Susan Willcox, 73

Susan Ebbinghouse Willcox, 73, of Sun City West, Ariz., died peacefully in her home on May 29, 2019.

She was born in Wabash on Sept. 16, 1945, to the late James and Phyllis Ebbinghouse. Sue graduated from Southwood High School in 1964. Sue married Michael Wilcox on September 3, 1966. They soon settled in Knightstown, where she was a homemaker and master gardener. Sue took an active leadership role in her community, Home Ec Club, Bible Study Fellowship, and volunteered at her church and school. She was devoted to providing very healthy food for her family that she raised in her garden and ground wheat for her famous bread.

She is survived by her husband and sons Steven in Goodyear, Ariz., James Paul (Amy) in Owensboro, Ky., and Adam Willcox in Folsom, Calif. Four grandchildren survive: Steven Jr., Alex, Emma, and Abby Willcox. Sue’s sister, Ann (Don) Gillespie, Wabash, also survives.

At age 48, Sue returned to college, made the Dean’s List, and received an Associate’s degree in Nursing from IU East. She practiced nursing in Greenfield for 15 years, sharing her compassion and heart with all those around her. In retirement, she enjoyed interior decorating, making art projects, traveling, and volunteering for her church and clubs in Arizona. Sue relished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her eager and infectious laugh will be missed by all those who knew her.

A Celebration of Life for Sue Willcox will take place at two locations with receptions to follow: In Indiana at Wilkinson Church of Christ on Sept. 14, 2019, at 5 p.m. and in Arizona at Sun City West Christian Church on Oct. 19, 2019, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in support of missionary work. Missions that Sue worked to support are available at

Posted on 2019 Jun 13