LINCOLN — A happy-go-lucky outlook and a willingness to help others in any way she could marked the life of Susan McGill.
The Omaha registered nurse and mother of Lincoln State Sen. Amanda McGill died Saturday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cervical cancer.
McGill was just shy of her 61st birthday.
“She was an amazing and loving woman,” her daughter said.
Born in West Point, Neb., the former Susan Prinz got a nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
She worked for 30 years as a registered nurse at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha. Most of her career was spent in cardiac rehabilitation.
But she also poured herself into helping her two daughters with their careers.
Sen. McGill said people in her northeast Lincoln legislative district got to know her mother as well as they knew her.
The older McGill spent days knocking on doors during her daughter's campaigns and visiting the Legislature once she was elected.
More recently, she helped her other daughter, Valerie Retelsdorf, with her business, the American School of Karate and Judo in Omaha. McGill volunteered with the after-school program and summer camps.
Along with her daughters, McGill is survived by her husband of 34 years, David McGill.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 118th and Pacific Streets. Memorials are being directed to the new UNMC Cancer Center.