In Memoriam Sally Donellon February 1, 2002
Sally Donellon joined
the Professional Women’s Network in 1981.
She became president in 1988.
To those of us who knew Sally, we will remember her as a kind, compassionate woman who excelled in sales and marketing, and achieved success, first at Crazy Shirts, then as president of The Custom Company, a local logo-wear company. Sally was an excellent teacher (she had an ME degree in educational psychology) and served as a special-education teacher and director of a UH research project. Sally was an avid runner, skier, networker and supporter of child services. But most of all, we remember her as being strong, but sweet, determined to live life to its fullest even under adversity, to always smile and share her aloha with her husband, her young son and daughter, her family and her friends.
Her favorite quote were these words by Helen Keller: “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another.”
Sally Donellon touched all of us who knew her with her indomitable spirit. She will be deeply missed.
September 9, 1930 – December 8, 2012
In 2011, Susan Aiu was made a Member Emeritus of the Professional Women’s Network. She had joined the Network in 1979 when it was called the Network of Marketing Women and remained an active member until she moved to Washington state in July 2010, after 50 years in Hawaii,
Those of us who knew Susan remember her for her colorful hats and color-coordinated outfits; her lovely hula, and her ability to tell each of us “what to do and where to go.” Susan, first a professional photographer, was certified as a professional astrologer in 1981 and created the first Psychic Fair in Hawaii at the Crater Festival. Susan had several astrology TV shows, and a weekly Monday spot on KSSK for many years. She also produced the telephone Astroline with daily astrological messages that ran for 20 years.
Susan Aiu was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, precisely at 7 a.m. (significant to an astrologer) on September 9, 1930. She was a descendant of the Daughters of the American Revolution and her great, great, great grandfather was the 13th governor of Kansas. Besides Michigan, Susan lived in Ohio, Florida, Missouri and Washington state; but always considered Hawaii as her home, A talented singer and musician, Susan played the ukulele and continued to study and dance hula through her 80th birthday. A highlight of her life was the two trips Susan made to England for the Astro Conference in 1997 and 1999, where she visited Stonehenge and crop circles.
Susan Aiu suffered a stroke at home on October 31, 2012. She was taken to the hospital where she died on December 8, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Malia Lewis, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Malia sent these words, “My mother was a great mom and grandmother. Having lived so far apart for so many years, I am so happy we were able to get to know each other again, to reconnect, even though it was too short a time. I miss her dearly.”