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Susie Troublefield

Celebration of Life memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at First Presbyterian Church for Sue Gilchrist Troublefield of Artesia.

Troublefield, 73, passed away peacefully Monday, May 22, 2017, in Yucaipa, Calif.
A reception will follow the services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hotel Artesia.

Susie was born May 25, 1943, in Artesia to Creighton and Fifi Gilchrist. She spent all her school years in Artesia, graduating in 1961.

She went on to the University of New Mexico and, after marrying and giving birth to her two children, earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Fort Lewis A&M. Later, she would earn her master’s in education and administration from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and finish her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California (USC).

On June 15, 1963, she married Glen Troublefield, also of Artesia, at First Presbyterian Church. She gave birth to Reese Robert Troublefield on Feb. 8, 1964, in Albuquerque, then to Laurie Helen Troublefield (Shoemaker) on Feb. 4, 1966, also in Albuquerque.

Glen, Susie, and their two children moved to Southern California in 1970, where Susie began her educational career, teaching high school biology. She went on to teach multiple subjects on multiple levels, then entered her administrative career, where she finished as the assistant superintendent of Desert Sands Unified Schools in Palm Desert, Calif. She also spent many years teaching at the university level. She retired in 2002 after a 32-year career in educational service.

Susie loved her family most of all, especially her two granddaughters, Nicole and Jenna. She was “THE BEST ZZ EVER!”, they would say. She also enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the church choir (and directing it), reading, travelling, politics and Fox News, and she was an amazing cook. She was a Girl scout for 40-plus years and loved being a troop leader for many years, as well. Though living many other places, she always loved Artesia and called it “home!” She is remembered as loving well and working hard!

Survivors include her husband, Glen; brother Robert Gilchrist of Albuquerque; sisters Barbara Webb of Los Lunas and Dana Sparks of Odessa, Texas; son Reese Robert and daughter Laurie Helen; and grandchildren Nicole Christine and Jenna Elise. She is also loved by countless extended family all over the world.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Creighton and Phyllis; and grandparents Ray and Helen Bartlett, and Clement T. and Bennie Bell Mayo.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the beautiful servants of Wildwood Canyon Memory Care and VITAS Hospice care for their support and care of our mom in her last months and days.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church of Artesia, P.O. Box 1475, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1475. Please mark as “In Memory of Sue Troublefield.”