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Susan Lynn Hurtado

April 17, 1959 May 14, 2019
Susan Lynn Hurtado
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Susan Lynn Hurtado passed away on May 14, 2019 at her Oklahoma City, OK, home after a 20 month fight against Multiple Myeloma. She made it to her 60th birthday on April 17.
She also would have been a bit surprised if this obituary continued along the sad, gloomy path that most obituaries invariably do. She was not a sad and gloomy person and so it won’t because we’re talking about Suzy with a “y”!
She is survived by husband, Brig. General (ret.) Percy G. (“Sonny”) Hurtado II; son, Matthew Ryan Ketcher (Chelsey); her father, Raymond C. Hogge; sister, Carol A. Storey; niece, Michelle L. Whitnah; aunts Barbara Polland and Donna Russell and her beloved canine campions, Lucy, Sadie and Sarge. She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty J. Hogge and her brother Richard Dickson.
She also leaves behind countless friends and strangers alike who were touched by her genuine kindness, unlimited energy, boundless love, beautiful spirit and endless talents.
The words “smart,” “industrious” and “creative” are a good start when describing Suzy, who loved to draw, paint, garden, entertain and decorate. But she could also drywall, install a garage floor, hang wall paper and fix toilets. She was a woman of many talents and being somewhat frugal, loved the whole idea of “DYI”.
Suzy could also dance and sing, did a wicked imitation of Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday” and had a special place in her heart for butterflies because they provided a connection to her mother, the late Betty J. Hogge.
Suzy was born in Los Angeles on April 17, 1959. She graduated from Bell Gardens High School in Bell Gardens, CA, in 1977. She moved briefly to Alaska and then settled to Oklahoma City.
Even though she traveled to many places after leaving Southern California, she never lost her happy-go-lucky, high-energy California girliness. She could talk from morning ‘til night. She never tired and you never tired of hearing that voice with its colorful stories, general editorial or helpful advice.
This positive attitude served her well no matter what job she had, be it surgical technician, flight attendant for Southwest Airlines or as a Realtor. She jumped right on in, sleeves rolled up and by the time she was done, you left feeling that you were the only passenger on the airplane or the only person whose house was being bought or sold.
That was our Suzy.
Her pride and joy was her son, Matthew, who inherited—among many qualities—his Mom’s love of the air and her talent for being organized. She would rave about Matthew, the boy, and Matthew, the man, who during college worked at JetBlue as a baggage handler and today is a regional director, overseeing operations at 17 airports.
Suzy had a kind and generous spirit and a memory that put elephants to shame. Apparently born with the shopping gene, she would see something that reminded her of a person in her life and she would buy it. As her illness progressed, she was unable to sleep so she shopped on a website where everything was from Asia. Her husband, Sonny, would joke that he expected to see the CIA at their door, wanting to investigate their ties to China.
Sonny and Suzy, as they will always be known, met at a Country dance hall. They officially became the loves of each other’s lives when they were married on Jan. 15, 2000. They shared a love of OU football, dancing, entertaining, doggies and travel to exciting vacation destinations, oftentimes with the doggies in tow. They were dedicated to one another and shared a bond that loves songs are written about.
And how she loved loved LOVED her dogs—all dogs! When her back pain became so severe that she had to leave her job as a Realtor, Suzy started a business making dog beds and dog clothes. Her top model, Lucy, a Yorkshire Terrier, had as many outfits as Suzy, but Lucy had one better: a cheerleading outfit for OU football games.
Lucy’s fashion sense came from the best: her dog momma. Suzy never ever forgot the professional dress standards of the airlines. She was always impeccably dressed, and she was often times the most sparkly person in the room. Like a top chef’s ability to make a gourmet meal out of five random ingredients, Suzy could turn several pieces of clothing into a fashionable ensemble.
Suzy fought valiantly and she was stronger than any of us could have imagined or could be. When she became paralyzed, she learned how to drive her wheelchair, making perfect 180-degree turns and ramp maneuvers that included locking the wheels in place when getting into the van. Sonny would say she looked like a new pilot landing an F-18 on an aircraft carrier at night. Suzy would laugh that trademark Suzy laugh.
Even while navigating an illness that was cruel and unrelenting, Sonny and Suzy maintained their sense of humor and would bust on each other, along with Suzy’s dad, Ray. Her dad deserves the “Father of Century” award for the love and care he selflessly gave when Suzy needed it the most. The three of them were a force to be reckoned with and were as recognizable as superheroes walking the corridors of the cancer center.
And Sonny never lost sight of the promise he had made nearly 20 years ago—the part about “in sickness and in health.” He was there for his Suzy as her husband and caregiver. He was there as her health advocate, even bringing in reinforcements when necessary to deal with a health care system that at times seemed upside down and patient-unfriendly.
He was there for her just as she had been there for him and so many others, including police and military families and spouses, who had a special place in her heart.
When Sonny, oops, Brig. Gen. Hurtado retired from the military, Suzy was made an honorary two-star general for her countless volunteer efforts. Seriously, she was the boss.
She was also the recipient of The Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher by the United States Field Artillery Association for her volunteerism and for “offering courage and patience and help in the best traditions of the military service.”
Yes, that, was our Suzy. We will all miss our Suzy.

Suzy’s family wishes to thank all the family and friends who have provided love and support and sent cards, flowers, gifts, food and gave of their time during these past 20 months. We are forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Suzy’s name to one of the following charities:
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
P.O. Box 414238
Boston, MA 02241-4238
https://donate.themmrf.org/Donate

Gary Sinise Foundation
PO Box 368
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate/

Oklahoma Schnauzer Rescue
https://donate.rescueme.org/schnauzer


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