From: Eric S. Theise (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 15 2006 - 01:02:07 PST
I learned tonight that Susan Vigil passed away recently; I knew her
from our time together on the SF Cinematheque Board in the early
1990s. Since she'd been deeply involved with that organization for
a long time by that time, I thought that there might be people on
this list that would want to know.
I'll append the obituary that appears on the sfgate.com site. If
anyone knows details about the memorial, I would be interested to
attend, although maybe it's already happened.
Lighting a candle for your safe passage, Susan.
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Susan Vigil Died on February 28th at age 59, surrounded by loving
family and friends, following an illness she faced with good humor
and grace. Survived by son, Marcus H. Vigil; sister, Mallory
King; brother, Aubrey King, sister-in-law, Lynette King, nephews,
Michael King and Jesse King; stepson, C. Joseph Vigil, IV, his
wife Brandy LeMae, and granddaughter Carmen J. Vigil, V. Born
Susan Phelps King in Baltimore, MD, to Aubrey Edmonds King Jr.
and Jean Palmer King, Susan moved to San Francisco in 1969. Susan
was a generous spirit to all and loved by many. She had a
resourceful, creative nature and her interests were wide and
varied. Her deep appreciation of nature led her to be an avid
bird watcher and traveler. Susan loved early music and opera, and
her eclectic interests in music included Hawaiian slack key guitar,
the Fairfield Four gospel group and the local Coro Hispano. She
played clavichord and performed in the Unitarian Bell Choir. When
her illness prevented her from playing clavichord, she took up
ukulele. She was a longtime supporter of the San Francisco
Cinematheque and a treasured friend of many filmmakers locally
and abroad. Susan made the finest ox tail stew on the west coast.
The wine she made at home in the 1970s was much loved, and the
digestivo,Nocino, she produced was considered by many to be
priceless. Employed at Chatham Created Gems, Susan became a
self-taught chemist and gemologist. As lab manager and senior
staff technician during the 1980s and 1990s, her research and
development helped to significantly improve the color and quality
of created gemstones. She was a valued member of the San Francisco
Gem and Mineral Society. Her capacity for empathy extended far
beyond her immediate circle of friends. She volunteered at the
Martin de Porres soup kitchen. The outpouring of support and
caring during her illness reflected how many truly loved Susan.
We will all miss her and will remember her always. Memorial to
be held at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society at a later date.
Donations may be made in her name to Martin de Porres' Soup Kitchen
on Potrero St, the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society on Franklin
St. or to the Nature Conservancy.
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