Susan Leija O'Toole

May 13, 1948 ~ October 27, 2020 (age 72)


Susan Leija O'Toole (72) of Biloxi, MS, peacefully passed away with her son and daughter-in-law by her side at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport (MS) on October 27th, 2020.  Susan was born on May 13th, 1948 in Houston, TX, the second of three children to Josephine and Apolinar Leija Sr.  She is preceded in death by her parents; Apolinar and Josephine Leija, as well as, her eldest brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Estella Leija.  She is survived by her son, Patrick (Tiffany) O'Toole, grandchildren, Emerald O'Toole (4), Haley O'Toole (13), Caleb Johnson (13) and Noah Johnson (15), her loving brother, Vidal Leija, neices, nephews, extended family and cherished friends. Susan graduated Jefferson Davis High School (Houston, TX) and attended business school.  Fluent in Spanish and English, Susan excelled as an Executive Administrative Assistant at The University of Texas Health Science Center, where she retired in 2003 after 20 years of service. Even in retirement, Susan continued to work as a caregiver until 2019. Susan was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, shopping, and playing with her beloved border collie, Parker. Susan loved the Lord and her Catholic faith.  She was a firm believer in taking care of her health and made it a priority to make her checkups routine.  Susan was a hard worker and the breadwinner of her family. She was independent, confident, and bold -even feisty - some may say.  Always willing to help, putting others’ needs before her own, Susan was a caregiver by nature and enjoyed meeting new people along the way. Susan was very stylish, always seen with beautiful jewelry, glamour makeup, a gorgeous handbag, and always smelling heavenly. She had the most beautiful silky skin, amazingly blemish and wrinkle free. With her beautiful brown eyes and luminous thick black hair - that was always cut short and chic – Susan’s smile and laughter would light up a room! Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26 (NIV)  Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the O'Toole family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.

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