Susan Marie Bairley

Chelsea, Michigan

At age 64, passed away at home surrounded by her family on June 25, 2018. She was born the daughter of Edward and Helen (Daugul) Jablonski on July 15, 1953.

She is preceded in death by her father.

Susan was born in Detroit and grew up in Center Line, with surviving siblings Edward Jablonski Jr., Kathy James, Nancy Nuell, and James Jablonski.

September 10, 1978 she married her beloved husband Paul Bairley, and together they had three children: Alan (Robin) Bairley, Jeffrey (Elyse) Bairley, and Bonnie Bairley. Susan also had four grandchildren: Braden, Lillian, Sienna, and Calen.

Susan received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in Communications and Public Relations throughout her career, which included positions at Eastern Michigan University, Ford, and most recently, USCAR. Susan loved working in the automotive realm, attending auto shows with her colleagues, and all things cars.

Outside of the office, she was an avid writer for The Michigan Golfer, the A Position, and a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

She and Paul enjoyed traveling to many golf courses for writing assignments as well as frequent trips to Northern Michigan.

Susan and Paul established the Eastern Michigan University Shirley G. Spork Women’s Golf Endowment, to provide scholarships in honor of the LPGA founding member.

She loved traveling, theatre, music, all things British, being in nature, dressing up for a night out in the city, and spending cherished time with family. She had a particular interest in antiques, operating booths at two antique malls in the area.

Susan loved her family and friends immensely and selflessly, a quality that showed during her tenure as president of the Chelsea Senior Center, and through her involvement with other charitable organizations throughout the years. She always supported the performing arts and had a passion for social justice and equality. Susan never failed to inspire her children to find their creative voice, pursue higher education, and always find the good in other people. She was a woman of love, leadership, and purpose.

Susan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2017, a battle she fought heroically for 14 months.

A memorial service will take place from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home (Chelsea, MI) with pastor Todd Jones officiating, on August 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon to follow at the Inverness Country Club Clubhouse. The family asks that any donations made in Susan’s memory be made to Faith In Action.



Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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