Susan Jane Watson, age 54, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of August 28,2019 due to complications from Crohn’s disease. She was born on April 16, 1965 in
Calgary, Alberta and was the youngest of three daughters of Gail Richard and Phyllis Arlene Watson.
Susan loved life and her family and her friends but Susan’s love for her daughter,Carly Arlene Lamont, was truly epic. They had a connection deeper than the ocean,
higher than the sky and longer than to the moon and back. Because of this great love Carly is blessed with millions of wonderful memories with her Mom along with
the strength to continue to enjoy life and to bravely handle any challenges that come her way.
Susan was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 12. Over the years her internal fortitude and determination became legendary as she valiantly faced and fought the disease and proved to it, and everyone else, that she was a force to be reckoned with. It was those very strengths that drove her ever onward and allowed her to enjoy many a grand escapade.
Road trips, camping, concert-going (The Eagles, the Rolling Stones and Harry Connick Jr.; to name a few), whale watching and scary rides at the PNE are just
some of the adventures that filled Susan with joy. Her true grand passion however, aside from Carly, was caring for animals. This obituary would not be
complete without acknowledging the many furred, feathered and finned beings Susan adopted over her lifetime. Caring for them was a priority for her and to do
so came as naturally to her as breathing.
Even before Susan was born her family spent at least two weeks every summer at The Beach House in Parksville, B.C. and after her birth that tradition continued
throughout her life. Her experiences there fostered her dream of someday making that area of Vancouver Island her home. In 2018 she transformed that
vision into a reality when she and Carly and their “pack” took up permanent residence in Errington, B.C. Some may have said she was a dreamer, but she proved
positive that when you wish upon a star your dreams do come true.
Along with her internal fortitude and determination Susan was blessed with another great personality trait; her sense of humour. She could always be counted
upon to interject some dry, wry wit at the most unexpected but somehow most appropriate moments. Her facial expressions as she did so only added to the
hilarity and there was no doubt, had she wanted to, she could have given Lucille Ball a run for her money.
Susan continued to make an impact on the world even after her death. She left behind a very special legacy through her desire to be a tissue and/or organ donor.
Following her passing, her eyes were donated to the Eye Bank of B.C. and through this donation up to eight people will benefit from ocular tissue transplants.
Susan is survived by her daughter, Carly Arlene Lamont, her mother, Phyllis Arlene Watson, her sisters Linda Susan Hagen (Terry) and Jennifer Sylvia Champagne
(Ron), her nephews Kevin and James Hrankowski, and her paternal aunt, Carolyn Solis.
Susan’s remains were cremated at the Evergreen Cremation Centre in Ladysmith, B.C. and her Celebration of Life was held on September 10, 2019 at Rathtrevor
Beach in Parksville, B.C.
Memorial contributions can be made to:
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada whose promise is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic
The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Palliative Care Unit who cared for Susan and her family with genuine care, concern and compassion;
The BC SPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach Branch who cared for and re-homed Susan’s fur-babies when she no longer could;
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