A Smile Worth Sharing

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Twenty-four-year old Suzanne Adams always had a smile to share and she just seemed to shine, say those who knew her well. Suzanne graduated from Mosley High School in 1998, but kept in touch with Principal Bill Husfelt.

"Everybody just loved Suzanne. She was just one of those kids that's always smiling, hugging everybody and just very positive."

Everyone spoke about her beauty, an obvious gift that was far from skin deep. Sherry Czupryk teaches Advanced Placement English at Mosley and worked with Suzanne on the Beta Club.

"She's as beautiful in spirit as she was physically. Just a true southern lady."

Pam Mercer is a math teacher at Mosley and agrees her beauty was an inspiration.

"She was a gorgeous young lady and she was gorgeous inside. I think one reason she was so beautiful is because her insides came out."

Pam Mercer's daughter was also a friend of Suzanne's. Mercer says it's hard for any mom to watch their child mourn such a young loss.

"I don't think they realize how precious life is until something like this happens."

After Suzanne graduated from the University of Florida she went on for her master's degree in speech pathology at Valdosta State University.

Sheila Fuller is a speech pathologist at Northside Elementary School where Suzanne interned last year.

"She was full of life and she worked very well with the students. I'll try to get through this, she worked very well with the students and the students loved her."

The last three months, Suzanne was interning at the Bay Medical Healthplex in Panama City working with adults and children with speech disorders.

Gail Darnell, the manager of Rehabilitation Services at the Healthplex, says three months was long enough for all of her patients and the staff to become attached to Suzanne.

"She was very competent in her treatment, had excellent clinical skills, had a sunny disposition, was caring, went the extra mile. Her patients and her fellow therapists truly enjoyed working with her."

Many hearts are breaking over the loss of a life taken too soon. The family is requesting donations in Suzanne's name to a scholarship fund through the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation.

You can mail the donation to:

5230 West Highway 98,
Panama City, 32401