On September 29, 2013, my pal, Susie Muth, left her earthly home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.
This is the eulogy I delivered at her funeral. It is reprinted here with kind permission from Dale Muth.

Susie Muth was my friend. My best friend. A Lucy and Ethel kind of friend. A sister kind of friend. And although we weren’t related by natural birth, we shared an exceedingly better kinship: Susie and I were sisters in Christ.

It’s a daunting task trying to describe in just a few minutes what that blue-eyed, wavy-haired, spunky little fireplug named Susie Muth meant to me. It’s like trying to squeeze a garden into a nutshell or the ocean into a teacup. But here goes.

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Two parts angel . . . one part imp.
Servant to the suffering . . . adolescent prankster.
Queen of random acts of kindness . . . jokester extraordinaire.

To know Susie personally . . . intimately . . . was to ride a merry-go-round through a field of daisies at Mach 10. With Mother Theresa. And Martha Stewart. And Bozo the Clown. But despite her affinity for silliness, far and away the single most significant, most salient quality she possessed was her faith.

I asked a friend yesterday, How do you talk about Susie Muth without talking about Christ? His reply? “You can’t.” To be around Susie was to see someone whose faith in God was so strong, whose commitment to follow Christ was so resolute, whose determination to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her life was so unwavering, it consumed her. Therefore, instead of telling you all the things I will MISS about Susie, which would be impossible anyway, I’d like to share with you three of the most valuable treasures I GAINED through knowing her.

THE FIRST TREASURE I gained through knowing Susie is that CHRISTLIKE compassion knows no limits. Susie’s life exemplified the simple commands of Romans 12:15 —

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”

Susie was the most tender-hearted, selfless, prayerful person I ever knew. If she was aware of a situation, be it sorrow-filled or joy-filled, she was right in the middle of it with you. She endlessly poured out her heart to God on behalf of people who probably never even knew it — likely some of you sitting here today. What I gained from knowing Susie is that to truly love as Christ loved is to demonstrate a life of limitless compassion for others.

Of course, with Susie, there were other things that knew no limits. The mileage she could get out of someone else’s dumb mistake or silly comment was endless. Take, for example, the time several years ago when I told her that I’d had a dream that I was married to Dale. I don’t know how many times she tried to give him back! And of course, if you know Dale, you know that he jumped right on board. Two weeks ago, he wished me a happy birthday, but apologized for not remembering our anniversary.

THE SECOND TREASURE I gained through knowing Susie is that CHRISTLIKE service knows no bounds. Susie had a boundless determination to use her God-given talents to help others. Her life exemplified 1 Corinthians 15:58 —

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in
the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

From her patchwork quilts for the sick and suffering, to a three-day salsa and jelly canning marathon we once got ourselves into, Susie was tireless in giving of herself. What I gained from knowing Susie is that to truly serve as Christ served is to sacrifice yourself for the good of others.

Of course, in Susie’s world, service to others was often taken to a whole new level. Many of you are aware of, or have even experienced, Susie’s flair for using abandoned junkyard debris, such as old porcelain toilets, to create beautiful lawn art. On your lawn. By the way, her children have also inherited this talent. Suffice it to say that to this day a piece or two of glitter confetti still works its way out of my carpet. Six years later. Chelsey.

And finally . . .

THE THIRD TREASURE I gained through knowing Susie is that CHRISTLIKE grace knows no restraint. Like all of us, Susie wrestled from time to time with delicate relationships. Soon after she’d share a personal struggle, she’d invariably send me a text saying she had prayed about it and the Holy Spirit convicted her of the need to love and forgive. Her life indeed exemplified Ephesians 4:31 & 32 —

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you.”

What I gained from knowing Susie is that to truly extend grace as Christ extended it is to cover another with love and forgiveness without restraint.

Of course, restraint did not apply to Susie when it came to texting. To Susie, texting was an important and useful tool for totally disrupting someone else’s day with unbridled silliness. Like the time she was preparing activities for Alisha’s bridal shower. She was collecting kitchen tools to use as object lessons for a successful marriage, such as a strainer to demonstrate the need to filter out thoughts and words that can harm a relationship, and a rolling pin to show that lumps–problems–that come up should be dealt with right away. Well, she texts me early one morning because she can’t find a meat cleaver. I’m like, a meat cleaver? What are you gonna do, demonstrate how to cut off Jordan’s fingers if he burns the toast? No, she tells me, she wants to show that you have to keep pounding away to keep your marriage tender. Turns out she meant a meat MALLET. We laughed so hard that we texted about it for the entire rest of the day.

Well, I could go on and on about Susie’s love for her family, her passion for Bible study, or her sheer euphoria shopping at Hobby Lobby. But I think what she would want you to know above all is that at this very moment she is praising and rejoicing with her Lord in heaven, which indeed is cause for great celebration!

If you are sitting here and don’t understand how so many of her family and friends can find joy in this season of mourning, perhaps you don’t know Jesus Christ. If that is you, she wouldn’t want you to experience sorrow and suffering over her passing, but over your sin against a holy God, and for you to recognize your need for a Savior. Nothing would please her more than for today to be the day of your salvation.

If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you share with her the blessed assurance of eternity in heaven. And although heaven will be a place of no more pain, no more suffering, no more sorrow — a place of complete perfection — I have to think that it will be just a little bit sweeter with Susie Muth in it.


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  1. Tammy Zimmerman says:

    Susan, as always, you have a way with words! I am sure Suzie would have appreciated your eulogy and laughed at all your great memories of how she touched yours, and others’ lives!!! What a treasure it is to have a friend that truly exemplifies what Christ’s life and purpose was/is! In the book, “Tuesdays with Morrie” there are two quotes that I thought of while I read your blog: “Death ends a life, but it doesn’t end a relationship.” and “When you know how to die, you will know how to live.” Obviously your relationship with Suzie is still going on, and it strengthens your relationship with God. Suzie truly knew what dying meant, that she would go on to live in eternity with Jesus our Saviour and how exciting that truly is, so because of this love and relationship, she also knew how to live….not to earn her way to heaven, she already knew that by the Grace and Mercy of God, Jesus had already gained her place there, but to live a life that reflected her love and relationship with Christ!!!! Soon we will all get to rejoice forever and I can’t wait to hear more joy and laughter then!!! Thank you for sharing your friendship with us! Love you!!!! Tammy

  2. Tammy Zimmerman says:

    I apologize for spelling her name wrong…Susie!

  3. UnapologeticallySusan says:


    Someone who lived life as large as Susie did leaves a mighty big hole behind. We can only look at earthly life from the vantage point of the past–every moment is gone in a moment–and only God knows what the next one will hold. But even when we don’t understand life’s circumstances, we can rest in the assurance that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans8:28). He has been faithful to fill the void with many unexpected blessings. I miss her every day, but know that one day we’ll be worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ together in our heavenly home.

    Thank-you, Tammy, for taking the time to comment on my post and for the kind words of encouragement. And don’t worry about misspelling her name–to me she was just plain Sooz.

    Love you, too.

  4. Judy Palmer says:

    I was there the day you presented this eulogy at Susie’s funeral. I laughed and I cried! I didn’t remember all of what you said, so I’m glad you were able to publish it. Susie’s death was such a shock to us all! It was not according to our time frame for sure. She did leave a big hole in many hearts and in our community. I cannot believe one year has already passed since she left us. Your writing made me laugh and cry all over again! As I read it, my mind was transported back to that day. Your timing in presenting your thoughts was perfect. They made us all laugh as you recounted a few highlights of Susie’s silliness, love and devotion to others and cry as you remembered so many of her acts of kindness that are just gone from this earth. It makes me want to hang on to the moments of today a little longer and savor my relationships a little more. We truly do not know when we will leave this earth. We all assume it will be when we are old and grey….Susie’s life and sudden death really make the reality and urgency of needing to know our eternal destination today! We don’t know that we will have tomorrow. —-

    Friendship is an earthly blessing from heaven. I’m glad to be able to call you my
    friend. —Judy

    • UnapologeticallySusan says:


      Delivering that tribute that day was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. How does one go about handling such an honor and privilege with the care it deserves? Even now, there is more I wish I’d said. But be that as it may, if Christ was proclaimed and God was glorified, then I can be content.

      As you said so well, friendship is an earthly blessing from heaven. Thank-you for yours, my friend.


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