Susan Kay Hendrix, age 58, of Malvern, Iowa, passed away December 19, 2009, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

She was born December 2, 1951, in Oelwein, Iowa, to James G. and Gertrude (Cunard) Rolf.

Susan is survived by her husband, Mike Smith; sons, Steve and Susan Hendrix, Derek Hendrix and Matt Hendrix; grandchildren, Tyler Hendrix, Steven Hendrix, Brooke Pepperling, Justin Pepperling and Paxton Hendrix; brothers, Mike Rolf, Jim and Lona Rolf; stepfather, Marty Teague; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Maher-Livingston Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday, 10 a.m., at First Nazarene Church, 2600 Avenue A. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Missouri Valley, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family.

Published in The Daily Nonpareil on 12/22/2009

Comments from Jackie Jensen:

Susie was very well known and remembered for her continuous smile and gentle spirit.  In her life, she was blessed with a close loving family.  Mike and Jimmy-- we called them her book ends, and parents, Jim and “Mom” as we called her as she was mom to all of Susie’s friends as well.  If you knew Susie’s family growing up, you knew what welcome felt like.  She was a blessing and a true testament of how love works in life.  No matter what, Susie smiled. Her gifts in life were the ones who loved her back.  Big Brother Mike who she always looked up to for everything, Jimmy who guaranteed the laughter was always there,  Matt, Derek, and Steve who kept her the kid she was as she stayed active as a momma…..and three grandsons, Tyler, Steven, and Paxton who assured there was always somebody to hug.  Her youngest son Matt was with her the day she passed away.  Deservingly so, she spent the last 10 years of her life with her true soul mate, Mike.  Fondest memories of Susie, as remembered by Big Brother Mike were her smile and the always “I love you” at the beginning and end of each conversation.  This lady was pure Grace and Dignity in its truest form.  I loved her so much