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“Susan moved onto my street when we were in the fifth grade and we were best friends immediately and forever more. We had so many good times together...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Susanne Werner - Wilmington, NC

“I was blessed to meet Susan at Cap Homme in Palm Desert, walking our dogs and sharing conversations and getting to know each other. She always had a...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kathy Madison - LINCOLN, MA

“I was lucky to get to know Susan as part of our morning dog walking group. I first met her when she was walking with Louie and then later when she...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Lynn Woodley - Palm Desert, CA

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Susan. We will forever be connected with her adoption of my rescue dog "Emma" from Thailand. I find...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Joy Huss - Indianapolis, IN

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Susan Harmon. She was such a gentle soul. I recall her Jane Fonda good looks, her kind words, and her genuine...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Chuck Chokenea - Hudson, OH

“Susan's life long friendships stretched back well before her high school years. The Harmon and Engel families became friends while neighbors in...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Dan Engel - San Rafael, CA

“Loved you Susan! Never forget the turkey chili for the bike club parties! I will never forget you! ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joyce Baker - Rochestet, NY


Susan Ann Hamon passed away under hospice care in Rancho Mirage, California on Tuesday, July 7,
2020 after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over 6 years. She resided in Palm Desert, CA with her
long time companion, Earl Hecksher who survives her.
Susan's surviving family includes her brother John, his wife Clara, who reside in Shelton Ct, and her two
nieces, Anna and Gail, who reside in Maplewood and Jersey City NJ. with their husbands, Michael
Maxwell and Shawn Dollinger. She was particularly devoted to her grand nieces – Grace and Rose
Maxwell . She was preceded in death by her parents – Al and Jean Harmon of Elyria, Ohio and by her
sister, Deborah, in Bay Village, Ohio.
Susan was born in Cleveland Ohio on July 24, 1947. She graduated from Elyria High School in 1965 and
from Wittenberg University in 1970 with a degree in English Literature. She settled in the Bay Area,
California as a data base consultant. In 1990 She published a book on the uses of DataEase, an early
Relational Database that preceded Microsoft's Access. In 1996, she moved to Palm Desert to be with
Earl.
Susan had many lifetime friends from as far back as high school. Susan loved dogs, who were her
constant companions. She loved the outdoors: She was an avid mountain biker; a cyclist participating in
many cycling events; she loved hiking. She was particularly skilled at photographing wild birds, the
results of which appeared on her web site and which she shared with family and friends through post
cards and gifts at holiday times.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals: secure.aspca.org/donate.