Marshall, Susan

It is with great sadness that the family of Susan Beth Marshall, 59, of Windy Point, Ont., announces her passing, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Susan was born on Nov. 21, 1956 in Marathon, Ont. to the late David and Margaret Marshall.
SuzyQ enjoyed sitting in the sun, surrounded by her flowers, and going for a dip in the lake or a ’toon boat ride. She also was an avid reader.
As well, Sue loved to bake and make appetizers for the family—usually having to make several batches to ensure they passed quality control.
Susan was a powerful and passionate advocate for consumers and family members in the mental health system for more than 20 years. She was the founding co-ordinator of Sunset Country Psychiatric Survivors (SCPS), the first funded peer-initiative in the district.
She went on the become the first team leader for the Can-Help program, as well as worked on the boards of SCPS and then CMHA as the two amalgamated.
Sue participated in all aspects of the development of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) and was extremely proud of her role in the creating the tool.
She was a profoundly emotional and humorous keynote speaker at many conferences.
Susan is survived by her husband, Gerry Hoffman; her children, Bonnie MacDonald (David Littely) of Castlegar, B.C., Daniel (Elizabeth) MacDonald of Prince George, B.C., and Kate (Nathan) Baird of Devlin, Ont.; and six grandchildren, Corbin and Evan Littely, Shjon, Alysha, and Mickayla MacDonald, and Sloan Baird.
Also surviving is her brother, David (Joanne) Marshall and their daughter, Jenny; brother, Scott Marshall and his children, Noah and Quinn; sister, Jan (Doug) Montgomery and their children, Meghan and Joel; brother; Bruce (Vicky) Marshall and their daughter, Lindsay; as well as her extended family.
A celebration of Susan’s life will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont., with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
The honourary pallbearers will be all of Susan’s family and friends.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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Beloved partner, mother, sister, friend—you will be missed!