Sue 'Susie' Creswell Walling

Profile Updated: December 7, 2021
Class of 1956
Residing In: Mesa, AZ USA
Children, Grandchildren: Bob born 1959, Sam Jr born 1961, Tom born 1963, Sarah born 1970- grands - Scott born 1989, Jon born More…1989, Michelle born 1992, Ted born 1993, Christopher born 1995 - great grands - Zane Walling 2015, Tyler Holman 2017, and Alexandria Holman 2021.
Occupation title: Mother X's 4, Navy/aerospace wife 33 yrs., retired R.E., Antique shop owner, volunteer, gardner.
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

1990's - bought houses in CO - fixed them up and sold them.

2000 - Moved to Gilbert, AZ and bought more house to fix up and sell.
2003 Moved to Mesa, Az. -started the 2nd hand shop that supports Sunshine Acres -home for abused and abandoned children. (80+ children)

Still have Lost & Found Antiques, but it's a lot smaller. Loving the art collecting & researching part ! Volunteer for the Mesa, Police Dept. Finished my taxes !!!!!!:) :)

2021 - Retired. still live in Mesa, AZ - gardener, hit the garage sales and 2nd hand stores, read, keep up w politics and world affairs, visit w friends and neighbors, keep up w growing family !!

Different places I have lived:

Santa Barbara,San Diego, Hawaii, Corpus Christi, TX., Long Beach, Monterey, CA., Coronado Island, Washington D.C., Albuquerque, Irvine,CA, Vandenburg Village, CA., Santa Ynez, CA, Solvang CA, Stanley, KS., Stillwell, KS, Colorado Springs, CO, Gilbert,AZ, ,Mesa, AZ. and a cabin in Payson, AZ

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Maternal Grandparents were from Boston. G.M.'s family, (the McDonalds), made carriages , and G.F.'s family bought them ! They lived on Milan Ave. (Sperling's house on Milan was the garden, just w. of their home.), ended up on Fletcher Ave - Mother - Catherine Salinger ,"Sally", born in Pasadena Huntington Hosp. - .11/1914 - 11/1985

Paternal grandparents moved from Ill. - Lived in Pomona, Where G.F. was Minister of Pomona Presbyt. Church, ( where Pop, Thaddeus Thacheray III -"Bud" was born - 2/1912), moved to Eagle Rock where G.F. was the founding minister of Eagle Rock Presbyt. Church and a founding member of Occidental College, G.F. died, family moved to San Marino. Pop passed away 2/1980

Parents met at SPHS, Pop, (Bud) class of (1930), and Mom, (Sally) class of (1932).

Married 4/1937 in Pasadena Presbyt. Church.

Elementary school and junior high/middle school(s) that I attended.

Oneonta grammar school, SPJHS, and SPHS.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Pop. - Thaddeus, "Bud", Creswell - 1930
Mom - Catherine, "Sally", Salinger Creswell - 1932
Me - Susan, "Susie", Creswell - 1956
Cousin - Elizabeth, "Betsy", Birdsey - 1956
Sister - Cynthia, "Cindy", Creswell - 1964
Sister - Mary Creswell, 1966

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Betsy Birdsey Fraser-Smith,(cousin),Les Thompson ,Barb Wilson (Amber Starr),(AZ), Gerald Gause, Tony Turpin, Jack Hartman, "Bergy" Bergren, Larry McHargue.

I had the privilege and the fun of speaking with many of my classmates, as I spent several yrs. finding them for our 50th class reunion & helping Bill Peters '53 with the Alumnae Volumes

So.Fletcher Ave., where I grew up had a big share of SPHS Grads! The Ottos, the Bullocks, the Whitehouses, the Jahiers, the Cariffes,the Smiths,the Bertches, the McDonalds , the Buckleys, the Kennans, and the Whipples the Goekins,and the Snyders, the Mays, and that's just off the top of my head !! I'm sure I've missed a

School Memories:

My great memories of SPHS start with my parents and the classes of'30 & '32 right on thru to '56. I had some of the same teachers as my parents had, and also had some teachers that went to school with my parents !

To this day, (and I've lived all over), I've never met a more supportive group of people than SPHS ! Parents, teachers, and students !

I loved the way my parents stayed in touch with their SPHS classmates all their lives !! They stayed the very best of friends literally forever !

Rosie Distefano Gardner's Mother used to babysit my Mother !!

Ann Kuhlman Moats's grandparents were my
grandparents best friends!

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

I loved the Pep Club activities, painting posters, being involved in HS elections, the Senior Play, Dance, etc.

With 4 children I was involved in so many diverse things through the years ! Because we moved so often I kept getting "tagged" by the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, PTA, Athletic Boosters, Debate Boosters, Band Boosters - you name it !! :) :) I think "I've raised more money than the law allows ! Loved being Pres. of University H.S. PTA in Irvine while the 3 boys were in school there !

Now I live in a 55+ golfing village in AZ, and am having fun ! 2021 Still there !!

Milestones & Epiphanies:

2014 - youngest Grandchild, (Sarah's Christopher), graduating from HS.

2014 Sam's daughter, Michelle, getting married this summer.

Bob's wife having kidney transplant in May. Her bros. kidney lasted for30+ yrs. & she is about to get one from her younger sister.

2021 - Enjoying 3 great grands now. Life in AZ is happy !

[Date] What's happening in my life now:

2011I still buy and sell small antiques and art .With the market as slow as it is, I have had more time to enjoy the art I've bought to sell :):) :)

Lost & Found Antiques is coming alive again ! The market is finally improving & I'm having fun w the art side of it ! Loving buying & selling & researching artist's bios !!

2021 Enjoying my kids, grand kids, great grand kids !!!!!!!:) :)

Jan. 2015 - First great grand son - Zane Walling - son of Jon Walling, & grand son of Bob Walling !!

2017 - Feb. - Another great grand son :) Michelle & Jeremy Holman had Tyler. Michelle is the daughter of Sam Jr.#2 son.

2021 Michelle gave me a great grand daughter - 6/21 Alexandria.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

2014 - Enjoying my kids & grandkids (all in CA), my art buying & selling, Arizona weather, my Meet Up,( East Valley Solo Seniors), my yard, my convertible, my independence, my health. my books, my friends & neighbors, my time to myself, my newly found cousin, Suzanne, & my little white puppy !

2021 - Still have my 4 children, my 5 grandchildren, and added a great grand - Alexandria 6/21. So, now have 3. I still have my independence, my health, my books, my friends and neighbors, (though many different), my car, (my convertible quit, but my Crysler 300 does me well !), my 2 cousins, my 2 sisters, (Cindy '64 and Mary '66). My little white puppy Charlie Brown is now 9 yrs. old. Charlie allows me to live alone - he is my ears !!! I love my roses, too !!

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

My all time favorite has to be John Denver !!! I "feel" his music, and I loved Colorado !

I like classical music, jazz & some country

2021 - Still listening to John Denver !!

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Read any & everything & am delighted to have the time & the eyesight !!
2021 - Still reading EVERYTHING !! Especially Love Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries !!

Things about me that you probably don't know.

I read and enjoy the WSJ ! :) :)

Additional Comments:

The longer I live, the luckier I know I am to have gone to SPSMHS !!

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The Carife's grew up across the street from us on Fletcher Ave. Alan was a happy soul with a HUGE brain !! I always enjoyed him, and was fascinated with his knowledge !!


Susie Cteswell Walling

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Bob was a quiet, gentle, smiling presence in High School. His demeaner hid the fact that he was a powerful swimmer.  He really made a name for himself ! I was lucky enough to find Bob and Dorothy in Mesa, Az. when I moved here. Bob was still the same quiet, gentle, smiling presence, but this time he proudly showed me his prize roses in his backyard overlooking the golf course !!

Oct 29, 2019 at 1:33 AM
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Maureen was a bright twinkling light in the class of '56 from the moment she arrived in junior high school !  She loved everyone and everyone loved "Mo" ! She adored being a Cheer Leader and brought joy to our football games and parades ! She was a smart gal also, and spent her adult life as an Audiologist, She had 2 sons, wonderful grandchildren, and she was delighted and so proud of them all ! We miss Mo !

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Guy & his wife Pauline were great supporters of the class of '56. They never missed  a class get together ! They came w smiles, - anxious to reconnect w those they hadn't seen for awahile !

Oct 29, 2014 at 1:33 AM
Oct 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I am sorry to tell you that I just got word that Tony Turpin ( "56) lost his wife, Elizabeth, to cancer after a long & brave battle. 10/16/2014

May 03, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Thank you for the donations & prayers for my daughter in law. Libby Walling. She has lived on her brothers kidney for 32 yrs., (longest US kidney transplant patient). Her youngest sister has met the criteria for giving her a kidney. The transplant is planned for May or June. Thank you, again,especially Bruce. So. Pas always comes through ! :)

Mar 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The older I get the more I treasure my SPHS friends ! You are all special !!!:) :)

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