Susan A. Kemp, 76, of Surfside Beach, died Sunday October 28, 2018 at Embrace Hospice House with her daughter, Mia, by her side, holding her hand.
Susan was born in Trenton, MI. She was the daughter of the late Edwin Ross and Beatrice Guilley.
Susan was a retired United Methodist Minister from the Arkansas Conference. She was a graduate of Henderson University, Southern Methodist University and graduated cum laude from Perkins school of theology at Southern Methodist University. She had a deep love for God and appreciation for music, animals and the ocean. She was also an artist and musician and was very patriotic. Susan had the unique ability to make friends anywhere she went.
In addition to her parents Susan is preceded in death by her two grandchildren.
Susan is survived by four daughters, Laura Marie, Angela Marie, Christina Marie and Mia Marie; two brothers, Patrick & Michael Ross; as well as eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; and her loving dog Gracie.
A graveside service will be held on Monday November 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Belin UMC church Cemetery in Murrells Inlet, SC.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family with arrangements.
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I attended Perkins with Susan. She had a great mind, a kind heart and was a dedicated friend. She was very creative! I haven't seen her in some years, but want to extend my condolences for a beautiful life. Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, Little Rock
Submitted by Betsy Singleton Snyder on Nov 15 2018 01:31:04 PM
My prayers and sympathy for Susan's family. She was my first mentor, carefully guiding me through the first steps in ministry. She did the job well, preparing me for whatever was ahead, being honest about being clergy and especially womanclergy. She was so joyful and such a good preacher. She loved deeply and i know many were the recipient of that love, two legged and four. I have thought of her often. I will hopefully be ordained in the next year and will certainly remember her then. Know we are covering you all with prayers. So glad she was surrounded by those who loved her and whom she loved. Judy Hall arkansas
Submitted by Judy Hall on Nov 15 2018 12:24:38 PM
How do you say goodbye to the one who gave you life
To the One who has known you the longest
To the One who was your very first friend
To the One who sang,”you are my sunshine”with gentle nurturing to a young child,wrapped in hugs,kisses,and a warm smile
To the One who gave you a strong foundation built on love,faith,hope,and trust
To the One who made a lasting impression with compassion,integrity,perseverance,devotion to God a must
To the One throughput the years shared disappointments,sorrow,fears,and tears
Shared encouragement,joy,and happiness through poetry,musics, and art
Dreams of future plans soon to be clear and near the most important part.
Compelled searching for all the words I wish to convey, seems simply not enough to express a lifetime of admiration just on one page.
To the One who’s accomplished so much, your adventurous spirit,creativity,and humerous wit,can not be compared nor denied
Wishing I could call like any other normal day, thoughts of collaborations listening to your point of view, then asking Mama does this sound pleasing to you
Because of you I now know how to say goodbye
I say goodbye to you through the One who
gives everlasting life
To the One above all, who knows all
To the One who’s unwavering love there is no end
Praise Jesus Hallelujah!
Till we meet again
I love you, god bless you
Always your Chrissy baby
Submitted by Christina Zinn on Nov 12 2018 10:43:17 AM
Ive always thought of my cousin Susan and I as kindered spirits. One of my earliest memories of her was when I was about 5 years old. She had come for a visit and took me on a walk. We walked miles and miles to San Gabriel Mission. She brought me in the chapel, knelt down, and started to pray. The only prayer I knew was "now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep" which I repeated several times. It had a profound impact on me and solidified a bond that would last a lifetime. Over the years we shared many holday get-togethers watching the girls grow up and singing with Susan at the piano. One summer we went on a vacation to the beach together. I remember digging a hole in the sand for suan to sit in because she was very pregnant. As a teenager, Susan was a mentor to me and always pointed out all my attributes, something I didn't get from home. I will always treasure our last celebration together when we all met at my dear sister's house to celebrate life and family. My love goes out to Susan's family. She will be truly missed. A donation to St. Jude's Childrens Have a has been made in Susan's name ❤️
Submitted by Debra Lajko on Nov 10 2018 12:25:16 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Ms Susan was such a special lady. She will be forever in my heart. I have a couple of great pictures of her I would love to share if your interested. God bless.
Submitted by Tammy Davis on Nov 5 2018 08:42:08 PM
I didnt know you long but i do appreciate the few conversations we had. Especially about miss gracie. And like you said im gracies Monique! And shes caycees service dog! Rest easy. Ive got your gracie sue covered!
Submitted by Monique on Nov 4 2018 04:57:08 PM
I will miss you! I will always treasure all the time we had together and I will always think of you at the ocean! I love you mom. I will always be your mia by the sea
Submitted by Mia on Nov 4 2018 09:59:58 AM
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