Celebrating the life of Susan Brauer
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Susan's love of horse racing also led her to serve as Clerk of the Course for Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing at the Effingham County from 1983-1985, before ascending to the role of Superintendent of Speed in 1986.
Susan inherited her love of horses from her father, Fred Ruff, who showed a champion string of mules and draft horses on the Midwestern fair circuit. Susan once recalled that her father had worked with heavy horses in the oil fields of Fayette County before developing his fleet of show horses, and she fondly remembered helping her dad with his show string at the Effingham County Fair when she was a child. At the time, mules and heavy horses were quartered during fair week on the site which is now occupied by the Schuetzenfest Building.
Susan also enjoyed the thrill of owning racehorses, with one of her most memorable victories coming at the 1989 Effingham County Fair with Stardust Alert, a pacer she owned in partnership with her mother, Oma Ruff.
Susan is survived by her:Son: Robert (Bob) Ray Huffman , Mattoon, Illinois
Daughter: Richelle (Ricki) Ree ( husband Richard) Morrison of Beecher City, Illinois and their children: Matthew Allen (wife Kara) Morrison , Michel Scott (wife Jennifer) Morrison.
Great Grandchildren (in descending order of age):Wade Allen (fiance’ Miranda Gomez) Morrison (son of Matthew Morrison and Misty Hahn).
Malayknee K. Morrison and Hallye Marie Morrison (daughters of Rachael Bell and Michel Morrison)
Lane Byron Cox and Brody Allen Cox (sons of Jennifer Morrison and Brian Cox)
Eden Eclipse Morrison and Judah Stone Morrison (children of Matthew Morrison and Kara Morrison)
Special Granddaughters:Rachael Natasha Bell & daughter Nova Rayne Bo Be
Sister: Lois May Henry
She was preceded in death by: Parents: Fred C. Ruff Oma D. Wade Ruff
Husband: Jackie R. Huffman September 26, 1936 - November 21, 1976 (married July 1954)
Husband: Carl Edward Brauer April 10, 1934—November 7, 2014 (married September 1977 )
Sister: Wilma (Billie) Dell Tipsword
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Altamont, IL 62411