, Dennis (Kim) Schaub, of Lake Leelanau, John (Mary Lou) Schaub, of Lake Leelanau, and Laura (Gordon) Gottfried, of Traverse City; brother-in-law, Warren Messick, of Augusta, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Jim (Erin) Urban, Julie (Johnny) Patubo, Katie Jo, Dean, Derek, Dylan and Dustin Schaub, Emily Schaub, and Kyle and Sarah Gottfried; a great-niece; great-nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.