As the dear friend and mother-in-law to Angela Taylor Hylland, My Castle Heart’s founder, Sue inspired Angela to embrace the unknown, pursue one’s creative bliss, empower one’s self, and live a carpe diem life.
Born on August 22, 1946, in Mason City, Iowa, Sue was the daughter of Herschel Ralph Drury and Ruth Shirley McQuatters. She graduated from Northwood High School in 1964 and attended Drake University, majoring in drama.
In 2010, she died after a valiant 13-year battle with breast cancer, but she squeezed a lot of living into her influential 64 years.
Sue was a devoted wife; loving daughter; caring mother; inspiring grandmother; thoughtful friend; charismatic business leader; passionate breast cancer crusader; celebrated hostess; avid world traveler; and enthusiastic member of the theater community.
All who knew Sue remember her joie de vivre. She had this incredible way of making people feel like they were the only one in the room… and yet all eyes were on her expressive moments, infectious laugh, sing-songy outbursts, and genuine smile.
When Sue died shortly after her first biological grandchild was born, Angela knew she had to do something. The next generation deserved to have Sue’s go-getter philosophy and positive influence in their lives.
Thus My Castle Heart Publications and Angela’s first two book ideas were born.
In death, as in life, Sue continues to motivate and inspire. In the words of her favorite musical, Wicked: “We’re who we are today because we knew you.” Here’s to more people knowing Sue and living their own bright burst of life.