80 Over Eighty Honoree – Sue Sharlot

Last year, Susan Sharlot turned 80 and now she jokes that 80 is the new 78. She believes that gratitude is hard-wired into us, and that gratitude is the enhancer of life. In her adult life, Susan has been a secretary, a wife and mother, a registered nurse, a lawyer, a volunteer, a nanny, a friend, a dog owner, a bridge player and many other things from time to time.

After an accomplished career as a nurse and lawyer while raising a family, Susan retired to pursue her passion as a “super volunteer.” It began at her local library in Westlake.

Susan’s volunteerism is unmatched. She says yes more than she says no, and at Family Eldercare we are grateful Sue rarely says no. In 2001, Sue was asked to join the Board of Directors of Family Eldercare. She generously agreed to serve and extended her commitment to also serve on Family Eldercare’s Lyons Gardens Board of Directors. She was well prepared for these roles having already worked at the capitol under the administration of Governor Ann Richards on The Texas Board of Housing and Community Affairs. During her service Family Eldercare developed the national award-winning affordable senior housing community Lyons Gardens in East Austin.

Her super volunteerism became more personal after going into remission from breast cancer. Susan joined the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin to help others facing this disease. On the BCRC, Sue helped to encourage other women in their struggles against breast cancer. Her passion for serving continues today as she is currently on the Westminster Board and Westminster Manor Association.

Sue is a Super-Volunteer, and an amazing and inspiring Austinite who’s motto in life is to “Be Grateful.” You may think Sue has sage advice but she says, “The best advice comes from Honey, with the small fee of a doggie treat.”


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