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HARVARD — Susan Marjorie Hildreth, 65, known as Sue to friends and family, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 at Heywood Hospital after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Sue was born on Sept. 3, 1944 in Boston to Edwin and Kathryn (Savage) Hildreth. She was the eldest of three daughters, her sisters being Virginia Hildreth, of Smithville, Tex. and Mary Lu Hildreth, of Harvard.

Sue’s passion was the arts. She graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, and throughout her life pursued this passion by way of acting, directing, dancing, encouraging others in the field, and, of course, as a patron. Although Sue earned her living through the less creative side of her brain, in accounting, she always chose to work for non-profits that serviced others. Sue was educated at California State University, Northridge where she met Geraldine Chambliss, of Oak Park, Calif., her lifelong best friend and third “sister.”

Although born in Boston, Sue went on to live in many places in her life: Cambridge, Wakefield, Framingham, Cranston, R.I., New York City, Southern California and finally Harvard, where, if truth be told, she returned to be with her beloved grandson, Nicholas, and granddaughter, Sabrina.

She was an amazing Granny, who encouraged and supported her grandchildren in all of their interests, and made sure they knew they were loved. Sue had many hobbies and interests such as traveling, visiting museums, enjoying music of all genres, and of course, reading as many good mystery novels as she could.

Sue is survived by her only child, her beloved son, Johnathan and his wife Kimberly, along with their two children, Nicholas, 16, and Sabrina, 14. She also leaves her loving sisters, Virginia and Mary Lu, as well as her adored and adoring nephew, Dylan Hildreth Hoffman, of New York City. Sue was blessed with a wonderful extended family of cousins that are scattered from one coast to the other, as well as some across the “pond.” As for friends, Sue had many from all of her various interests and activities. Outgoing, gregarious and larger than life, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of her life will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer, on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. There will be a reception that follows that is open to all. Flowers are welcome and may be sent to St. Andrews to add to the celebration, or if preferred, donations may be made to the Heywood Hospital Oncology Unit, www.heywood.org, where Sue felt truly embraced and deeply cared for by the entire staff.