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Susan Gayle Diamond died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 11th. She is survived by her daughter, Brittany Thompson (Ben) and her beloved grandson Lucas; her brother, James Cohn of West Palm Beach, FL. Also left to cherish her memory is her close friend, Jan D. Brown.
Susan grew up in the Highlands and was a graduate of Atherton High School. During a summer trip to Colorado, she decided she wanted to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder and much to her mother’s chagrin, promptly enrolled and eventually graduated with a degree in Psychology. After graduation, she returned to Louisville and earned her Master’s Degree at University of Louisville. In her earlier years, she worked in the Jefferson County Child Protective Services Division.
Susan had many passions with travel, tennis, fine dining and painting, being favorites. She traveled extensively with her daughter, Brittany and with her other dear friends. The day before her illness, she was working on her next adventure, a trip to France.
She took up tennis later in life and just as in everything she did, she did it to excel and be the best. Her tennis skills were well known, having won club championships for several years. She continued to play and was recognized for her “craftiness” on the court. She was a masterful Gin player, as well as shooting a skilled game of Billiards. Losing at either was a major insult and resulted in a challenge for a rematch.
She loved good food as long as it was accompanied by a Cosmopolitan. Even during the pandemic, she carried stacks of Clorox wipes, bottles of Purell and tasteful mask.
A Celebration of Life for Susan will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 18th at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. In memory of Susan, memorial gifts may be made to the Home of the Innocents.