Susan "Susie" Gulla-O'Leary, loving mother, beloved sister, adored daughter and accomplished local artist passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2017.
Susan is survived by her parents Marinell ("Mickey") O'Leary and Bradley S. O'Leary; her children Christina Gulla Radke and Anthony Gulla and stepson Michael Gulla; her sisters Ann O'Leary Weems, Lynne O'Leary Sargent, Shannon O'Leary, Erin O'Leary and McKenzie O'Leary Taylor; her 12 nieces and nephews; and her two sweet puppies, which she called her "other babies," Baby and Cassie.
Born October 18, 1956, Susan spent her early childhood in St. Louis, Missouri and as a young girl moved to Austin, Texas with her family. In Austin, Susan created her beautiful life, full of love and affection, faith and spirituality, creativity and passion – all with her nurturing spirit and lighthearted, mischievous sense of humor. It's no surprise that her greatest passions in life are now her gifts to us: her warm-hearted children and inspirational artwork.
Susan's children were the center of her universe, and their happiness was her purpose. She proudly watched both Christina and Anthony follow in her footsteps – from building successful careers in real estate to inheriting her infectious positivity and zest for life. Inspired by God's overwhelming beauty in nature, she used her artistic talent to channel her love for life onto canvas and into sculpture. Among her many achievements, her talent can be appreciated at The Beehive, an historic landmark and the namesake of the City of Bee Cave, Texas.
Susan had an inspiring way of finding beauty in everything, even in the most unlikely of times or places. Her everlasting positive attitude continues to be felt by everyone she met. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the opportunity to know her.
A celebration of Susan's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27 at Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Susan's family encourages attire reflective of this vibrant celebration.
Susan shared her passion for art by teaching at museums and schools throughout Austin and in lieu of sending flowers, her family welcomes you to contribute to the Bee Caves Art Foundation (sculpturesofbeecave.org) or to any of Austin's SAFE programs (safeaustin.org/get-involved/give/donate).