Born Suzanne Crary in Sacramento, Ca. Attended Catholic School until High School and graduated from Rio Americana. She worked for a number of years at union grocery stores ending at Raleys market in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. She was a good skier and loved the Sierras. She then cycled the east coast of Australia and around both the New Zealand islands before moving to Santa Barbara in 1980. She then worked at Pierre LaFond/Wendy Foster for 13 years and made many new and close friends. She met and married Bruce McDonald and became a caring, loving and supportive mother to his children. Being adventurous, headstrong and with the knowledge of retail she opened up a women’s clothing store, with a financial partner, called Mosaic with Dargans Pub behind. When the partnership ended she then moved the store to State St. where Chipotle is now. After the 9/11/01 event she relocated her store to Main St. Ventura and did quite well until the 07-08 crash sent business down. For the final years of her life she worked at the Santa Barbara County Board of Education again making many new and close friends. During the four years during the Cancer struggle she continued to work, play tennis making new and close friends and have some great travel experiences. Having hosted students for many years she manages to maintain very close relationships with people from other countries.
She was fun. She was good. She was smart. She was kind. She was stubborn and self-assured but also honest.
Memorial will be held on March 2nd at 418 Santa Fe Place from 2:00 to 5:00pm.