Susan K. Gillim of Sheridan, formerly of Noblesville and Indianapolis, died Dec. 24, 2012.
Her strength and determination to persevere left an indelible mark on those who knew her. To the very end, Susan never thought of herself but, rather what action could be taken to help others fighting breast cancer and ultimately to find a cure for cancer. Susan was tireless in her quest to raise money for local breast cancer organizations and gave her time freely for the cause. Whether Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sharon L. Bassett Foundation, Rock for the Cure, or her own organization — Partners in Pink — Susan understood that local organizations and individual efforts make a difference. Susan believed that, “It is not how much time you have on earth; it is what you do with the time you have.”
Gillim was an employee of Roche Diagnostics for 25 years, where she excelled in the areas of marketing, e-business, and web development. During her tenure at Roche, Susan received numerous accolades, service awards, and earned an MBA degree with honors. She deeply loved Roche and her family of co-workers. Susan believed that the opportunities and level of support she received from Roche is a testament to the character of the organization and its people — they are the best.
Susan is survived by her husband of 23 years, Parvin D. Gillim; her beloved sister, Terry Payton of Fishers; and her brother, Robert E. Payton (Rita) of Brandon, Miss.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin E. Payton and Anna M. Payton (Craney) of Indianapolis.
As Susan adored the Sheridan community, a service celebrating Susan’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St., Sheridan. Friends and family are invited to gather from 1 p.m. until time of service. Afterward, the celebration will continue at the Sheridan Community Center with an abundance of Susan’s favorite music, cakes and pies.
To continue the fight against breast cancer, donations can be made to Susan’s organization, “Partners in Pink,” at any location of The Farmers Bank (www.thefarmersbank.com). Donated funds will then be dispersed to the local cancer organizations with which she was involved.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.fisherfuneralservices.com.