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Susan G. Marlin

March 17, 1958 - December 22, 2016

Susan G. Marlin, 58, died at Salem Hospital with her family gathered around her. Her death was due to health complications stemming from pancreatic cancer. Susan was preceded in death by her father, Ted Nichol. She is survived by her husband, Royce, of 41 years, her daughters Barbara Kirkland and Shawna Marlin of Aumsville, mother, Juanita Nichol of Aumsville, brother Doug Nichol & his wife Maurita of Aumsville, sister Miriam Morrow & her husband Mitch of Salem, sister Martha Pynch & her husband Todd of Turner, as well as her four grandchildren, Breanna Kirkland, Baylee Marlin, Alex Marlin, and Layton Marlin.

Susan was born in Silverton, Oregon to her parents, Ted & Juanita Nichol. She grew up in Aumsville, where her parents owned T.G. Nichol Plumbing. Susan grew up in the family plumbing shop and attended Aumsville Schools. She graduated from Cascade High School in 1976. Susan married the love of her life, Royce Marlin, on August 23, 1975 at Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville. After marrying, the couple stayed in the Aumsville area, where they raised their two daughters.

Susan worked in the family plumbing business for 25 years before going to work for the Oregon Department of Corrections at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in 2002. Sue was a hard worker that was loved by everyone, including the inmates she supervised. Without complaining, Susan would take on any task she was asked to complete and do it with excellence.

In June 2012, Susan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was initially told by doctors that she would likely only live another year. Not accepting that answer, Susan endured every medical treatment  offered. Several of her doctors commented that she was the hardest working patient they ever had. Her perseverance stretched that initial one year of life into four and allowed her to enjoy a life filled with love with her family.

Susan loved spending time with family and friends. She treasured her children and grandchildren and her life was devoted to them. Other passions included gardening, roses, flowers and hummingbirds. She absolutely loved to sit outside and watch the hummingbirds fly all around in her back yard. Susan was a devoted wife as well as a loving mother and grandmother.

A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 1:00 PM Friday, December 30th, at the Church on the Hill, 2707 Maranatha Ct. SE in Turner, OR. A private family committal service will be held at the Aumsville Cemetery prior to the Celebration of Life. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home. A gofundme account has been established in Susan’s name  if you wish to make donations in lieu of flowers.

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As I always told Royce and Susan, they are my family by choice.  I miss Susan already and can only offer my best memories and the support of a friend to all who love and miss her.  Susan was a warrior and Royce her dutiful knight.  Theirs is a love for the ages.  Hugs and fond memories!