Susan “Hug” Kirkpatrick enter the Lord’s “rest” from all her labors on June 23, 2022. Born October 19, 1944, in Washington, DC to parents Reginal and Osra Rawls (Cooper) Bard, she was the eldest of their 3 other children. She accepted out Lord Jesus Christ, when she was 11, and later in life re-committed to and was re-baptized, to emphasize that her total commitment to her Savior Jesus Christ. A positive, outgoing person with a smile on her face, and a quick zany laugh, she never met a stranger had a soft place in her heart for the poor. HS showed love by encouraging everyone, always giving out lots of hugs and worked in each church she attended over the years, in their community outreach programs. Presently a member of Nixa Assembly of God for 20 years. Pastor Donnie Blansit will conduct her services.
In 1962, she graduated from Cleveland High School in South St. Louis after her father was transferred from the Pentagon, as a civilian attached to the Air Force in a top-secret job in St. Louis. Next, she attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO, then attended a junior College in St. Louis. Upon moving from St. Louis to the Seymour area, Susan chose to become licensed as a Real Estate Agent and Broker. She looked at the 42-year career as an extension in her Christian walk, to be able to help people, with their major real estate financial decisions.
During her career of 40 + years she educated herself to be able to best her clients and obtained many real estate designations: Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI), Graduate of Realtor Institute with commercial Emphasis, Certified residential Specialist (CRS), Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and then took a two-year course on becoming a Certified International Specialist (CIPS). Susan specialized in Mexico and Central America, loving the culture, people and speaking Spanish. She took many Relator colleagues to Mexico. She served on her local Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors in many capacities from Director to head of many committees, and on the State level. She started in Seymour, Mo with Gavin Realty, moved to, and worked in Colorado for a short time in Lafayette. She than returned and worked in the Springfield Board of Realtors and carol Jones Realtors for 17 years. Upon her marriage to the love of her life, present sweetheart and husband, Benny Kirkpatrick, she later worked in the Tri Lakes Board of Realtors at Carol Jones, and then Table Rock’s best Realtors, for a total of 25 years.
Susan loved, was most happy and proud of her family. Her door was always open. Holidays were times she loved to be a gracious hostess, provided lots of good food and built lots of wonderful memories every year. Their country home gave many opportunities for all the grandchildren to have many adventures, learning new skills and special times.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Osra Bard.
Survivors include Susan’s and Benny’s 6 children and spouses: Andy Kirkpatrick, Todd (and Mary, deceased) Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, Jon and his wife Janie Ellenburg, Karl, and his wife Mendi Hug, Christine (Hug) and husband Barry Kahler. And 13 grandchildren: Ashley and husband Josh Gryder, Ryan Kirkpatrick, and wife Susanne, Joseph and wife Brittany, Josh and Jordan Kirkpatrick, Courtney and wife Courtney Kirkpatrick, Christian M. Hug and wife Patricia and Bailey Salsman, Aaron Ellenburg, Christopher Hug & Courtney Hug. They were also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren. In addition, she had one brother-in-law, Oliver, and his wife Nancy. Susan was very close to her two brothers Jack and his wife Janie Bard, David Bard, and her sister, Janis, and husband Al Baker.
In lieu of flowers, Susan requests that, if desired, memory donations to be made to the local food pantries/charities to help the living.
Susan’s favorite was the Least of These.
Arrangements are under the directions of Adams Funeral Home - Nixa
Funeral Service will be 1:30 PM Tuesday, June 28, at Nixa Assembly of God, with Donnie Blansit officiating. Burial will follow at Mcconnell Bledsoe in Nixa. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.