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Susan Gardner Omer died Tuesday August 2, 2016 after a long, difficult battle with cancer with family by her side. Susan was the sole proprietor of "The Deal" on Baxter Avenue for almost 15 years, an eclectic shop that specialized in mid-century modern furniture and art, styles in which she developed an expertise and love for, and that adorned her own home. She had a devoted clientele that had an appreciation of her knowledge, sense of style and her wry sense of humor.
Susan was born at Norton Hospital in Louisville on Flag Day, June 14, 1954. She was a Louisville resident her entire life, and attended Emmet Field Elementary School in Crescent Hill, where she grew up. She went to Barrett Junior High and graduated from Atherton High School. She attended Georgetown College and took classes at the University of Louisville.
Susan worked as an ophthalmic technician both in a private practice and at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Louisville until her first of three bouts with cancer 15 years ago. She successfully battled through the diminishing effects of the first two cancers overcoming daunting odds.
Susan was herself a mid-century modern. She embraced her sexuality as a gay woman as a young adult, unafraid to come out at a time when it was not an easy decision to make and as a result was a mentor and inspiration for many of her friends and family.
She was an enthusiastic member of Highland Baptist Church for many years, a community that she felt at home in and that respected her unique talents. Susan loved many types of music from classical concerts of the Louisville Orchestra, to jazz and rock and roll and she loved to travel.
Susan was close to her family. She was preceded in death by her mother Eustacia Gardner Omer and is survived by her father Harold Grange Omer, brothers Tony (Susan Safford) and, Tim (Janet), her much loved aunt Alicia Gardner, nieces, Alex Glover (Mark) and children Cailin, Jaxon and Zander, Sarah Omer and daughter Clementine, and her nephew Clayton Omer (Ashley James).
The family would like to thank Dr. Staci Mandrola, the staff of the Nazareth Home and the Hosparus team for their exceptional care during her final months.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Highland Baptist Church.
A celebration to honor Susan will begin at Highland Baptist Church, 1101 Cherokee Rd. at 11am this Saturday, August 6, 2016 followed by a memorial service at 1pm.