Susan Schott Bare, 69, of Callahan, FL passed away at home, surrounded by her two children and loving friends and family on May 15, 2023 after a 2 year battle with breast cancer. Sue was born on October 22, 1953 to Harold and Marie Schott in Great Lakes, Illinois. Her father’s Navy service brought the family to Jacksonville, FL during Sue’s childhood, where she attended Forrest High School. Sue was a star athlete, participating in basketball, softball, volleyball, and track & field. She graduated in 1971.
Her first job was at Sears in downtown Jacksonville. During this time, she met her future husband, Dean, who was working at a nearby sandwich shop run by Dean and his father. Dean and Sue were married in 1974 and moved to Callahan in 1976, where they would make their home for the rest of their lives. Their first child, Kimberly, was born in 1979, spending a blissful three years as an only child until her younger brother, Dean, was born in 1982. Sue loved cheering her kids on in their activities, including soccer and skating for Dean, and academics and marching band for Kimberly-both in high school and at Florida State University, where Sue especially loved cheering for her beloved Seminoles. She was a second mom to many of her children’s friends who spent as much time in her home as in their own.
Sue worked a variety of jobs throughout her life, including being a Respiratory Therapist and working in retail and security until she retired in 2015. In 2008, with the birth of her first grandchild Zane, Sue took on her beloved role of “Gwanny”. She loved spending time and being silly with her grandkids Zane, Peyton, and Tenley.
Sue loved sixties music, traveling with her daughter, FSU football, visiting Mickey Mouse, posting the least photogenic pictures possible of her family on Facebook, a good game of poker, and posting daily coffee photos, although she hadn’t drank a cup of coffee herself in years.
Sue is preceded in death by her husband Dean, parents, sister Jackie, and brother Dennis. She is survived by her children Kimberly Bare, and Dean (Jaime) Bare, grandchildren Zane Bare, Peyton Bare, and Tenley Bare, brothers Greg (Carol) Schott, Skeet (Judy) Schott, Jeff Schott, and Kevin (Donna) Schott, sisters-in law Vickie (Paul) Hafer, Deanna Iannucci, and Cathy (Dennis) Schott, many nieces and nephews, and one large grumpy cat who will miss being fed leftover bacon, french fries, and spaghetti by Granny and sharing her electric blanket.
A graveside service will take place on June 7, 2023 at 10:00 am at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL with arrangements handled by Evergreen Funeral Home.