Susan Ruth Mayo

Susan Ruth Mayo was born on October 6, 1966 in Tacoma, Washington to Grant Reede and Lynda Naegle Woodbury. After a courageous battle with cancer, she passed away peacefully on the morning of August 17, 2014 surrounded by her family.

Susan is survived by her husband, Alfred George Mayo, Jr.; their sons, Jake Ryan (Jessica) Mayo, Seth Grant (Pamela) Mayo, Luke Arthur Mayo, Max Dillon Mayo, Sam Easton Mayo; their daughter, Song Lynn Mayo; their grandson, Brodyn Wayne Hanson-Mayo; her father, Grant R. Woodbury and her mother, Lynda Naegle Edwards; her brother, Robert Grant (Lori) Woodbury and children, Mandy (Jeromy) Lackey and Alan Woodbury, and many others.

Her early years were spent traveling with her father’s military career; she also enjoyed many happy summer vacations with her grandparents, being spoiled by them and riding horses with her cousins in the mountains of Southern Utah. She started writing poetry in elementary school and very early on showed tremendous artistic and creative talent. Susan was a very bright, inquisitive, fun-loving little girl who blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She exhibited this creative talent by publishing many of her poems and illustrations throughout her life. She and her devoted and protective older brother, Robert, had a great relationship. Susan would often say that Robert was the best older brother any sister could ever ask for.

Susan met the love of her life and future husband, Alfred George Mayo, Jr. when she was 16. She met Junior while he was working at his family’s service station in Killeen. He claims that he failed Susan’s car inspection so that she had a reason to return. The plan worked, and Susan was equally excited that he remembered her name a month after her failed inspection. Realizing that they were each other’s soul mates, they married after dating for several years and settled in Killeen to work and raise their six children. Junior and Susan were happily married for over 28 years.

Known by everyone as an unselfish person who taught us by example to truly love and care for others, Susan had many loved ones she cherished. She had a great sense of humor, loved life, learning, and was a free spirited woman who was never afraid to grow. One of her proudest accomplishments was designing, building, and running Mayo Autoworks alongside her husband and sons, Luke and Seth. She also created her own successful online retail business, “Purse Strings Plus.” But her proudest accomplishment in life was raising her six children.

Even though she was a busy wife and mother, she made time to share her love of arts and crafts with her children, nieces, nephews and their friends. Art was a way she shared her joy to the world. Her heart would race in eagerness at the start of every new poem, painting, or project. She saw aesthetic significance in details that most of us would miss. Every curve, every shade of gray, every color, every word had its place. But her greatest work of art is something everyone will miss; her infectious smile. When Susan smiled, even the blind could feel her warmth. During her darkness moments, when she was unable to even speak, she smiled. Her grandchildren will inherit her goodness because that is what her children were raised with. It is her legacy, and words do no justice in explaining it. But everyone who knew Susan knows that they don’t need words. Art needs no explanation.

Visitation will be held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6pm-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Friday August 22 at 10:00am at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 S Ft Hood St, Killeen, TX 76542. Interment will be at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery, 14501 North IH-35 Pflugerville, TX 78660. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


breeze by

touch lightly

whisper my name

across the room

leave an impression

run my fingers

drift past like a stray balloon

slide over

get to know me

sing a song

come out to play

write on my wall

strum my guitar

chitchat along the way

through the line

across the miles

over land, over sea

listen closely

close your eyes

reserve a space

remember me

By Susan M.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Susan was one of the sweetest people we had the privilege to know. Janet and Frank


Junior, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. ~Sherry Simmons-Williams & Family


My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mayo family.

shirley reid-roach

My thoughts and prayers are with you Junior and your entire family. Susan was such a wonderful human being. Her light shines on.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mayo family.
Michelle, Michael and Lauryn Warner


Susan was one of the sweetest most kind woman I ever met. She loved her famili and loved life dearly. She will be missed by all. I am so lucky I had the pleasure of sharing a small part of her life.

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