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In Loving Memory of My Cousin Suzanna Harry March 30, 1971 – August 18, 2015

Good evening everyone,

 For those who don’t know me, my name is Amanda Sohan.  I was Suzanna’s first cousin. 

Actually my sister and I were closer to Sue and Roger than cousins – you see, her father and my father are brothers and her mother and my mother are sisters. 

The loss of Suzy truly reverberates throughout our entire family.

And we will all miss her more than words can ever express.


There are many things I could tell you about Suzy.  When we were children, we were inseparable.  We all explored our neighborhood Woodside as a very tight unit, we played together, read stories together, dreamt of what our future would look like when we got older – all four of us – together.  And we always said that we would all be together always.  We would love each other and be there for each other forever no matter what.

 And for the most part we kept those promises.

 Suzy was kind, beautiful girl.  She was an amazing cousin, her smile lit up a room, her giggles still fill my ear.  We use to have a cousin’s lunch every month or so and even though her illness prevented her from joining every single one, she still was able to join us for many of them.  She had a great sense of humor.  She liked to laugh and share stories with us.  She was open.  She was sweet.  She loved each one of us.  And I really think that our cousin’s lunch with one of our own missing will never really be the same. 

 My cousin Sue was what we all considered the standard.  People use to look at her and say if I have a daughter I would like her to be just like Sue.  And that is just the simple truth.  She was an obedient child, she was an amazing sister who loved her brother a great deal and was devoted to God and her parents.  Sue gave us a gift that I will never be able to thank her for.  She let us spend the last few moments of her life with her in happiness.  She unselfishly gave herself to us so that we would have these memories to treasure for the rest of our lives.  I cannot imagine how painful that must have been, how strong she was until she could no longer be. 

 When I was talking to my sister, I asked her what will we say?  And my sweet sister said to me, something wonderful that they would remember Suzy that way.

 As usual my sister is right.  So please take this away with you – please remember this about our Suzy, remember that she was the most caring, loving human being who never hurt a soul.  Remember that she smiled and laughed often, remember that she loved her God and her family. 

 Thank you for coming.


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