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Caroline S. "Susie" Willard

October 12, 1934 — September 13, 2022


Caroline S. "Susie" Willard


Caroline S. “Susie” Willard, 87, of Shelbyville, passed from this life into heaven to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Heritage House in Shelbyville.

She was born October 12, 1934, in Shelby County, the daughter of Stanley and Vertus (Miller) Laird.  On October 18, 1952, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Willard, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2019.

Susie is survived by her son, Ed Willard and wife, Cynthia, of Shelbyville; daughters, Connie Beyers and husband, Bob, and Cindy Kuhn and husband, David, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Jessica Griggs and husband, Shane, Luke Willard, Whitney Wampner and husband, Dustin, Ashley Aldridge and husband, Brady, Melissa Buckler, Leslie Brown and husband, Jake, and Matthew Kuhn and wife, Jenna; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Chuck, Susie was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Eddie Bennett; sister, Roberta Young; and brothers, Carl Laird and Jackie Laird.

Susie graduated in 1952 from Shelbyville High School.

She attended Shelbyville Community Church and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

Susie retired in 1998, from Shelbyville Central School Cafeteria, with 24 years of service.

She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Susie loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Shelby County.

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

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Monday, September 19, 2022

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