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Susan Edwards


Susan Diane (Smith) Edwards was born December 4, 1946 in St Ignatius, MT to Wilma Jean and Samuel Devon Smith. Susan died on August 20, 2014 from complications of cancer in Goldendale (Ponderosa Park), WA.

Susan met her husband Bruce while they were attending Eastern Washington State College in Cheney, WA. They were married on June 10, 1967 in Cheney while Bruce was serving in the United States Army. Sue and Bruce honeymooned during their journey to Fort Bragg, NC.

Sue and Bruce moved to Richland, WA in 1968 and resided there until moving to Ponderosa Park in May of 2003. While in Richland, they raised two beautiful children; Devonna (Vonnie) and Brian. Vonnie and Brian gave them five amazing grandchildren; Derek Chartrand, Danielle Chartrand, Trevin Edwards, Alana McCord and Brycen Edwards. Sue is also survived by her brother, Samuel Richard Smith and sister, Kim Marie Selby and their spouses; Terri and Roger, Loving daughter-in-law Tracy Edwards and Son-in-Law Dave Rowette as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Sue loved traveling, which she and Bruce did in their motorhome. They crossed the United States five times, averaging 50 miles per day each way, each time, largely traveling the “Blue Highways”, continually amazed at the variety and grandeur of our country. She also enjoyed; fishing, hiking, back packing, cross stitching (her Seahawks Christmas Stockings are a prized possession within the family), researching her and Bruce’s ancestry, and, most importantly family.

During college Sue was president of her sorority during its transition from a local to an affiliate of the national sorority Alpha Xi Delta. She worked for US Bank as a Personal Banker for 15 years. She also was a member of Soroptimists International, participated in Back Packs For Kids, was a member of The Red Hatters, Treasurer for the Richland, Washington American Little League and Pony League and was active in PTA during her children’s school years.

She was a loved member of the community in Ponderosa Park and will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of Sue’s life on Aug. 30, at 11 a.m., at the Goldendale Grange, 228 E Darland, Goldendale, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


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