Having taught with Susan in Marion County,Florida we built years of memories. Susan dug her heels in and decided to move to Savannah in 2004. She and I embarked on a journey into a neighboring state that offered us an opportunity to escape the familiar Ocala community and schools. We had both recently mourned the loss of our perspective family's matriarch. I witnessed her strength, and resolve while uprooting and moving away. Loading a UHaul, unloading the enormity of it all. I witnessed firsthand her tenacious spirit. Later, she purchased a home in Savannah, and set her mind to rebuild and replace item by item. After she’d practically rebuilt the house, she sold it, making a considerable profit. She felt that city living wasn’t as peaceful, so she moved to Hinesville, which allowed more space for her dogs to roam. She continued to work in Savannah at New Hampsted High School.
As a no-nonsense teacher, Susan’s ferocious bark could not surpass her compassion for teaching. Susan was firm and expected her students to study and learn the math content. She inspired many children and young adults, occasionally encountering those who were a little resistant. If they saw her name on their schedule, they knew that were going to be held accountable for their work and it may not be easy. She had the audacity to hold star athletes accountable for the math content, academically “benching” some players for a portion of the season until they met her standards. She stood up to and did not buckle under pressure from parents, coaches, or administration. Her firm stand as well as professionalism was fueled by her passion for educating our youth, which will be remembered for many years to come by students, coaches, parents and fellow educators.
It has always been obvious that Susan was a lover of Springer Spaniels. She became adoptive mother to several throughout the years, and they enjoyed a spoiled life with her. Her dogs were very important to her along with a menagerie of other pets she invited into her home, including cats and the horses she owned. When she was sick, I would offer for her to come stay at my home in Savannah instead of driving back, but she insisted every time that she had to get back to Rudy. She also was an avid gardener and loved her flowers. Like them, Susan was a beautiful and strong person to both her friends and animals.
Her unending gumption spread to others, and in reflecting on experiences between our mutual friend Lorraine, Susan’s tenacity is expressed with admiration and humor. Lorraine also knew Susan for a really long time. She reminds me of how when talking to Susan, she, nor I, or even her husband, could get a word in. One experience of her husband David answering the phone and even though advising Susan that Lorraine was not home, she still was holding him on the line for a considerable amount of time ranting about an issue she felt strongly about. He greeted Lorraine with tales of this as soon as she entered their home.
My daughter Ngozi, also shares her most recent memory of Susan. We had all talked to Susan, being taken along on an imagined wild ride on the back seat of a hallucination. I had been unable to get in touch with my daughter, so Susan volunteered to call her, despite her own frustrations with the physical and social turmoil she was suffering in the hospital. Ngozi said that she had been in emotional distress, locked up and grieving the anniversary of her brother’s birth and passing all weekend. Susan offered to pray for her. She offered genuine empathy and reassurance through a calm voice and fond memories. On a day that could be seen as sorrowful on disconcerting levels, Susan’s compassion broke through a barrier of adversity for me. In what was a time when she needed prayers most, she gave prayers on behalf of her friends. She was always careful to show compassion toward others.
When suddenly came the one-two punch, Susan the fighter and mountain climber became determined to fight the dreaded diagnosis. She followed the protocol, underwent the chemo and radiation treatments. For the last year, I appreciate how Susan candidly kept us updated and abreast of her journey’s progress with its highs and lows. She was very knowledgeable about her body and detailed the science and math of blood oxygen levels, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes, and weight. I heard about the medical professionals she encountered. She voiced frustration with professionals that dropped the ball of accountability when expected to be reporting information. They lacked Susan’s “get things done” persona. Even in excruciating pain, she would grin and bear it. I saw her hold on to the bed frame in the hospital to avoid taking pain medication because she knew she had to drive to the drug store, and wait. I witnessed her being discharged from the hospital, walking out on her own. The attendant walked alongside her, but she refused to get in the wheelchair. She even carried her bag, blanket, and suitcase on a rolling cart. She prided herself in driving to and from Savannah and Hinesville while getting treatments. She exercised a phenomenal strength during the time of her sickness. That was Susan, always determined to get things done.
Although my heart mourns the passing of a dear friend, Susan will continue to be a part of my memories. Recently, she would end our calls by assuring me that she loved me. This love was mutual. These memories of Susan are so precious that she may physically be gone, but will not ever be forgotten. She will be remembered for her outspoken and energetic persona that encouraged but also compassionately understood. She will be remembered for being a mountain climber. While we yet wander lost and sorrowful, would it not be Susan that asked, “Why are you not pushing the mountain or climbing over it.”
I'm so very sorry to learn of Susan's passing. She was a great friend to English Springer Rescue and I enjoyed our conversations when she attended events. she had a huge heart.
Condolences to your family. Take courage in God's promise of the resurrection at Isaiah 26:19, Acts 24:15, and Revelation 21:3,4. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/awake-no3-2018-nov-dec/agony-of-grief/
I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. I knew Susan through English Springer Spaniel Rescue (ESRA). She was a wonderful volunteer and friend, helping with many transports and always so supportive of our group. I know she loved her dogs greatly, and there's no doubt that they and she were happy to be reunited at the Rainbow Bridge. May peace be with you in this sad time.
Crystal River, FL
PLEASE IN LIEU OF FLOWERS- Donate to Springer Spaniel Rescue in the name of Susan Jane Krebs.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Thanks for always pushing your students to be better. We'll all miss you Mrs. Krebs. May you Rest In Peace
Mrs krebs you where such an amazing person with a big heart you never missed a chance to call my mom my freshman year because you seen so much potential in me and my freshman year i gave you a hard time but you still had so much heart to help me pass my senior year we got along so well I’d always come seee you and talk to you and if i needed help you would help me i appreciate it all the lessons you taught me
RIP you will be missed
Where do I start? You were such an influence to me, pushing me forward, and even staying after school to work with me. Your dedication to your profession allowed me to grow as a student. Not only were you an honorable educator but you are a beautiful soul. I would always come and visit you and you would check up on me, not only with studies but with my life as a teenager at the time. I will forever be grateful for everything you did for me.
Forever in my heart, you will always be missed by so many!!
Krebs was a tiny person with a huge heart. She pushed every student to excel, whether they like it or not. ☺️ We are all better for having had her in our lives. Once a Phoenix, always a Phoenix!
Thank you so much for helping me be the person I am today. You were always on me back when I was in your classes, but we’ve always had our laughs. You’re one of the best teachers I’ve had. Just know you’re is way better place now and you are in Gods hands now. Rest In Peace ❤️
thanks for the memories in class. You use to always make me laugh when you seen me come into class looking upset. You also helped me graduated. You’ll truly be missed. Rest In Paradise ❤️
Rest In Peace Ms. Kerbs. You actually taught me something and I acquired knowledge from you so I'm grateful even though I gave you a hard time. I will never forget the time we spent together, the effort you made to help me understand the math. You were a great teacher and even better person .
Education wouldn't be the same without your involvement in it. You've inspired and motivated so many students, even those of us who didn't have the opportunity to take your class. Your positive attitude and spunky nature are contagious. Thank you for being a wonderful role model and genuine human being. Everyone who meets you in this next stage of your life will have the honor of saying they met you. Thank you for the advice, KitKats, and joy you spread in the halls of New Hampstead.
Rest in Peace. Thank you for time and dedication to our children and for passing on your knowledge for the benefit of our world. I know you'll make a difference in the next.
As you rise towards the Heavens...be our guiding light and guardian angel.
Always remembered in our hearts and in our thoughts...Once a Phoenix...Always a Phoenix...