Susan P. McGuire went home on December 31, 2022. She was born in 1947 to Evelyn and E. Allan Putnam. She leaves behind her husband, Russ Hamilton; sister, Joanne Welsh; brothers, Robert (Janet), William (Rose), Edward (Michelle); 11 nieces and nephews; 11 grand nieces and nephews; 5 great grand nieces and nephews.
Susan graduated from Burlington High School in Massachusetts. She was a cheerleader there because "I was the only what who could do cartwheels". She matriculated at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1969 and worked for the state of Massachusetts. Susan married Michael McGuire (hence her last name, which she liked better than Putnam) and divorced in 1973. She opened up a Hang-Gliding shop above a motorcycle repair shop run by Russ Hamilton. Susan then became a cook and spanned the U.S. cooking for the Girl Scouts, the Delta Queen Riverboat, summer camps in Hawaii, Key West and Carmel, CA. She finally settled in Grass Valley, CA as a cook and then office manager at Woolman School where she spent 30 years. She volunteered at KVMR Radio one or two days every week for 30 years as well. Russ entered her life again in 2005, and they were married in 2016.
Painter, Cook, Artist, Hang-Glider Pilot, Girl Scout, Runner, Swing Dancer, Taiko Drummer, and Wife. Susan had an unflagging zest for life. It rained the day she passed, as even the Heavens wept.
The McGuire/Hamilton family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.