Susan Leah (West) Olvera

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“Susan was an amazing person, wife, mother and friend that will surely be missed. Her smile, laughter, passion for life and others has left an eternal...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Rebecca Black - Matthews, NC

“A glowing candle lstnto earth, a new bright star in heaven.I'm so sorry for your loss. Hula and prayers. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Debi Parm - Batavia, OH

“My sincere condolences to all her family. Prayers ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Sharon Coffey - Mt.orab, OH

“Susan, I am so sorry we can't have more time. That Mikey can't have more time with you. That Rigo can't have more time with you. I see all you have...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: claudia chambers - Raleigh, NC


Susan Leah (West) Olvera, 43, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2020 in Wake Forest, North Carolina after a long battle with brain cancer. She was at home, surrounded in the love of her family by her side when she left this world. She burst into the world on January 5, 1977 to her parents Rick and Brenda and continued taking the world by storm throughout her life.

Susan loved her family and friends deeply. She enjoyed spending time surrounded by nature, relishing in all creation, nurturing plants and animals of all kinds. She was a passionate supporter of equality for all, the rights of the oppressed, and battled injustice when and where she saw it.

A devoted mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and wife, Susan leaves all she loved with the everlasting imprint of her presence in their lives. She leaves a void that none can fill, but her unique laugh will resonate in our hearts in blessed memory of the light and joy she brought to this earth.

She faced her cancer with grace and dignity, choosing positivity over despair and gratitude over fear, urging all around her to do the same.

Susan is survived by her loving husband Rigoberto and their son Mikey, along with her sisters, step-brother, many nieces and nephews, her grandfather Jerry, her father Rick West, mother Brenda Ruiz, and step-mother Teresa West.

She was preceded in death by her step-father Larry Hamm.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the family has decided to postpone a Celebration of Life for Susan until the Spring of 2021.