Susan Kirkland

November 07, 1961 - January 28, 2018

Visitation: Wednesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

Service: Thursday noon at North Way Christian Community, 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA, 15090

Susan Lynn Kirkland, 56, of Cranberry Twp, PA, beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend peacefully joined our Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 28, 2018. She was a devoted wife of 30 years to husband Tim Kirkland, a nurturing, loving mother to her daughterShelby Kirkland, and was well-known and cherished by many.

Life began for Susan on Nov. 7, 1961 in Indianapolis, IN, where she was one of three children of Jane and JD Jones. She had a wonderful childhood with her older brother, Keith, and younger sister, Sandy, spent in Chattanooga, TN and Bloomingdale, OH.

A graduate of Wintersville High School and Jefferson Technical College, Sue stayed close to home as a young adult before moving to Richmond, VA and marrying husband Tim (of Wintersville, OH) in 1988. Shortly after, they returned to the Pittsburgh area and gave birth to their daughter, Shelby, in 1991.

Sue was known by many in the Cranberry community through involvement in Shelby’s cheerleading squads and softball teams. Sue’s greatest joy was supporting Shelby in her various endeavors and goals, and made many friends in doing so.

Sue enjoyed sitting outside in the sun, whether it was with her toes in the water at the beach, simply reading a book, or watching Shelby play ball. She was a country music fan and took pleasure in going to concerts with Shelby. Her family, both immediate and extended, was very important to her and she loved spending time together during family reunion vacations. She was blessed with many great friendships, including those of neighbors Amy and Jay D’Ambrosio and family and June and Dan Resetarits and family. She also enjoyed many special friendships made through her long-term employment at the Magisterial District Court of Cranberry Township and Kirkland’s.

Sue always had a great attitude with such a positive outlook on life. Her final days were spent smiling, surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Tim, daughter, Shelby (Cranberry Twp, PA), parents Jane and JD Jones (Bloomingdale, OH), sister Sandy Jones Morris(Knoxville, TN), brother Keith (Nancy) Jones (Phoenix, AZ), mother-in-law Judy Kirkland (Richmond, OH), sister-in-law Debbie (Bob) Grimes (Richmond, OH), niece Katie Jones (Phoenix, AZ), nephews John Jones (Phoenix, AZ) and Ian Morris (Knoxville, TN), as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by grandparents Edna and Arlin Evans, Louise and William Maack, and John M. Jones; father-in-law Earl Kirkland and brother-in-law Earl Kirkland, Jr.

A special thank you to all who supported Susan and family throughout her courageous battle with brain cancer.

Friends will be received from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Rd, Cranberry Twp, PA, 16066. A Celebration of Life Service for Susan will be held at 12 pm on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at North Way Christian Community, 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA, 15090.

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  • Sandy Oliver and Kaitlin Oliver McCarty

    No words can express the sorrow I feel in my heart for Tim and Shelby. I only learned recently of Sue’s illness and for me, her sudden death. Even though Sue and I only knew each other through our girls playing softball together and an occasional Kirkland’s visit, Sue was the most caring, kind, nonjudgmental, genuine and thoughtful person I had met. Even with my cancer diagnosis 15 years ago, every time I saw Sue, she always asked “how are you doing?” If anything was ever bothering her or if she was going through a struggle, you never knew it, because she was only concerned with whom she was talking to. God has her in heaven with Him now – cause only special Angels can sit at His right side. Prayers are with you, Tim and Shelby.

  • Roger Collins

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry I was unable to pay my respect to Susan, her husband and her family.
    My God bless her soul and comfort you all.

  • Susan Shanks

    I am Sandy’s neighbor and friend. Susan was a beautiful lady with a gorgeous smile. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  • Mary Ann Acton

    We were so saddened to learn of Sue’s passing, I think back with such fond memories of softball games when Sue was always a smiling, friendly face. She will be remembered for her kindness and helpfulness, and will be greatly missed by many. Condolences to her family and we send our deepest sympathy to Tim and Shelby.

  • Bob McClain

    Tim & Shelby,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. This really hits home especially being neighbors in Cranberry.

  • Diane and Jack Nelson

    Sandy and Ian were our neighbors when Ian was about 2 years old, and we have remained friends since then. Aunt Susan (or sister Susan) was one I knew only briefly but felt that we knew her through Sandy and Ian. I know how much she meant to the family and how difficult this time has been, but through it all Susan’s personality continued to shine. She will be greatly missed but always remembered for the person she was. Jack and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family for this great loss.

  • Henry Spicer

    I knew Susan from junior and senior high school as we were in the same graduating class. She had a great dry sense of humor and was a friend to anybody who met here. I truly can say that I never heard a negative word about her ever. My condolences go out to her entire family and to my old teammate Tim. God Bless the Kirkland family in this challenging time.


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