Friends and family gathered Saturday night at Helen’s Hilltop Bar in Tonganoxie for a candlelight vigil in honor of Lawrence woman Susan Fuller.
“She made a heck of an influence on everybody,” said Phil Fuller, her ex-husband, as he spoke with friends outside Susan’s home Saturday evening. “I don’t think there was any person she met that didn’t like her.”
Fuller, 35, was killed Friday night, about a mile from her home, when police say she lost control of her motorcycle and swerved into the path of an oncoming car near the intersection of 27th and Missouri streets around 8 p.m. She was transported by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The occupants of the passenger vehicle were not injured during the accident.
Phil described Susan as a fun-loving person who had a passion for painting and motorcycles.
“She loved it,” he said of her quick taking to motorcycles. She began riding about four years ago on the back of Phil’s motorcycle, but he eventually gave her one of his bikes because she enjoyed riding so much.
Friend Sarah Pelton said that every year for Susan’s birthday, they would organize a motorcycle “Poker Run” ride around the Lawrence area, and that friends hope to conduct a memorial ride for her in the future.
Phil said that he and Susan moved to Lawrence in 1999, and that she had worked for Huhtamaki in De Soto until recently. Phil said that her funeral will take place in Illinois, where she is originally from.