Susan Louise Metivier, 70, Bull Valley, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Crystal Lake.
She was born May 3, 1947, to Robert Hall and Virginia Warner Hall in Indianapolis, Ind.
On June 28, 1969, she married Donald Metivier in indianapolis, Ind.
From the time she was a high school exchange student in France, she was a Francophile. She and Don took many trips to Western Europe visiting the great cities, museums and cathedrals and immersing themselves in the everyday life of provincial France. Sue introduced Don and many friends to the joys of French cuisine.
Sue received her Bachelor of Arts in French from Indiana University. She taught French at Palatine High School for five years. The family hosted a foreign exchange student or two for years.
A fascination with different cultures and languages led Sue to learn Spanish. She taught English to Spanish-speaking employees of McHenry County companies and volunteered as an interpreter for local nonprofits.
She leaves behind a 40-year collection of quilts that, after carefully selecting fabrics and colors, she lovingly pieced and hand-stitched. She loved walks in the woods, dinners with Don and friends, a good bottle of wine and dining out at quiet French restaurants.
More than six years ago, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome and Lewy Body Dementia. Sue resided in the Memory Care Unit of Sunrise in Crystal Lake for the past two and a half years.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sarah (Aaron) Metivier Schadt, Woodstock; a sister, Nancy (David) Smith, Magdalena, N.M.; a sister-in-law, Suzanne (Richard) Summers, Pearland, Texas; a brother-in-law, Paul (CJ) Metivier, Huntley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
Memorial donations can be made to the Endowment Fund, Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation or The Assisi Animal Foundation, P.O. Box 143, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0143, and note “In Memory of Susan Metivier.”