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Susan Parker

“Safe in the arms of Jesus “

“Safe in the arms of Jesus “

Sue was born in Birmingham in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation. She lived in Northfield in Birmingham until she was 40. It was by the farms then, but now it is built up. It has become more dangerous since Sue moved away!

Sue’s parents were Muriel Florence and Joseph and Rosalind was her younger sister.She was brought up for a while in the Salvation Army but they closed and it was 12 miles into the city, so it was too far to go. Sue’s dad died when she was 27.

Sue left school in 1968. She loved her days as a hippy, but was a hippy without the drugs, flowers and the skirts. When Sue left school it went from a secondary modern to a comprehensive. At that time girls didn’t do trigonometry but sewing was taught. One time in class Sue was working hard on square roots and the teacher said, “I’ve been giggling at you, there’s a button on your calculator that does all that!, One time when Sue was having driving lessons, the instructor asked her what the sign was that they had just passed, and Sue replied, ‘Potatoes £1 a bag’.

She trained as a florist college and in a shop and got all the City and Guilds Certificates and a Florist’s diploma. Sue was a Florist for most of her life.

Sue lived at home till her marriage in 1972, when she was 18. She had Craig at 20.Chris was born in 1974, Nicole in 1990 and Alan in 1994. She married twice and moved to Crewe with her second husband in 1993.

Sue deeply loved her grandchildren, Freya, Joseph, CobyJai and Dylan.

Sue had her own business on Crewe market and also at age 50 went back to Dane Bank College to do G.C.S.E English Literature, History, Maths and Computers. She lived on Catherine Street at that time, Which is where we first got to know the family. Nicole was doing the same history course as her mum!

Sue said a seed was planted when she was in Catherine Street and God had plans for them. Then 3 years ago, Sue had been saying she wanted to go to church and was asking,”Where are Phil and Emma?” She spoke to Chris at CAP and he told her about Hope Church. One Sunday she decided to go, Nicole came too and never l0oked back.

The year before this, Sue was walking through Crewe during the Love Crewe mission week and someone offered to pray for her. She asked if they would pray for Nicole instead as She wasn’t able to have children. A year later she found Phil at the outreach table and said Nicole was having a baby and she knew it was God who had answered prayer.

A few weeks after Sue and Nicole first came to Hope Church. It was the Love Crewe mission in 2017.Sue felt urged to respond to the message that was preached about giving her life to Jesus. That night, She walked in on sticks and never used them again, until very recently. That same month Sue was given her diagnosis, that she had 3 months to live, that she wouldn’t see Dylan born in the September in 2017. She said, “I don’t know how anyone could get through this sort of thing without God in your life”.

The past 3 years have been ‘totally amazing’, Sue’s words! The lung cancer was removed, even though that morning the surgeon said he wouldn’t do it. But he did and it wasn’t the cancer he thought. Sue had chemotherapy. At one point her platelet level was 81. 2 weeks later it had gone down to 19, so she had a transfusion and it only went up to 45, then dropped to 27. Then Sue asked for prayer and her level went up to 171!! She knew that God answered prayer and so many called her a miracle.

Sue was baptised on October 8th 2017 and the boys were also dedicated.


24 Condolences

  1. Graham Nalor on June 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Sue, you will be missed.Safe with Jesus, no pain. You leave a big hole. Love and prayers to the family at this sad time.

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  2. Benjamin Biddulph on June 15, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    A beautifully cheeky and witty character, 1 in 7 billion who was and remains a bright light to all who knew her, now shining that light from the heavens, not gone just waiting to see us all again

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  3. Debbie Le Goff on June 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Sue was a true light in this world, her faith shone through in everything she did or said. We will miss her dearly but we know that she now rests securely in Jesus’ embrace.

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  4. Hetaher King on June 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Sue was a real treasure. In the short time we knew her she taught us so much about life, embracing each day with such joy. We laughed and we cried. A determined, loveable mischievious soul that we will all miss!

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    • Heather King on June 15, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      I’ve spelt my name wrong!!!
      Heather King

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  5. Jilly Styles on June 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Sue will be sadly missed, I’ll never forget praying for her and Nicole in our Street Outreach. What a blessing she was, and such fun. I will miss her dearly, but am assured of meeting her again. She gave her life to Jesus, and now He holds her in His loving arms.

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  6. Sam Redmond on June 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Sue was quite simply the best! We were so privileged to have her in our church family for 3 years or so. She sang and praised her way through her illness sharing Jesus with anyone who would listen. She knew how to keep the faith through her struggles and taught us so much about persevering with joy. She was hilarious constantly making us laugh, telling us funny stories from her hospital visits. Somehow she got me to agree to camp with her this summer – on the condition she stayed with us till then. Sadly that’s not to be now. We will miss her so very much but we know she is dancing in heaven.

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  7. Ruth Griggs on June 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Sue was a treasure to get to know. She definitely was funny but she had determination to use her talents, her time and love to impact people around her. She was full of faith and stories of answered prayers encouraged the church congregation and bore witness to Jesus. She certainly knew Jesus and is now with Jesus.

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  8. Steve & Sharon Johnson on June 15, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Sue, we first knew you 23+years ago when you set up a group named ‘Stars’ for parents with special needs tot’s. It was great to become reacquainted when we joined Hope Church in Crewe.
    We feel privileged to have witnessed your huge courage, determination and faith and will sadly miss your great character.
    All pain and earthly struggles are over now as you rest safe in the loving arms of Jesus.
    We send our condolences and love to all the family at this sad time
    Steve snd Sharon X
    John 3:16

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  9. Michelle Brereton on June 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Sue, What a Woman! You were so strong no matter what you were dealing with, you always had a smile on your face, a funny story to share and a cheeky comment here and there. It was such a blessing to have got to know you and your amazing family.In such a short time it feels like we’ve known you forever. You are going to be sincerely missed but you’re now Jesus no longer suffering.
    In Gods arms you will now gently rest.
    Forever in out hearts and thoughts.
    You will be sadly missed
    Loads of love
    Michelle, Chloe, Charlotte and Lucy xx

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  10. Steve & Glenda Christner on June 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    We are going to miss you Sue! We loved your laughter and smile and the joy you brought to everyone! You were always an encouragement even when you faced such difficulties and pain. We learned so much from you and you will be dearly missed!

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  11. Rosalind on June 17, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Susan, my much loved ,lovely,caring,funny and sometimes crazy sister.Taken from us far, far too soon and suffered far, far too much. Always had a positive outlook even throughout your suffering and never gave up.
    Will and already are greatly missed and loved so much.No longer in pain, you have suffered so much, rest now.
    Love always
    Ros, Mick,Jane, Von,Anthony,Chris,Jake,Lauren,Lucy and Christopherxx

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  12. elaine and Alan on June 17, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Sue is a citizen of heaven where the Lord Jesus Christ lives, and we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our saviour. He will take her weak mortal body and change it into a glorious body like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. Phil. chp 3. vs 20/21

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  13. Jayne Harris on June 17, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Sue, you were and will remain a true inspiration. Faith lived out through adversity. It has been a privilege to know you. Your wonderful sense of humour and fun was infectious. Will So miss your lovely presence here; you are safe in the arms of Jesus.
    My condolences to all the family.

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  14. Phil and Emma Howell on June 18, 2020 at 7:31 am

    We are so blessed to have been part of your life of faith! We remember when we knew Sue and the family 15 years ago and to see how God has worked miracles in Sue’s life is humbling and moving. Her joy and laughter was infectious, her constant trust in the God who answers prayer was inspiring and the open heart she had to the God who loved her and saved her was a joy!
    We thank God for you Sue, we will miss your constant encouragement and smiling face and so much more. How glad we are that you are now with Jesus with no more suffering. We honour your life and love you.

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  15. Pauline Summerfield on June 18, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Dearest Sue, such a joy. Your testimony of all Jesus did for you is inspirational to keep faithful. I loved your humour and realistic outlook. You are missed. But to know you are now completely free with lovely Jesus is a precious thought. With all my love, Pauline xx

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  16. Steve Collins on June 18, 2020 at 7:50 am

    It was a privilege to know you Sue. You were arrive warrior. Always positive inspite of adversity. Always loving. I felt better every time I was in your presence. I will miss your conversations and your smile. I will look forward to the day I see you again in heaven. From all my family we send our love to yours and give praise and thanks for a race well run.

    Steve, Ruth, Harry Rebekah and Samuel Collins x

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  17. Anna on June 18, 2020 at 8:09 am

    She loved everyone she knew with every inch of her being, especially my brother Nathanael, who she called “my Nathanael”. She made such an impact on so many people’s hearts and she strived to tell anyone and everyone about the love of Jesus that she so personally knew. Now she’s safe in the embrace of the Lord and it brings us all immense joy and thanksgiving to remember and honour the most beautiful woman that Sue was.

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  18. Melanie Sinclair on June 18, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Such a special lady and an inspiration to us all, she fought so hard and never gave up. At peace now in the arms of Jesus, Mike, Mel and Natasha xx

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  19. Bennita & Collen on June 18, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Sue you very much missed, you will always be in our thoughts. We have seen you trusting God even in dark moments. In fact you never allow sickness to stop you to be in the presence of the Lord, 1 you will fight it and I have seen you winning time and time again. So blessed to have known you and I have learned so much from you. You fought a good fight of faith enjoy your rest in the saviour’s arms. Good night sweet lady, will see you In the morning 💝💐

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  20. Chris Coleman on June 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Sue , my Rock a Billy Buddy , gone but never forgotton . We laughed and sang along to those rock n roll songs on that strange cd in my car. Your smile lit up the dullest of days xx your love for Jesus shone , you are an inspiration to all who had the priveledge to call you friend , x lots of love and hugs xx ( what about that pimple 😁 )

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  21. Pat Cooke on June 18, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Beloved Sue
    Absent in the body but present with our LORD JESUS CHRIST. You fought a good fight of faith and now you are with the lover of our souls. I thank God for having allowed us to meet Sue. I keep thinking of the times we met at Starbucks, your laughter, your faith in Him, your hunger for His word; what a special lady. We love you Sue and are confident in knowing that we will see you one day in heaven and walk those streets of gold. Safe in the everlasting arms of THE ROCK OF AGES🙏🏽💜

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  22. oconnell on June 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Susan, my much loved ,lovely,caring,funny and sometimes crazy sister.Taken from us far, far too soon and suffered far, far too much. Always had a positive outlook even throughout your suffering and never gave up.
    Will and already are greatly missed and loved so much.No longer in pain, you have suffered so much, rest now.
    Love always
    Ros, Mick,Jane, Von, Anthony, Chris, Jake, Lauren, Lucy and Christopher xx

  23. Heather Blakemore on June 28, 2020 at 6:03 am

    Sue was such an inspirational lady, who had an amazing faith. She was filled with Jesus’s light and love, when we were at our lowest, she could always make us blessed. Sue you are a very special lady who came into our lives, leaving footprints on our hearts and we are better for those!
    Love from
    Heather, Shane and Harvey XX

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