Carolyn Sue Bennett Brock
July 15, 1940 - April 28, 2021
When Carolyn Sue Bennett Brock was born at Cottage Hospital in Fullerton, California a near 24 hour period of her mother's intense labor resulted in her father Carroll Bennett exclaiming "we're not having another baby!" Carolyn was an only child.
Friends were made from kindergarten through junior college in Fullerton schools, and remained for life. She enrolled at Arizona State University where she became a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and met, and married, Ron Brock, her husband of 60 years.
Following 1962 graduation with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education she became a second-grade teacher at Broadmoor Elementary School in Tempe while Ron finished a degree in marketing.
A daughter, Kimberly was born in 1965 in Glendale Adventist Hospital, resulting in Carolyn's retirement from teaching to devote her time for the clear purpose of becoming a full-time mother. In 1968 a son, Ron, Jr., was born at John Muir hospital in Walnut Creek, California, and Carolyn returned to friends in Fullerton when Ron joined the Hunt-Wesson marketing group.
Carolyn's devotion to her family -- husband Ron, and her two children is a case study -- a strategy for living a worthwhile life. For those who knew her, their life was enhanced by her presence. Her given name is Carolyn, but she was known by several other names: she was Rosie to some high school friends, Susie to her mother, father and Ron, Nammy and Mimi to her grandchildren. She was also SueSue, and Sweet Thing, to Ron.
Blue eyes and auburn red hair defined a strikingly beautiful lady whose smile would light up a room. She was an accomplished pianist, gourmet cook, a fabulous hostess, and shared an interest with Ron in Native American art. She discovered a latent talent for interior design which became her career, as her children matured.
Always willing to go with the flow she approached life with a quiet elegance, adapting to whatever circumstances came her way, a condition resulting in her seven grandchildren becoming her full-time passion. Even while in the final stages of her life as she struggled with a vicious form of cancer she accepted her pending death with a quiet strength and dignity, giving comfort, and the same encouraging words her grandchildren had come to expect of her, as they gathered around her when it became apparent the time had come to say goodbye.
Now, speaking as her husband, we know that life will one day end. We just don't know when. Or how much it's going to hurt when the love of your life from the day you met her, truly met her, is taken from you.
Susie, you were, and are, the girl of my dreams. Your memory is so clear I feel your presence all around me. In my thoughts I see you smile, and feel you watching me from somewhere close by. You are my one love. My only love. And you will always be.
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