Susan Kay de Wet, a dear wife for 48-plus years, beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sibling and friend of many, lost the last battle for her life peacefully at home and went to be with God on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Her long war with dementia is over.
In 1961, Sue graduated from Central High School in Davenport, Iowa. In 1962, Sue completed courses in lapidary, weaving and metal sculpting at the Penland School of Crafts, in Penland, N.C. In 1963, she met Gary and they were married in 1965. In 1966, they moved to Gary’s homeland of South Africa, where Sue immediately got involved In the community and supported Gary in starting a chiropractic practice in Port Elizabeth. In 1967, they started a family.
In 1977, the family moved back to the U.S., and after a short stay In Davenport, moved to Napa in 1979, where Sue once again became involved in the community, helped Gary start another practice and raised their four children.
Sue was never happier than when she was giving back to those she cared for. She dedicated much of her time supporting her and Gary’s children through the Napa school system at St. John’s Lutheran, Northwood, Redwood and Vintage High schools, where she served in a variety of capacities, including being a “room mother” and becoming the proverbial “soccer mom.”
Sue was a longtime member of our local Community Projects (CP) organization, an activity she loved and a place where she made many friends. She participated with passion and vigor and became known as the “Bag Lady” of CP for her efforts in starting a project of filling thousands (she kept count) of paper bags, which she had donated by a local merchant, with small toys that were sold at the store.
With her son serving overseas as a Marine, Sue committed herself years ago to sending care packages to our troops in Afghanistan and other areas. With goodies donated by CP and solicited contributions from other local businesses, she sent thousands of packages (yes, she kept count again) overseas. Sue was particularly proud of a picture she received of one of her shipments being airlifted into a remote overseas area. Sue’s efforts were applauded by the local Red Cross branch, which collaborated with CP and supported her efforts.
Sue was a keen student of the supernatural and spirituality. She attended many seminars on the subject, was an avid reader and built an extensive library on being, living and everlasting life, until she was confident in having found her direction and path to God.
Sue will be remembered by many people for the considerate person she was and the positive way in which she affected their lives, always enjoying the beauty of the different seasons of nature. Sue truly did not have an enemy on this earth.
Sue spent her life providing her family with a loving, caring home, enriching our lives in every way possible, and will live in our hearts forever. We will treasure our memories of her and never forget that she truly was our nurturing loving nucleus.
Sue was born to John and Virginia Voss in Davenport, Iowa, on April 6, 1943. She was predeceased by her parents. Sue is survived by her husband, Dr. Gary de Wet; son Lt. Col. Gary de Wet (USMC), his wife, Christina, and their children, Gary Jr., Alexandre and Isabelle of Virginia Beach, Va.; son John, his wife, Nicole, and their children, Madison and Joseph, of Dayton, Nev.; son Christiaan and his son, Jeremy, of Napa; and daughter Dr. Gina, her husband, Fatos Plaka, and their daughter, Hanna, of Napa; as well as her siblings and families, John Voss Jr., Gretchen Poffinbarger and Robert Voss, all from the Midwest.
The family would like to thank Sara for her tireless efforts, love and dedication, and express our gratitude and appreciation to her for all she did in bringing joy and putting smiles on Sue’s face. Thank you to the many doctors and staff at Kaiser Permanente, the efficient Kaiser Hospice team for the comfort, care and assistance provided and the Tulocay Cemetery personnel. To all our wonderful neighbors and friends, thank you for your love and support over the past years.
Be comfortable in the arms of God, sweet angel, until we meet again.
Memories and words of sympathy may be shared with the family at TulocayCemetery.org.
Final arrangements are pending.