SUSAN R. COMEAU-NGUYEN
4/8/71 - 11/27/2012
Susan R. Comeau-Nguyen, age 41, peacefully slipped into eternal life on November 27, 2012. She bravely fought a three year battle with cancer with faith, courage, and determination to overcome. She died at home, surrounded by her family who with joy and tears released her into the arms of God. We are thankful that Susan can now R.I.P - “Rejoice in Paradise” for eternity.
Susan was born in Fairfield, Maine, on April 8, 1971 to Paul and Rebecca Comeau. She attended schools in Maine and Texas, and graduated from Belfast (Maine) Area High School in 1989. After a time of traveling and working, she found herself in Colorado Springs where she graduated from the University of Colorado Springs with a Masters in Community Counseling. She established a counseling practice in which she applied her talents and compassion assisting people to overcome the fears and sorrows that held them back. She took particular satisfaction in mastering Spanish and being able to assist clients who spoke that language. Susan was an alumna of Pathways Core Training and derived much satisfaction from that program and the people she encountered through that experience. Right up until her final moments, she was actively working by arranging for immigration paperwork and soliciting Christmas presents for a disadvantaged family. She was a constant advocate for the disenfranchised, the victim, and the hurting. Along the way, she enjoyed living or traveling to Iceland, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and home to Maine as often as possible. Susan had a thirst for life, a positive attitude, and an unstoppable joy of living that rubbed off on everyone who came in contact with her.Susan is survived by her husband, Huy Nguyen of Colorado Springs, and her beloved son, Tan Michael Paul Nguyen, age 3. She is also survived by her parents of Colorado Springs and Florida; sister, Tracey Rich and husband Joe, and soon-to-be-born niece Rebecca Ann of Auburn, Maine; her brother, Scott Comeau of Manchester, New Hampshire; maternal grandparents, Paul and Lucille Audet of Sidney, Maine; maternal aunts and uncles, and many cousins. She was predeceased by her grandmother, Elaine Comeau, and beloved uncle, Michael Comeau. It would be impossible to list the innumerable people that considered Susan a true and constant friend. Susan was a self-avowed “people collector” and once that relationship was established, it remained for life. One of the “blessings” of her cancer diagnosis and treatments, she said, were the many new friends that came into her life. She was a friend, confidant, and counselor to many and her wisdom and love will be missed.
The family would like to extend our appreciation to Dr. Carmen Matei and her associates, as well as the entire staff of Rocky Mountain Cancer Center for their caring and compassionate expertise.In keeping with Susan’s wishes and in lieu of flowers, accounts have been established with several Microloan foundations in Susan’s name. Microloans are small loans given to selected entrepreneurs in impoverished nations to assist them in financing their plan for ending the cycle of poverty and having a better life. When the small loans are repaid, the funds are then loaned to others. In this way, Susan’s legacy of helping will live on indefinitely all over the world and help hard-working people achieve freedom from hunger and want. Memorial gifts may be directed to Rebecca Comeau, 4801 Daybreak Circle S, Colorado Springs, 80917, these funds will be applied to the “Susan R. Comeau-Nguyen Freedom Fund” through Kiva or Zidisha. For more information on the impact of microloans, please see www.Zidisha.org.
Susan asked that no services be held. Instead, friends and family are encouraged to spend an hour or more ‘paying it forward’ and doing an extravagantly generous act of kindness or service either intentional or random for someone in need, whether stranger or friend. Please let us know how these acts blessed someone so we can detail the results on Susan’s blog and inspire others to live and give sacrificially as Susan did. The blog address is www.ourjourneytogether-susan.blogspot.com.