Hanford mourns sudden death of Superior Dairy co-owner

Superior Dairy will stay open

Hanford, Calif. - If you've ever been here to Superior Dairy, one of the most popular ice cream shops in California, chances are you've seen Susan Wing. She was a familiar face behind the counter. Investigators say the tragedy that took her life happened just a few blocks from the ice cream parlor.

Scoop after scoop of delicious ice cream in a generous helping producing decades of memorable moments for Valley families. Since 1929 this is what Superior Dairy continues to offer its customers in Hanford. One of the co-owners of this special ice cream shop was Susan Wing.  

"That was Susan. Get up, go over and help and that's her. She would've jumped up and that's what she was doing and unfortunately that's when the accident took place," said Susan's close friend Mickey Stoddard. 

Friday night Susan was trying to help a neighbor who was having a medical emergency when she was hit by a car trying to cross the street in the 1300 block of North Douty. Susan died, she was 64.

"I'm sure the community is going to be grieving for a longtime to come. It is tough. They're all tough, but there is more of a personal connection sometimes," said Chris Barker of the Hanford Police Department.  

Susan's friend Mickey Stoddard says losing her is a major loss for the community she loved and its signature ice cream shop, Superior Dairy. 

"She did everything with regards to the business end of the dairy. She was there everyday, early in the morning until her shift was over in the afternoon and back the next day happy to be there," said Stoddard. 

Without Susan, her neighbors and coworkers aim to carry on her selfless legacy, one scoop at a time.  
"It hurts a lot of people in this community. Yesterday at their home. Person after person came in the door. All walks of life. Yeah, she's going to be dearly missed," said Stoddard.  

Even after Susan's passing Superior Dairy remains open. I asked if there was any way people could help Susan's family in the wake of this tragedy. I'm told she had a real passion for animals, so any donations in her name to an animal based organization would be a good start and at the front register of Superior Dairy you can make a donation.

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