Susan Kay (Slick)
(1945 - 2010)

Susan Kay (Slick)
Nickname: Sue

United States of America
March 11, 1945

FL, United States of America
August 29, 2010

family, art, the medical field, gardening, caring for animals, birds, volunteering, interior design, cooking, photography, reading the bible and Penn State football
Whether you called her Susan, Sue, Mom, Grandma Kay, or Gamma; you knew that she brought light, laughter and love to life.

Susan Lee Slick was born March 11, 1945 to Edward and Eleanor Slick. Sue was raised, with her sister Patti, in the small town of Warren, PA. She met her life long love at the age of 17, Mickey Kay (who was just 15 at the time), in Warren. Sue attended Penn State University and became a Nittany Lion for life. Then moved to West Virginia, where Mickey was in his Sr. year of college, to get her Masters degree from West Virginia University.

On December 28, 1968 Mickey and Sue got married. In the summer of '69, the newlyweds moved to New Jersey to start their careers and their family.

Sue enjoyed a 40 year career as a rehabilitation case manager in both NJ and FL. After retirement, Sue continued to show a passion for her work by volunteering for Craig Hospital in Denver, one of the top ten rehabilitation hospitals in the US for brain and spinal cord injuries.

Her children, Marla and Jeff were raised in Red Bank, New Jersey for most of their lives. After the kids moved to Colorado for college, Sue and Mickey relocated to Delray Beach, FL. They lived there for 14 years before relocating to Colorado to be near their growing family. Marla and husband Andrew Peragallo have two boys, Ryan and Tyler; and Jeff with wife Larkin have a girl, Ella.

Sue, Mickey and their beloved KC, were in the midst of establishing their life in Colorado, enjoying their grandchildren, volunteering and experiencing new adventures through travel. This summer Mickey and Sue traveled to Steamboat to hike, Seattle to see whales, and NJ and FL to visit friends and family. On her last trip to FL, Sue was killed by a drunk driver on I-95 at 7:30 am on Saturday, August 28.

As an organ donor, Sue continues to give life to others through this generous gift. A memorial celebration of Sue's life will be held in Colorado on Saturday, October 2.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, children, grandchildren, sister, extended families and many, many dear friends. We all have stories that tell of the extraordinary life Sue led and the light and love she brought to each one of us. Please use this forum to share, remember and celebrate Sue.

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I did not know Susan but I too have been affected by her passing, I was a witness to her fatal accident that awful August morning. We were almost hit by the drunk driver as well and will never forget that day or her. When she was air lifted away we were told she was probably going to make it and I said thank god!
So to keep searching for ANY information on her status on Martin County websites and finding out she did not make it, broke our hearts. Just left the Courthouse to give another statement on everything we saw that morning and I'm praying that the driver gets what he deserves and the maximum sentence eventually. We had the pleasure of meeting her sweet husband Mickey and my heart goes out to him, especially after reading he has been with Susan since he was 15 and her 17! It reminds me of myself and my boyfriend Rick who was also a witness with me that morning. I was 13 and he was 16 when we fell in love and we hope to be just like Susan & Mickey in love till the end. I'd like to offer my thoughts and prayers to the whole family, especially her husband, kids and grandkids. As well as keep offering ANY help in the case and continuing to show up to any meetings with the state attorney Etc. R.I.P to Susan, I'm sure she's walking the streets of gold in heaven :)
Jennifer A. (Witness)
January 28th, 2011

I always counted my blessings that you put me on your list of “things to do” list. I hope you knew how much I looked forward to your visits. Along with the chit-chat, we settled some interesting problems like politics & religion. Only on a few debatable point did I smile inside when I knew you agreed out of “respect for your elders.” This ‘ole aunt doted on every visit, phone call, beautiful of funny card, pics, notes, etc., etc. Seems you life reeled around pleasing others. Yes, you were beautiful inside and out. Why didn’t I tell you these things face to face? Good question. I guess just saying, “love ya” was supposed to say it all. Well, I did send some cards with someone else’s words saying exactly what was in my heart. Hope you “got it.” I’m sure you did.

I am thanking God for you wonderful life on this earth. I’m so happy you were blessed with good health, your soul mate in Mickey, children & grands too. You in turn blessed the lives of countless others – family, friends, strangers, animals…including the unloveables in all categories! We know not why all this had to stop. Perhaps now you have found the answer? I wonder? Well, I don’t wonder that you are living the rewards for being the child God wanted you to be.

Hey Sue, guess it’s soon my turn to visit you? Meet me at the Gate? ‘Til we meet again, you’ll be here in my heart.

Love ‘ya,
Aunt Honey
Aunt Honey (Aunt)
October 25th, 2010
Sue was one of my few real American friends (I am dutch). In 1999 we met through work, I had just moved to Florida and didn't know anybody. We shared already the love of taking care of people by profession, I was very happy to share much more with Sue.

Sue was always interested in my culture, my way of thinking, where I came from and she helped me understand the American culture. Our husbands were often outside the country for work and we would meet regularly to have dinner together, share how to fix the problems in the house ourselves, talking about taking care of our parents, share what was going on in our lives and laugh a lot.

I wanted to get to know more people and thought it would be a good idea to take some kind of course/activity. Since both Sue and I don't like to pay too much, we decided to take a course belly dancing at the community center. Very funny because we found out we were both more gymnastic people and we both did not have any feelings for moving in a gracious manner. We also didn't have a belly, but we had a lot of fun. We decided that our husbands probably would get along and at times we went out with the four of us. Always fun.

Sue and I discussed what we wanted to do in the future, she was thinking about retirement, getting a place in CO, I was going on a trip with my husband through Latin America and after that the plan was to move back to Europe. Sue gave us a medical aid kit for our trip, like I read in the stories she was always thinking about safety and caring. I still have the kit, and it has since been going with me on every trip. My husband became very ill during the trip although we made it back to the States, he passed away. Sue was there for me, from the moment I came back from the trip. She would leave a box with a bottle of wine and some cheese in front of my door, if I was not at home and she was checking up on me. She made time to have lunch with me, go out for dinner, was sad together with me and helped me to find my way again in life. She was happy for me and with me when I got a new boy friend, and she (and Mickey) were very welcoming towards him.

Sue moved to CO and I moved back to the Netherlands. When we were together in Florida we would meet, we kept in touch very much. I never met Marla, Jeff or the grandkids, but it is almost as if I do know them. Sue sent pictures, I heard the stories, she really loved being a grandma and enjoyed the grandkids a lot. She was soo proud of Jeff, Marla and the grandkids. KC always got his turn in the e-mails as well and there was always interest for my cats.

When I got an e-mail from Mickey asking if this still my correct e-mail address, I was excited. I had moved to Curacao in the meantime and Sue really wanted to come and visit. I thought that Mickey was going to get tickets as a surprise for Sue. It never crossed my mind that anything could happen with Sue, she was a like a rock. What terrible sad news Mickey had to to tell me in the second mail: Sue got killed by a drunk driver.

It took me a while to put some words on paper. I just could not believe my good friend was gone. Life is not fair, maybe she was necessary somewhere else, but I prefer to have her here, in this world. She still had so many plans, she loved to be a grandma, finally time to take up this role very seriously. Time to travel with Mickey and enjoy time together and see the world. Why didn’t she get this time? We won’t get the answer, we will have to deal with the facts.

Many thanks for putting up this web-site. The sadness about Sue’s leaving shared by many people gave me a little strength dealing with her passing. Sue, a true friend, I will miss you soo much!
Ingrid van 't Hof (friend)
October 19th, 2010
I first met Sue and Mickey in 2002 or 2003 at a home bible study in my house in south Florida. Our church was studying Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life." The weekly bible study lived-on, past the book study, and I can say that we all got to know each other fairly well over the couple of years that we were together. Though different in many ways, our group members grew in knowledge and in faith- learning from each other as well as scripture. Sue explored the issues of personal faith boldly and honestly. I was impressed with her keen mind and liked to hear her thoughts. I think that Sue's way of coming to the Lord delighted Him. She was focused and determined and, in the end, she was satisfied, having found her "pearl of great price." During the life of our bible study, we walked through some of life's trials together, and I was honored to see Sue's heart.

One time, Sue reached out in a concrete way to help a member of the group who had fallen on hard times and was temporarily homeless. She and Mickey let this person stay in their vacant condo until other housing could be found. Not many people would do that. But Sue had a heart for the hurting, and she made a practice of giving a hand up to those in need. Sue did more in this case, giving practical advice, encouragement, and a stern talking to (rightly so) when needed. I loved that about Sue. She was strong and yet had a soft, caring heart. She is my role model, for I seek to be those things.

Sue and Mickey were the perfect couple- ideally suited and still in love enjoying each other's company so much. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Sue was clearly devoted to her grandchildren. She was so excited about moving into the next phase of her life of spending more time with them in Colorado.

Sue's leaving this earthly place is a great loss for all of us because through her, goodness spilled out. It was compelling and attractive, and we want more. Sue was being prepared for something more. She was sealed with a promise,and now it is hers.
Clare Ferner (south FL friend)
September 26th, 2010
Sue and I met at Bible Study and our spiritual and natural friendship began. We had such plans together. We were going to have a playdate with Ella and my grandaughter Maggie...we looked forward to having dinners with our husbands...I invited her to art class and we painted together...we were planning to take walks together...our long lasting friendship had begun. Instant bond! I feel robbed and yet I am rich for having known my special friend Sue. She will be in my heart until we meet again. I will take the blessedness of Sue and pass her forward. My sincere prayers and thoughts are with the Kay family. God Bless You

Carrie Jankowski
Carrie Jankowski (Friend)
September 23rd, 2010
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"All of our love to you, Mommy Kay. Your love lives on in your beautiful family."
Brandy Garbaccio
September 30th, 2010
"Mickey and family, please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you - The Barba Family"
Mike Barba
September 23rd, 2010
"Thanks Grandma for always taking such good care of us dogs. You made the best dinners and treats and could groom and care for us with the best of em. I'll keep a close eye on Mr KC and we are taking fine care of him when he stays with us."
Reilly Kay
September 15th, 2010
"Everyday when I think about what happened, I shake my head in disbelief. I can't believe your are gone Mom. I'll miss you forever."
Jeff Kay
September 15th, 2010
"We didn't know Sue, but are good friends with Andrew's parents, Don and Carolyn Peragallo. We were so shocked and saddened to hear of such a tragic event. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are extended to all the family. Nancy and Bill Tripp"
Nancy Tripp
September 13th, 2010
"What can you say when you lose a good friend? Our hearts are broken - we will miss your sense of humor,and your continuous e-mails with pictures of your grandchildren and your "pooch". We have 40 years of memories! Know we are here for you Mick."
Sue & Doug Pierson
September 12th, 2010
"I never met Sue but knew Mickeys devotion to her. Since hearing of the dragedy we think of your pain daily. Zach & Rosa"
zach schulman
September 12th, 2010
"Sue, my best thoughts for a friend I did not get know well enough. Your love and kindness lives on and we miss you."
Mike Cahoon
September 10th, 2010
"I am touched by all the memories. Jeff is one of my best friends and my heart goes out to the Kay family and friends. I have very fond memories of Sue. She was a "cool" mom to us kids growing up. God bless."
Darren Powderly
September 9th, 2010
"Sue, you were a genuine confidant and friend. Your kindness and compassion towards family and friends was such a great example for us all. You will be so missed."
Elise Gale
September 7th, 2010


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