Susan HulmeDecember 11, 1931 ~ July 21, 2017 (age 85)
Susan Lee Wilson Hulme passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 21, 2017 surrounded by her husband of over 62 years and her six children. Susan was born in Glendale, California on December 11, 1931, to John Raymond Wilson, Sr. and Ruby Leona Grange (Wilson). She attended George Washington High School in Los Angeles, California. While in high school, Susan joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) after being introduced to the church by a close friend.
In the early 1950s, Susan attended UCLA until her father passed away, leaving their family with no family ties to Southern California. Susan’s family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to be near grandparents and extended family.
In Salt Lake, Susan enrolled at the University of Utah and took a part-time job at the Utah Power & Light utility company. Her mother, Leona, also worked for Utah Power & Light as the secretary for the Engineering Department. While there, Leona met John Raymond Hulme, an electrical engineering student from the University of Utah working part time for the power company. John had recently returned from an LDS Church mission to England, and Leona became very fond of him. It was hardly an accident that John and Susan met during one of Susan’s visits to see her mother. The ensuing “chemistry” was immediate, although their first official date had to wait for each to wrap up other serious dating interests. John and Susan were engaged in October of 1954 and married in the Manti LDS temple on December 23, 1954.
They lived in Salt Lake until John graduated with an electrical engineering degree and was commissioned in the US Army Signal Corps. As a result of John’s active duty assignments in the Army and subsequent employment, Susan and John have shared many homes together: for a short time in Richland, Washington; Red Bank, New Jersey; Washington, DC; back to Los Angeles, California for John’s Master’s Degree in electrical engineering; Sunnyvale, CA; San Jose, CA, and finally Saratoga, CA where they have lived happily for the past 45 years.
Susan was an active member of the LDS Church throughout her life, holding positions of leadership, teaching, and working as an ordinance worker at the Oakland LDS Temple, a position that she and John cherished together for over twelve years.
Susan was a superb homemaker, allowing her family to thrive. She was an expert cake decorator and loved making elaborate, beautiful cakes. Early in her life, she developed a strong interest in sewing. With the help of aunts and friends, she became an accomplished seamstress and designed and made her own clothing. As a young mother, she made many of the dresses and other clothing that her children wore with pride. After her children were grown, she extended her expertise into a business, Calico & Co., designing and crafting custom cushions, pillows, drapes, and other decor for businesses and private clients. Her work was in high demand.
Susan later became passionate about needlepoint art. Her interest and skill blossomed as she became a well-known and admired member of the local needlework community. She gained national notoriety by winning many awards for her work which was featured prominently on the covers of national needlework publications. As a respected senior member of the American Needlework Guild, she provided instruction and training at national conferences and conventions. She produced many works of art and delighted in sharing her talent and expertise with her friends and family.
Susan was happiest when she was surrounded by and serving her family. She loved to be with her grandchildren, helping them with science fair experiments and art projects, and sharing her many artistic talents. The legacy of love and service she leaves for her children and grandchildren are her greatest accomplishments.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents, John Raymond Wilson, Sr. and Ruby Leona Grange Wilson. She is survived by her husband, John Raymond Hulme; her brothers, John Raymond Wilson, Jr., and Ralph Mitchell Wilson (Cornelia); her six children, Douglas John Hulme (Stacy), Linda Amelia Hulme Williams (Mark), Lisa Elaine Hulme Taylor, James Wilson Hulme (Amy), Philip Raymond Hulme (Stephanie), and Gary Benjamin Hulme (Kristine); twenty-two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Hulme Family will honor Susan at the following memorial services:
·PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:00 noon
Meet & greet family at 11:00 am, prior to the service
Saratoga Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
19100 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, California, 95070.
·PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary
615 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California, 95030
Interment for Susan will be in Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga, California.