Biography : Susan passed away on October 22, 2013, after a tough battle with cancer. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 25, 1950 to Joyce and Arville Yancher. Susan was a beloved wife to her husband, Gary, and devoted mother to her two children, Mason and Ilyse. She was also a mentor to many people, both personally and professionally. Susan did something very few parents accomplish: She was best friend to both of her children. She was the love of her husband's life. He said she made him feel "charmed." Her sweet disposition and generous nature made her an adored and admired figure to everyone who knew her. Susan worked at MD Anderson for 35 years, where she made an extremely significant impact on leukemia research as the CLL Program Director, a position she held for over 25 years. She worked for world-renowned leukemia doctor Michael Keating, who credits her with helping him save lives and being instrumental in his research to cure the disease. Susan successfully co-authored numerous research papers, and she was respected internationally for her contribution to CLL research. Susan's family would like to give special thanks to niece Leslie Moser and friends Karen Lee, Diane Lee, Maxine Williams and Laura Carreon for their help during Susan's illness. They are also grateful to the team of dedicated doctors, nurses and medical professionals at MD Anderson who tried everything they could to save her life. Susan is survived by her husband, Gary, children Mason, Ilyse and Thomas Niland, mother Joyce and a world that is a much better place because of her. Contributions in remembrance can be made to the CLL Global Research Foundation, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care or the charity of your choice. Funeral services will be held at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet, at 11 am on Friday, October 25.