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Surrounded by her loving family, Susan Kay “Sue” Thornhill, 59, of Clark passed away at her home on Thursday July 26th, 2007 after a brave fight with melanoma. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at Sturgeon Christian Church in Sturgeon, MO. She was born in Moberly, MO April 24th, 1948 to Lawrence and Moreen Gehlken, living her entire life on the family farm near Sturgeon. Susan was a respected and dedicated employee for over 30 years at the University of Missouri, spending most of her time in the General Services Building. For more than 10 years, she also enjoyed a part-time job, where she made several friends as a cashier/greeter at Sam’s Club in Columbia. Though continuing to work part-time for the University, she retired from full-time work in 2005 to baby-sit and spend time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Sturgeon Christian Church, past member of the Lutheran Church in Centralia, and a volunteer for numerous organizations including The United Way, Sturgeon Rec Center and various social and fundraising efforts in Sturgeon. Susan was an avid Sturgeon Bulldog athletics fan and supporter, and enjoyed her pets and spending time working in the yard planting flowers and trees. Susan’s biggest thrill and calling in life was caring for other people. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She’d never let a day pass without talking to or spending time with them. Survivors include former husband, Gary Thornhill, a daughter, Lisa Sexton and her husband Michael, two sons, Jason and his wife Leslie, and Brian. Forever missing her love and guidance will be grandchildren Amber, Coty, Cooper, Kenley, Naythan and Hanna, due in November. Also surviving is brother, Larry Gehlken. She was preceded in death by her parents, whom Susan loved and cared for immensely. Susan was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend to many. She will be truly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to her memorial fund at First National Bank in Columbia. In addition to supporting Susan’s favorite charities, the family will be donating a tree to be planted on the grounds at the University of Missouri in memory of Susan.