The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Her Will Was Her Way

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

6 April 2005

Our typist, Sue Hoffeditz Towns, of Stronghurst was taken from us by cancer this week leaving another void in our small community.

After being away many years, Sue retired and moved back to her hometown and came to type and read proof part time at The Quill. She was determined to do whatever it took to learn the tasks at The Quill, and she poured into the proof reading, many times editing articles. When deadlines neared and times were stressed, Susan always put a twist to everything seeing the humor in almost every situation.

When cancer struck, it was very hard, her worst fear, she said, but she was determined not to let it rob her of her spirit. She continually would make us laugh as she faced the toughest situations. The days she could, she would be at The Quill, or at the Senior Center, or at the church taking care of leadership roles or at the nursing home.

When others might have given up, Sue seemed determined to enjoy every minute of life as long as she could.

Last year, as I walked around the track with Sue during Relay For Life, she had our pictures taken and one made into an 8x10 as a thank you. And during her final days, it was she who took my hand as I sat by her bedside as if to say, "Don't worry, everything will be okay."

When Sue married Bill, she inherited six children and several grandchildren whom she felt were each a special gift from God. Her sense of humor, and her strong will was her way. It was also God's way as she reflected the compassion of Christ so many times throughout her life. It's a comfort to know Sue is now enjoying paradise.