Susan Schooley

April 29, 1942 ‒ August 12, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Susan Schooley, age 77, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Country Club Care Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 29, 1942 in Brandon, Ohio the daughter of Howard and Elizabeth “Betty” (Weaver) Lord.  Susan retired in 2009 after twenty plus years as a bus driver for Mount Vernon City Schools.

She was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church and 50 plus year member of the Glenwood Chapter #303 Order of Eastern Stars.  Susan was a member of the Sparettes Bowling League and served as an officer for the Knox County Women’s Bowling Association.  She was an avid fan of the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets and enjoyed following and cheering for the local teams.  She was a loving and loyal wife, mother and friend that will be missed by many.

She is survived by her three daughters, Terry Schooley of Centerville, Ohio, Mandy (Matt) Schooley of Denver, Colorado and Nikie Schooley of Centerville, Ohio, two sisters, Ellen (Phil) Stopher of Mount Vernon and Ann (Tom) Carpenter of Mount Gilead.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Merle W. Schooley in 1993, a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Esther Lord.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will be held on Friday beginning at 11 a.m.  Mr. Roger Marra will be officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Susan’s name may be made to the Community Concert Association of Knox County, Education Fund in care of, Ken Miller, 17430 Apple Valley Drive, Howard, Ohio 43028.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Susan Schooley.

  • Sue was a wonderful person. If you were down, when you were around her, you wasn’t down long. She would tell a joke or two and she would have you laughing in no time. I was very blessed to know her. She is going to be missed and bowling will never be the same. She loved her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and everyone that knew her. ❤🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤

  • Ms. Schooley, your C-130 PK Family is sending thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time. Blessings and peace for you and your family.

    • I add my heartfelt condolences from C-130 as well. She seems like she was a faithful and loyal person- increasingly, that’s a rarity to be cherished!

  • A great person with a big heart! Always friendly to everyone. Will miss bowling with her. Thoughts and prayers with the family at this difficult time.

  • I am so sad to hear of Sue’s passing. We had a lot of great bus rides to and from games! She will be missed by many. Rest In Peace, Sue!

  • It was so sad to hear, really missed her after she moved, such a great friend and neighbor. She is in a beautiful place now; free of pain and suffering. Prayers to all of you as you go through the days to come.

  • Loved Susan worked at telephone company with her many years ago. Prayers to her three girls also sister Ellen. Went to Elemwood school with her. God Rest Susan

  • So sorry for Susan’s passing. I had several conversations with her during her last month. I could always count on her sitting outside when I pulled up to visit my husband. I did not know she was nearing the end of her life. I also worked for the schools so we had a working relationship too. Rest in peace Susan.

  • I will never forget are bowling nights as well as Susan sometime s driving the bus for my disabled daughter, may god open up his arms and love you through your journey, Susan.
    My heartfelt sympathy to Susan’s family

  • Terry,
    Sending prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May you cherish those wonderful memories.

  • Thoughts and prayers for you. Susan’s smile will be greatly missed.

  • It was such a great pleasure to get to know this sweet, loving woman. I will miss your smile and my daily laugh. It was a pleasure to drive you these last few months. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  • Who didn’t love Susan? She was so much fun. Her laugh was contagious. Just a beautiful person. We are all saddened by her passing, she will forever be missed. Love and prayers for her friends and family.

  • My prayers for healing, peace, and comfort go out to you, Terry, and your family. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort in the days to come.

    Susan always had a smile on her face when I would see her out and about. She will be missed.

  • I will miss our evening chats out on the porch as I was leaving work. Lots of laughs and good conversations. She was a highlight of my day. Prayers for her family. She will be missed .

  • When the Lord calls our loved one home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Hold onto your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You’re in our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers.

  • Anyone who knew Susan loved her. She was my childrens’s bus driver, and her husband coached my daughters’ softball team. Both were highly respected and loved.
    God had a place at his table and called you home, Susan. You are in good hands, Rest In Peace. Note to her family: “So sorry about your great loss.”

  • Girls – I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother loved you all dearly!! She will be missed by many. She holds a special place in my heart and so do you 3. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything. Prayers and hugs to you all.

  • Susan had a lot of friends here at The Station Break Senior Center in Mount Vernon. We loved her laugh. One of my favorite times with Susan was when she played the Dorothy Zbornak character in a Golden Girls skit at a party a couple of years ago. She was a natural! Rest in Him, Susan, and thanks for the memories. We miss you already, friend.

  • I send my love, thoughts, and prayers to Susan’s wonderful family. She loved her girls, sisters, and friends and was so proud of all of their accomplishments.
    She graduated high school with me and was always amused that she was a few months older than me and so must be brighter than me!
    Always missed her dear husband and they are together once more. She was ready.
    Even days she was ill these past years, she could make us smile. I loved her laugh and the fact she took time to listen and really cared whenever I needed to talk with her.
    One always felt better for sharing situations with her.
    Heavens garden has a brand new beautiful bloom.
    She was loved and was beautiful inside and out.
    God Bless her family and friends in the days ahead.
    Janet Baker Rehling

  • What a loss! Susan was such a mentor to so many kids of all ages. After driving kids to and from school as a bus driver, she’d cheer them on at sporting events. When I’d have to serve my time on bus duty at the Middle School, Susan made me laugh and kept it lively. I’m sorry Schooley girls for the loss of your amazing Mom.

  • Susan I just saw you out less than a month ago, took one look at you and I saw where you were fighting that damn Cancer. I should have stopped and said hello, but you were talking to someone else. I should have been rude and stepped right in and hugged you and told you I love you. Oh those bowling nights, you had a wonderful sense of humor and I never heard you say anything bad about anyone, please say hello to my family up there. Love Colleen Totman Milligan One more time-bus driver open up the door please.

  • Terry, Mandy and Nikie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom! She was such a sweetheart! Taking my youngest to college or I would be there! Thinking and praying for all of you.

  • My sympathy to Terry, Nikie, Mandy, Ellen and families.
    Susan was so much fun! She was Roger’s assistant on the JOY trips! She was also a great bus driver to many school students over the years. My grandson still comments about how well he liked her.

  • My dear loving friends life had many different paths. We met many years ago when we were in our 20’s at the bowling alley at Sunset Lanes. From acquaintances we became friends. Very good friends. We traveled to many places together, bought stuff we didn’t need. Had lots of fun. I am not the only one that Susan traveled with. She had many friends she bowled with, took CES trips with and many car trips, and 99% of the time, she was the driver. Then there was her card playing and bingo.
    All these many events in her life made many friends in her life. Including her church friends.
    She was very proud of her daughters accomplishments, rightfully so, she told you about them without trying to brag.
    She was just one of those good people that we who knew, and loved her were lucky to have in our life.
    I loved to hear her talk about she and Roger and their Joy Trips with the church people. The woman had a zest for life and doing for others.
    You can now rest my dear friend.
    P. S. Tell Merle that at least this time I won’t have to give to the “Bulldogs”..Susan always laughed when I said something about a Centerburg person giving money to the Bulldogs.
    I loved you very much. See you later😇
    Bob liver her too!

    • Can you believe I put liver instead of loved!
      She’s laughing already!
      It may sound like a pun to people that know…but it was not!

  • So sorry we will be in Ft. Lauderdale for a graduation and will miss celebrating Susan’s life. She was a joy and inspiration. Mike loved working with her. We looked forward to seeing her at Mt. Vernon basketball games. Will miss seeing her there. Our love to Susan’s girls…especially Nickie who always knew what was going on at our house on Mansfield Avenue the year she was in Mike’s class. Why were your drapes closed this morning? Is Mrs. Vandeberg sick? Remember her with love. Keep her traditions. You were raised by one of the best! ❤️

  • What a kind and loving woman Sue was. She seemed to never forget any student she drove anywhere in her years as a bus driver. She will be missed by many. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.

  • To: The Girls (Ladies),

    Your mother was a sweet lady always a smile on her face. She was very proud of your girls. I will always remember the good old times at the ball park. Will miss her. My prayers will be with all of you.

    Jeff Combs

  • Nikki, Mandy, and Terry

    You’re mom was very proud of you ladies for everything that you have done and will do with your lives.

    I’m so proud to call Susan a very good friend, who was a Grandma to my daughter, Robyn.

    Fly high Susan

    Love Donna and Robyn

  • Terry, my condolences for you and your family with the loss of your Mother. You and your sisters are blessed to have had such a loving Mom and I will bet your Mom knew she was exponentially blessed with having the three of you as her daughters. Praying for you and your family to be comforted during this trying time.
    May God hold you tight.
    Maria Fox

  • Susan was our daily bus driver to and from Elmwood Elementary, Mount Vernon Middle School. We all loved her. She was sweet and kind and genuinely cared about her kids. I have a lot of memories from that bus ride. Through pouring rain, slick snow and ice she kept us safe but allowed enough shenanigans to keep the long bus ride fun. I will always remember her laugh and smile. Rest In Peace Susan.

  • So very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. My memories of Susan go back nearly 40 years when I was working at the Mount Vernon News covering girls sports and school events. Susan (and Merle) were fun people to be around — always quick with a smile, funny comment and encouragement to their daughters (and other players) on the many softball fields and stadiums we visited. In recent years, we’d share a wave when my car would pass her school bus. Susan touched many lives and will be missed.

  • Mandy, Terry and Nikki,

    Your mom’s smile is what I remember best. She was a wonderful person. I remember her being no-nonsense and really funny. Treating me as a child with respect because she talked with me like I was a person and not just a kid. As an adult I realize how critical that is for self esteem and how rare such good spirited people are. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My family and I are sending you hugs and comfort.

    Margaret Main Bowling

  • Terry, I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m sending thoughts and prayers for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.
    Rebecca Johnson

  • My deepest sympathy to friends and family. Susan was a wonderful person and had a warm smile and greeting for everyone who knew her. I have fond memories of the many times we met during our years with the MTV schools. She will be missed. Love and peace.

  • First met susan when i started driving bus at mt.vernon city schools. She was such a nice pearso to talk to. So sorry to here of her passing.

  • I first met Susan when she came to chapel at gay GaY streetUnited Methodist Church Roger had talked her into coming and believe me she changed the chapel with her laugh and her personality it was such an inviting place to come I miss iher . Then my kids were in the marching band only in the eighth grade but I knew I had to learn how to go to The football games so Susan showed me how where to park what to do and she was so wonderful and it was so much fun to sit beside her I can’t tell you how hard I laughed and how much fun I had to going to the football games is fun to watch my kids marching in the band but I sure do miss her laugh and being with her she will remain in my heart for the rest of my life. I am so glad I got to know her and to Loved every minute of it she will be greatly missed by a lot of people to all of her children you were blessed

  • I knew Susan from going to Curves. What a fun, loving, caring person she was.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.

  • Sending prayers to the family of Susan. She was a great lady.

    Jeff, Laurie, Ashley, Jordan, and Brian Johnson

  • Susan’s family: SO SO SORRY. She was a Brandon Girl so we all know she was special. Will keep you all in my prayers. Bob Harrod

  • I first met Met Susan just a few short years ago at the Wellness center, and she was so much fun, and we always talked a joked..
    And had our own little private joke going. Would also see her at the Station Break, and the Community Bingos…I ‘m really glad I got to know her, She was such a special Lady, and yes a Brandon girl.