HAMPDEN - Susan Lynn Caruso was born July 31, 1959, in Moline, Ill., to Richard and Elvy (Skogman) Ferguson. The following is in her own words:
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"On January 25, 2013, with many hugs and kisses, I closed my eyes for a final time and dreamed of what a wonderful life I had been given. Five years ago I was diagnosed a second time with cancer and thereafter, every day became a gift.
I leave behind the most wonderful son a mother could wish for. Patrick is strong, honest, compassionate, and allowed me to know how deeply I could love a child. My daughter, Jaclyn, will forever be my "princess". She is smart, beautiful, and the joy of my life, who everyday continues to bring happiness, especially on our frequent girls shopping trips. However, the most important person in my life has been my loving husband, John. He is and always will be the love of my life. He has taught me how enduring a love can be, always there and always putting me and family above all others. I will truly love you forever. It gives me great comfort to know that my children have found someone special to share their lives with: Patrick's wife, Angela, and Jaclyn's boyfriend, Andrew Kay. And finally, my faithful companion and angel from Heaven, my dog, Roxy. The first time I saw her I fell in love with her, not knowing she was here to help me through the sleepless nights and always waiting when I walked through the door.
It is my final wish to not have a funeral or memorial service. Anyone wishing to say a final goodbye can toast me with a glass of wine - I will hear you. Anyone wishing to grant me a final wish may contribute to causes close to my heart: The Furry Friends Food Bank, care of Eastern Area Agency on Aging, 450 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401 or the Maine Troop Greeters, 287 Godfrey Blvd., Box 6, Bangor, ME 04401." Friends and family will have a chance to join in a celebration of Susan's life at a later date. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 28, 2013