Susan Mary Brady
(1978 - 2013)

Susan Mary Brady

Dublin, Ireland

July 9, 2013

This site is dedicated to Susan Mary Brady, 35, of Austin, who passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

She was born in Dublin, Ireland to Peter and Elizabeth Brady. Susan graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas in 1996 and received a BA from the University of North Texas in 2000.

Susan worked for multiple nonprofits in Austin, Ireland, and the Bay Area over the past 13 years. She was passionate about helping her many communities. Her work ranged from assisting refugees moving into a new country to helping the elderly with managing their healthcare benefits.

She loved to travel, spending time in many countries across the globe. However, her heart remained in Ireland, and she loved going back to visit family and friends.

Susan is survived by two children, Laura and Sophia. She was devoted to her children, and loved them with all her heart.

She is also survived by a large group of friends and family who love her very much.

Susan's Memorial was held on July 28, 2013 at the Amala Foundation in Austin, TX. The following words were read on Susan's behalf:

"When I imagine an ideal life for myself, it is one in which I allow myself to belong. This life would have me comfortable in my present reality, enough so that I would stop inspecting my existence from moment to moment to identify and correct certain fault or risk. I hope to exist in a state of faith rather than fear.

My grandmother, who was quite poor as a child and left school to work at age 12, maintained a practice of fear until her dying day. She, although having obtained a safe level of material comfort, still grabbed at anything she could stockpile to ward off the disaster/hunger I assume she imagined was chasing her. Into her late 80's, Nana was always stuffing her handbag full of extra bread or packets of jam from restaurants. I see myself trying to stockpile sources of emotional security or affirmation. In my ideal existence, I would not be a bag lady - I would be able to travel much more lightly through life because I could put the disaster preparedness kits in their proper place rather than carrying them around in each moment.

I see a tremendous amount of laughter, generosity of spirit, and assumption of good in my ideal state. I see a home where I can be a gardener/farmer; maintaining my connection with the earth and my ancestors - digging in the dirt brings me tremendous peace and a sense of rightness. It literally grounds me.

I see myself being able to stop pacing the proverbial perimeter and sit down, with the ability to relax enough that I can really be, and play, with my children. Somehow I already have amazing friends and lovely people in my life - I would nourish these relationships and make sure I was able to give them support and energy rather than drain/demand it from them. If I am to be in a partnership it would be one where we assumed the best about each others intentions and actions, laughed and drew upon/respected each others strengths and gladly acknowledged and willingly supplemented each others weaknesses."

Written by Susan Brady
October 2012

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Thinking of Susan on this day. What a great lady and a terrible loss.
Barrett Phelan (Friend)
July 12th, 2017
Thinking of you today Susan. There's so much I wish I knew. You are missed, deeply.
david cereto (old friend)
April 16th, 2016
Susan I will never forget the time we spent together in the Bay Area. You were a special part of my life. I miss you.
Dave Cereto (old friend)
November 18th, 2014
Susan, I am saddened to hear of your passing. We met whilst your were still living in the Bay Area. You impressed me as someone who was [and is] solid and stand-up. In reviewing some of the other posts I can definitely see that you have had a positive impact on others. May God bless your family and I hope you are resting peacefully.

Gerald Slaughter (Friend)
December 24th, 2013
Dear Susan,
You will always be inextricably associated with my happiest childhood memories. Reminiscing together years later about, for example, our fort of cushions in front of the tv, sitting on your garden wall throwing stones (a favorite of yours I recall!), mousetrap, the paddling pool etc. etc., was almost as fun. What a pleasure too, while reminiscing, to see what a generous, intelligent, beautiful person you’d become. What a sad day, today, to hear of your passing. I'll miss you.
My heartfelt condolences to your family.
Conor Breen (Your friend)
December 22nd, 2013
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"cant believe its nearly two year since your passing there is not a week passes that i dont think of you my darling susan love you pat your irish aunt"
patricia mcgeer
May 24th, 2015
"You will always be a powerful and inspiring strength in my life Susan. Thank You for your supportive and truthful friendship. I will always have your back."
Brent Wooley
July 19th, 2013
"In the short time we spent together you left a lasting impression on us with your grace, your strength, and your love. We are deeply saddened to know you have left this world, but hope you have found peace."
Carrie & Kyle
July 18th, 2013
"Susan, I am so sad and shocked to hear about your passing. I will miss you, I was honored to know you. Better person because you were in my life. Love, Annsley"
Annsley Popov
July 16th, 2013
"Susan, your beautiful smile, genuine spirit, and sweet soul will stay deep in my heart. May you rest in grace and peace."
Peggy Bradley (Andrew's mom)
July 16th, 2013
"Susan, You were like a sister to me and I am so thankful for all the sacred times we shared together. You are such a blessing and are in my heart always. I love you. Keep shining bright beautiful angel. Te amo, Sabre"
Sabre Duren
July 15th, 2013
"We love you Susan, and are so sad right now. I miss you bunches and will remember you always. Love, Amity, Jason, John, Luke, Andrew and Daniel"
Amity Garwood
July 13th, 2013
"Your death is so sad Susan, it is a reminder to everyone to stay close to those who love them and who give them strength."
Gerard Brady and Thao
July 13th, 2013
"I love you Susan. You will always be with me, I feel so blessed to have you in my life and to know one day we will meet again. Friends forever. Sleep sweet"
Brandon Dawson
July 13th, 2013
"You will always be in my heart.....hopefully you are at peace now. Big Hugs to you. Love Terry & family xxx"
Terry Brady
July 13th, 2013


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