Susan Fay (Rand) Hill

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November 17, 1973 ~ February 16, 2017

Susan Hill, 43, Sioux Falls, was received into Heaven’s gates Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Public viewing will begin at 4pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Central Church, (3102 W. Ralph Rogers Rd, Sioux Falls) with Family present from 5-6:30pm. Funeral Services will begin at 7pm. A private interment is scheduled at the Monroe Reformed Church Cemetery.

Do to a large number of requests, Susan’s Funeral Service will be posted here with a link to view the recording. This will be sometime around March 1st.

Susan Fay Rand was born on November 17, 1973, to Ivan and the late Evelyn (Winkel) Rand, in Dell Rapids, SD. Susan grew up on a farm near Colton, SD, and graduated from Tri-Valley High School, and North Central University. While at North Central, she worked at Teen Challenge, a position that helped prepare her for ministry, as well as for foster care.

Susan married Christopher Hill in 2008, and together, they became foster parents to 11 children. They shared a love of life and for each other that was contagious. From telling each other “olives to you” when they felt that they weren’t serious enough to say “I love you,” to their fun loving comments like, “You’re really nice for a boy/ You’re really nice for a girl,” it was obvious that they truly enjoyed each other! They enjoyed going to fairs together and hiking; even with stage 4 cancer, Susan was able to hike in the Ozark Mountains and the Grand Canyon!

Susan’s life was forever changed with a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer in 2007. She became active in cancer awareness and raising funds for research, especially in the Relay for Life. In 2013, Susan was the honorary Chair and keynote speaker for the Relay, giving a speech entitled, “I Will Fight, and I Will Win!” While she eventually succumbed to cancer, she did win, because she beat the odds in surviving and thriving as long as she did, and because she was able to keep her positive attitude until the end. Susan was proud of the fact that she survived 4 1/2 years with stage 4 cancer!

Susan used the cancer as a reason to help others, and became somewhat of a local celebrity when she started dressing up herself and her infusion pole for her weekly chemo infusions. She would then visit other patients, giving out candy and spreading cheer. She loved drawing people into her shenanigans! Susan also described what it is like to live with terminal cancer on the website Caringbridge.org. No matter how bad the news would sometimes be, she would always find the positives in her situation. Her faith was extremely important to her and pole decorating and Caringbridge became a ministry for her.

Susan loved, and was loved by her coworkers and managers at FedEx, and earned the nickname “Smiley” for a reason!

Susan will be deeply missed by her husband, Chris; father, Ivan Rand, Sioux Falls, brothers, Elden (Wendy) Rand and Ryan (Kayla) Rand; mother and father-law, Raymond and Mary Porzio, FL; brothers-in-law, Eugene (Deborah) Hill and Steven (Ronna) Hill, NJ; many nieces and nephews, and 11 foster children, including the current foster son, Terrence.

Susan was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Rand.

A memorial has been established to the Avera Cancer Institute for Research in Susan’s memory.

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  • Maureen Hurd Hause says:

    Thinking of you and remembering Susan. In peace, Maureen

  • Janelle Jamtgaard says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Susan was truly an inspiration.

  • Jill Callison says:

    Susan was, quite simply, amazing.

  • Lynnette Olson says:

    So very sorry to learn that Susan lost her battle with cancer. But what an inspiration she was to others with her attitude, her fortitude and her humor. My sympathy to all her loved ones–and peace to you.

  • Cathy Pirrung says:

    She will be missed.
    What a great friend.
    Cathy Pirrung
    FedEx service agent
    Always a smile no matter what!

  • Esther Sutton says:

    What an amazing woman. I am sorry for your loss, Dr. Rand

  • Karen Cero says:

    Susan Your Beautiful Smile and Possitive Attitude Will Be Truly Missed by Us All. Your Legacy will Live on Forever, You have Touched So Many Others with Your Golden Heart, Your Strong Faith, and Inspiration. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Chris,Family & Friends. GOD BLESS YOU ALL..Your Friend and Co-worker Karen Peterson-Cero.

  • Rachel Schaible says:

    I am so glad that I had the privilege of knowing Susan from when she went to kid’s camp and then through the years. She was an example of Christ’s love. Chris, thank you for teaching our daughter clarinet and for loving Susan. May the Lord comfort your heart.

  • Georgia Albrecht says:

    It was a little less than a year ago when my husband and I first met Susan. I was getting one of my earliest chemo treatments for breast cancer and Susan and her IV pole were celebrating the upcoming final 4 basketball game. Her positive spirit helped me smile that day through the fear and discomfort of chemo. That night I went home and added Susan to my prayer list. Susan helped inspire me to keep a positive attitude through treatment, to smile and find reasons to celebrate the day, to choose joy. Today I offer prayers of thanksgiving for the life of such a wonderful women.

  • Lisa Peterson says:

    The world was a much better place with Susan in it. My sincerest condolences to all of Susan’s family and friends.

  • Ken & Gladys Goobie says:

    I want to thank Ryan Rand for contacting me and letting our family know that Susan had passed away. So sorry to hear this our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Ken & Gladys _ Canada

  • Edith and Clifford Buseman says:

    God tooka precious maidservant to his Home We must rejoice, but as humans that is hard because a lovely lady who blessed us all is no longer able to lend her smile here on earth. Knowing we shall see her again gives us joy. May the God of all comfort, comfort Chris, her father Ivan, Ryan and Elden and her entire family. Love and peace to all.

  • Randy and Sidney Garry says:

    We are so saddened to learn of Susan’s passing…but we are so blessed to have known her in the last year while she and Randy were both doing chemo treatments at Avera Institute . She was such an inspiration comfort and source of hope for us…we will visit her resting place in Monroe as we already go there regularly for some of her family…The earth is poorer and Heaven richer now….

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