June 2, 1910 – September 7, 2013
Susan Laughlin Kistler was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and is now wrapped in the loving arms of her Lord at the age of 103. Her parents, Paul Cree Swisher and Henrietta La Buhn Swisher moved to Lima, Ohio, where her father started a Standard Oil subsidiary. She was the oldest of four daughters.
In Lima, Susan married William S. Laughlin and they had two children, William S. Laughlin Jr. and Linda Laughlin (Corson). They moved to Glendale, California, in 1938.
With the start of W.W.II, Lockheed Aircraft Corp. hired an attractive, bright, young lady. They quickly recognized Susan’s special listening skills and asked her to initiate a Woman’s Councilor program to deal with the sudden influx of women into the aircraft industry. Her success in retaining women in a hostile work environment caught the eye of top management. She then also began working with the Public Relations Dept. where she became the “Lockeed voice” with more than 22 women’s organizations. Susan was the driving force developing the Child Care Centers which allowed women to remain in the workforce during the critical war years. After the war was over she rounded out her career as Assistant Director of Personnel with Collier Chemical and Office manager for Capital Research. She “retired” in Laguna Beach, where she owned and operated a gift store filled with quality goods.
Susan is survived by her son, William and his wife, Sally; their two children, Christy James (Bob) and Scott Laughlin (Alexandra); and two great-grand- children, (Tori and Candace); and her daughter, Linda Corson and her husband, Jim; three children Dan Corson (Berndt), Jeff Corson (Nancy) and Julie Peoples (Jim); and six great-grandchildren (Isaac, Naomi, Joshua, Hannah, Caleb and Olivia). She is also survived by her sisters, Virgina Lutman and Jaquie Webb.
The family wish to thank Partners in Care-Hospice, Bend, Oregon, and the care-givers of Clare Bridge for the love and care provided Susan. Private services will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, California.