Paula Sue "Susie" (Adams) Caldwell

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paula Sue "Susie" (Adams) Caldwell, 59 of Nevada, Mo., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family after her courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Sept. 10, 1954, in Kansas City, Mo., she was the daughter of Kenneth Adams of Nevada, Mo., and the late Thelma Adams.

Susie was a lifetime resident of Nevada, attended Nevada High School, and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nevada.

On July 18, 1970, Susie married Terry Wayne Caldwell. Susie and her husband worked side-by-side as owner/operators of a vending route for the past 39 years. She loved working the many routes with Terry in Nevada and the surrounding areas and she enjoyed meeting new people along the way. When she wasn't at work she loved spending time with her horses. Susie found the most fulfilling and precious moments spent with her grandchildren, whom she fondly referred to as "the lights of my life." She was a generous caregiver to many over the years, always had a smile on her face (regardless of the circumstances), and lived her life with the philosophy of "no matter what you're faced with, live each day to the fullest."

Survivors include her husband, Terry Caldwell, of the home; three children, Marty Caldwell and wife, Sandy, of Nevada, Misty Shepherd and husband, Curtis, of Diamond, Mo., and Mendy Legleiter and husband, Leon, of Wake Forrest, N.C.; five grandchildren, Kelsey Caldwell, Triston Shepherd, Tori Shepherd, Riley Legleiter, and Reese Legleiter; and her father, Kenneth Adams, of Nevada. Extended surviving family include numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Susie was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., today, at the United Methodist Church in Nevada with the Rev. Linda Pagel officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Susie will be laid to rest at Newton Burial Park, Nevada, following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vernon County Cancer Relief or the United Methodist Church in Nevada in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank neighbors, family, and friends for the generous outpouring of love, the countless prayers, and selfless generosity that was shown to them over the past several weeks. A special thank you to the doctors and their staff that cared for Susie.