MOUNT VERNON — Susan Jean Riffle entered into the joy of her Lord on Saturday morning, July 21, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital.
She was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Mount Vernon to Vivian (Parker) Riffle and the late Dr. Denver E. Riffle. Susan graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in 1980 with a B.A. in Communications and from Appalachian State University in 1984 with an M.A. in Developmental Education. She had been an Instructor of English at Mount Vernon Nazarene College and Mount Vernon Bible College. She devoted 25 years to the Mount Vernon City School District positively impacting the lives of many students as an Intervention Specialist and most recently as a Special Education Teacher at the middle school.
Susan’s purpose and passion in life was to serve Jesus and to be his hands and feet to a world in need. She faithfully served many years in bus ministry, Bible schools and many other areas of community outreach. Her humble, servant’s heart led others to name her as a recipient of the “Service Above Self” award from MVNC faculty; the President’s Medallion Award from MVNC alumni and a Distinguished Service award from the general Church of the Nazarene. She was most recently a very active member of Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.
In addition to her mother, Susan is survived by her brothers, Dr. Dana C. (Nita) Riffle and Dr. Douglas W. (Kim) Riffle of Mount Vernon; a sister, Denise E. Riffle of Mount Vernon; nieces, Danae, Darcie and Dalayna Riffle; and nephews, Dylan, Samuel and Spencer Riffle, all of Mount Vernon.
In addition to her father, Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Ama Riffle and William and Pearl Parker.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. in Jacksontown Cemetery near Newark.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene children’s department.
Private expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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