Susan Louise Kiley
09/15/1955 - 08/06/2022
Obituary For Susan Louise Kiley
Susan Rayburn Kiley 9/15/55- 8/6/22
Susan Kiley, 66, succumbed to COVID, on Saturday, August 6, 2022, ending a ten-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA),a brutal debilitating neurodegenerative disease that she faced with resolute strength, inspiring courage and her hallmark good humor. Her unwavering pleasantness and politeness reinforced her many caregivers and her family. She is survived by her daughter Madeline Kiley and partner Michael Yeaney; her
brothers Lee and Charles Rayburn; her niece and nephew Nicole and John Rayburn and her cousins, Doug, Art and Tim Richards. She is also survived by Pat Kiley. Susan's whole life creates a beautiful mosaic of quiet, high-level achievement; faith lived without fanfare and deep caring for family and selected friends. She grew up in Oak Ridge Tennessee, where her father, Dr Louis Rayburn, was a nuclear physicist on staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before moving the family to Arlington, Texas to head the physics department at the University of Texas campus there, Susan finished high school and received a Bachelor of Science from UT : in Arlington, Texas. She joined the tri-institutional complex of St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital and The Texas Heart Institute in Houston, as a patient educator after receiving a master's degree in health education from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. She
progressed to Senior Vice President of Managed Care, after gaining an MBA by attending evening classes at the University of Houston. She served on
the Board of Directors of St Luke's Episcopal Hospital Sugar Land. She was also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She was the epitome of the friendly, focused, competent executive. She was a high achiever whose quiet nature had lasting impact on all who knew her well. She embodied legendary physicist Stephen Hawking's powerful quote, “Sometimes quiet people have the loudest minds." The family thanks the care teams at Brookdale Sugarland and Houston Hospice and Dr Paul Schulz and his group of Neurologists at the University of Texas Houston and suggests that contributions be directed to his research fund as follows: Please make the check to: UT Health Houston and note in the memo or by separate note: For Dr Schulz's research fund. And mail to: UT Health Houston, PO BOX 20268, Houston, TX 77025-9998, or donate online, https://giving.uth.edu/donate and under the heading “Or Search Funds Here', select Dr. Paul Schulz's Research Fund. A small celebration of her remarkable life , in accordance her wishes, i will be held in the future.