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Susan Kay (Payton) Gillim

Born: Mon., Jan. 28, 1957
Died: Mon., Dec. 24, 2012

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Susan K. Gillim of Sheridan, Indiana (formerly of Noblesville and Indianapolis) died December 24, 2012 after a long and courageous fight with metastatic breast cancer. Her strength and determination to persevere left an indelible mark on those who knew her. To the very end, Susan never thought of herself but, rather, what action could be taken to help others fighting the disease and ultimately to find a cure for cancer. Susan was tireless in her quest to raise money for local breast cancer organizations and gave her time freely for the cause. Whether Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sharon L. Bassett Foundation, Rock for the Cure, or her own organization, Partners in Pink, Susan understood that local organizations and individual efforts make a difference. Susan believed that, "It is not how much time you have on earth, it is what you do with the time you have".

Susan Gillim was an employee of Roche Diagnostics for 25 years where she excelled in the areas of marketing, e-business, and web development. During her tenure at Roche, Susan received numerous accolades, service awards and earned an MBA degree with honors. She deeply loved Roche and her family of co-workers. Susan believed that the opportunities and level of support she received from Roche is a testament to the character of the organization and its people a" they are the best.

Susan is survived by her husband of 23 years, Parvin D. Gillim, her beloved sister, Terry Payton of Fishers, Indiana, and her brother, Robert E. Payton (Rita) of Brandon, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents Melvin E. Payton and Anna M. Payton (Craney) of Indianapolis, Indiana.

As Susan adored the Sheridan community, a service celebrating Susan''s life is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church located at 207 E. 2nd St. Sheridan, Indiana at 2:00 pm, where friends and family are invited to gather from 1:00 pm till time of service. Afterward, the celebration will continue at the Sheridan Community Center with an abundance of Susan''s favorite music, cakes, and pies.

To continue the fight against breast cancer, donations can be made to Susan''s organization, "Partners in Pink", at any location of The Farmers Bank (www.thefarmersbank.com). Donated funds will then be dispersed to the local cancer organizations with which she was involved. Online condolences may be made by visiting fisherfuneralservices.com.

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The Gale Family
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
We were very blessed to have Susan be a part of our crazy family for many years. We were always amazed at her strength and courage. She will be greatly missed.

Anna & Chris Markus
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
Our hearts ache at Susan''s passing. She was a beautiful and courageous woman who embodied the spirit of living life in an exceptional way. I know that she is spreading pink around in Heaven! We love you, Susie!!

Alice and David Luker
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
To the strongest person I know. Susie brought so much to so many people and was always a bright spot in our family. Her good natured attitude and strength was an inspiration to all. Much love.

Sarah Gillim
   Posted Sun December 30, 2012
Susan was so smart, strong and inspiring. She researched the Gillim family tree and got us all more interested in our own heritage. Her devotion to breast cancer research continues to help men and women. We love you sooooo much, Susie. You are still with us in spirit.

Julie Steele
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about Susan''s death but count myself among the lucky to have known her. She showed extraordinary courage during her struggles with cancer and was one of the most positive people I have ever met. I am Susan''s intranet/internet counterpart on the West Coast and will miss her personally and professionally.

Jen Bell
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
I feel blessed to have known Susan. She was strong & inspirational. Your family will be in my prayers.

Lucy Collado
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
My most sincere condolences for your loss. May you find strength in knowing that Susan made a big positive difference in other peoples'' lives. She will always be remembered for her selflessness and love for life.

Jo Meyer
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about Susan. I have worked with her for many years - first of MyLabOnline and most recently walking with her at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. She will be missed by us all.

Cress Merrill
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
Rest in peace Susan. My thoughts are with your family at this time.

Patrick Gallagher
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
I’m honored to have known and worked with Susan for almost 25 years. At one point she became my boss and mentor, but through it all she was my friend. I will always remember her strength, dignity, and compassion. I shall miss her always.

Rick Vosberg
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
I have know Susan through work for many years. She was a warm, friendly, and capable person.., always valued at Roche. Susan will be missed.

Nancy Naber
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Susan. I worked with her when I was at Roche, and so enjoyed her great outlook on life. Your family is in my prayers.

Terry McKinsey
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
We''ve lost a very special person here on earth but God needed her in heaven. Sue will be greatly missed and we will continue her fight for Stage 5 - The Cure!

Jim Hester
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
I knew Sue for many years during out time together at Roche. She was a wonderful woman and always someone I could count on. She will be greatly missed.

Tammy Vermillion
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
As a past colleague of Susan''s, I will miss her great sense of humor and wonderful perspective. I last her saw her at our polling place during the November election. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Terry Langley
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
I will always cherish the days I worked with Susan. In her younger days she was a bit on the wild side; however once she began working at Roche she came into her own. Susan rest in peace now that you,are no longer in pain but in the hands of God.

Wilbur & Betty Hamblin
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Our sympathy goes out to Susan''s family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Ron Clark
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Susan was a neighbor of my in Westchester Estates as we grew up. Fond memories of her abound in my mind, she was a wonderful person, caring, thoughtful, played lots of basketball in her drive way as a little kid. RIP Susan!

Andy WIlkinson
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Parv, Please accept my heart felt condolences on your loss of Susan. You are and will continue to be in my prayers.

Saideh Barlow
   Posted Fri January 18, 2013
Dear Parv and Susan''s family members, it was my honor to have worked alongside Susan for two years at Roche. She had an incredible sense of humor, an infectious laugh, a zest for life, and a deep and abiding love love for her family and friends. May we take comfort in knowing she is free of the pain she battled against with the utmost courage and grace. God Bless.

Deb Withrow
   Posted Sat January 19, 2013
Susan was a strong and brave woman that fought hard. Her positiveness about her fight with cancer has inspired many people. She will be missed and will always live on through all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Sincerely, Deb Withrow

Lisa Green
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
I am so happy to have known Susan! I got to know her here at Roche when we were planning the move from Building A to V-V. This would have been around 2005. She was part of the transition team, but like everything else she took on, she made it fun, lively, and poured her heart into it. She shared her story about her cancer and her passion for pink with overwhelming enthusiasm. How could you be anything but a breast cancer supporter with Susan around!?! Of course, you couldn''t! To this day, I can''t see a pink purse, pink coat, etc. without thinking of Susan and her wonderful, enthusiastic manner. I''m firmly convinced that Susan has saved lives through her work. Only question is how many! I''m confident it''s more than a few!! It''s a legacy to be proud of! It''s truly a blessing to have known her!

Debbie Abshier
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
I knew and worked Susan at Bobbs-Merrill Publishing. Even though that was years ago, I still can see that big grin of hers! So very sorry to hear of her passing. Debbie Abshier

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