Susan Kauffman, Jan. 13, 1946-April 6, 2013, of Columbia

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 6:36 p.m. CDT

Susan Kauffman, 67, died April 6, 2013 after four years of living with cancer.

Susan was born January 13, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Donald Alberty and Betty Robison Alberty. As an infant she moved with her parents to Columbia City, a small town in northeastern Indiana, where she grew in safety and contentment.

She married her high school boyfriend, Robert Kauffman, on August 31, 1968 in Goshen, Indiana. Following their graduation from Purdue University in 1969, Susan and Bob moved to Columbia, Missouri, where Bob had a job as a parole officer with the Missouri State Board of Probation and Parole.

In Columbia, Susan worked as an advertising copywriter for Neds and Wardlow Advertising Agency, which later became Batz-Hodgson-Neuwoehner, Inc. She left that position when her daughter was born in 1980.

In 1984, she returned to work, and spent 28 years at the University of Missouri, mostly in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. When she retired in 2012, she was Executive Staff Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences.

Susan spent many happy hours in community theater in Columbia, along with her husband and daughter. She appeared in over 25 productions at Columbia Entertainment Company and the Maplewood Barn Theatre during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Kauffman of New York City; her mother, Betty Alberty of Indianapolis; and her brother, Joe Alberty, his wife Erica and son Michael, all of Fort Wayne, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband and her father.

There will be no services or internment. Susan arranged to donate her body to the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine for the instruction of medical students. If you wish to memorialize her, Susan asked that you contribute to a charity benefiting children or animals, or simply smile and speak kindly to someone each day. Send your light into the universe in whatever ways you can.

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