Susan Crum was always interested in people and their stories and never had a bad word to say about anyone, said her daughter, Kate Crum.
“Mom had a very laid-back, gentle personality,” she said. “She was patient and kind and quiet, but the quiet mostly stemmed from her being genuinely interested in people.”
Susan Crum, 60, of Portage, died May 25. She had been a certified nursing assistant with Fountainview Nursing Home, Portage. Previously, she had a 30-year journalism career, including serving as an editor with Electronic Packaging & Production magazine. She was a member of the First Unitarian Church of Hobart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Crum, in 1998.
She enjoyed writing and wrote about a wide variety of things, both professionally and for her own enjoyment.
“I found a lot of articles she’d written not only for the magazine she worked for, but also just kind of as practice,” she said.
Crum loved the music, movies and radio shows from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, and enjoyed discussing them with her patients at the nursing home.
She also enjoyed going on long walks with her two dogs, playing the piano and gardening.
Kate Crum said her mother was her best friend.
“She made sure I knew the importance of being responsible for myself and my own actions, and was very supportive of anything I wanted to do,” she said.
After she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, she had an amazing attitude about death, her daughter said.
“She told me she had been very happy with her life and did not regret anything, even that it might be a short life, because she had simply found something to enjoy in every day,” she said.