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Susan E. Beede May 2, 1947 - June 27, 2020

Susan Beede of Eagle, Idaho went to be with her Lord and Savior June 27, 2020 after a tough, two year battle with bvFTD dementia. Susan (Suzy) was born in 1947 and lived in West Virginia until her family moved to Colorado when she was 3 years old. She was the youngest of 5 children born to Amanda and Ben Bennett (Lee, Nancy, Don, Mary, and Suzy). The family settled in Boulder, Colorado in 1950. Suzy attended University Hills Elementary, Baseline Junior High, and Boulder High school where she developed many life-long friendships. After high school she attended Colorado State University and received a bachelor’s degree.
After several years teaching elementary school in Colorado, Suzy moved to Arizona to be near her widowed sister, Lee. While in Arizona, Suzy had the delightful experience of teaching in a one room school in Hillside, Arizona. The memories and friends she developed during that time were one of the highlights of her life.
In 1980 Suzy married the love of her life, Bob Beede from Fruita, Colorado. Bob had a veterinary practice in Sun Valley, Idaho when the couple first married. They later move to Eagle, Idaho. Suzy received a master’s degree from Boise State University. This advanced study allowed her to pursue her life’s passion of empowering students with dyslexia. Suzy’s heart was thrilled to help open the world of reading and writing to students in the 42 years she spent as an educator.
Suzy’s life and work were guided by a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Developing a personal relationship with God provided her joy, peace, and purpose in life. That faith sustained her in her courageous battle with bvFTD dementia.
Bob and Suzy hosted a couples Bible Study in their home for over 25 years. Suzy loved the outdoors and loved to fly fish. She worked hard at that endeavor in her later years always working to catch more and bigger fish than husband Bob.
Suzy was preceded in death by her parents, Amada and Ben. Suzy is survived by brother Don (Anneke), sisters Lee, Mary Gibbons (David) , and Nancy van der Hoop (David) plus many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephew, and great great nieces and nephews. Bob and Suzy also had “heart adopted” daughters in Idaho, Jenifer Stradley (husband Bill and Mark, Kinzy), Alicia Gaienne with daughter Reeve, Autumn Jorgenson (husband Chad, sons Cade and Cal) and Tracey Burden (husband Mike, Allison, Michael, Becca, Heather, and Brandy).
An online memorial service will be held from Cole Community Church in Boise on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. This service can only be viewed at www.colecommunity.org due to COVID gathering restrictions.
Suzy will be cremated, and her ashes spread along a trout stream. Arrangements are handled by Bowman Funeral Parlor for more information.
In lieu of flowers Susan wished any donations go to Glocal, a refugee support group affiliated with Cole Community Church 8775 W Ustick Rd Boise, ID 83704 or to the Vineyard Christian Academy 4950 N Bradley St Garden City, ID 83714 for Dyslexia support of students.
The family would like to thank Alison and the team at St.Luke’s Hospice for their of care of Susan.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com

Susan’s Tribute Video

https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/885YMWBHZ9W28GLM 

Susan’s Memorial Service

https://youtu.be/fPQmLbzXsRM

An online memorial service will be held from Cole Community Church in Boise on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. This service can only be viewed at www.colecommunity.org due to COVID gathering restrictions.

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    Mary Melkonian says

    I loved and worked with this brilliant. Kind soul at the Nampa School District. Memories, love and laughter are wished to her family.

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    Robyn Hill says

    Suzy was my hero. She had more integrity and kindness than anyone I’ve ever met. She was a leader in our district who would often have lunch with our lunch ladies and visit with our custodians. Suz loved everyone. If you were fortunate to know her, her love for the Lord and sparkle in her eyes was transcendent. I cannot express my gratitude for knowing her. She was a light in this world and her spirit will live on in her kindness and all she taught through her lessons and kindness. Love you always Suz

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    Lori D says

    Sue was a beautiful soul. I was blessed to work at Sherman school In Nampa years ago, when she was the Reading Specialist. Sue was a kind hearted and good person. Heaven has gained a beautiful light!

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    Rebecca Brady says

    I am truly hoping to meet this Beautiful Sister in Christ!
    You have my heartfelt sympathy for the temporary pain a nd loss of such a wonderful soul!
    My prayers for The Comforter to empower you with the Peace that PASSES all understanding in our Loving Lord and Savior, Yeshua.
    Sincerely,
    Rebecca Brady

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    Shon Eddlemon says

    What a truly sweet and kind person Suzy was. I worked for Bob and Suzy for 23 years and she always made me feel like I was part of her family anytime I was around her. Her larger than life smile and loving heart is something I will never forget. Peace and love to you and your family

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    Lyn Stallard says

    Dear Bob, I just heard from Norma Douglas about Suzy and I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweetheart from the time I met her at your wedding in the wilderness (that Marggie and I were late for and missed the ceremony.) You are in my thoughts and prayers and I often think about my favorite vet and her love for you. Sincerely, Lyn Stallard

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    Deena Pollard says

    I am so glad that I had the privilege of knowing Sue. I have many great memories of times we shared as neighbors. What a sweet person she was and gift to all of us who knew her. I’ll always remember her kindness and her great sense of humor–funny, funny stories! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bob. Ron and Deena Pollard

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    Regi Nachbar says

    Suzy had that holy, contagious, zest for life! Her radiance blessed everyone–God’s love in action.
    What a beautiful gift she was and will forever be. Sending our prayers and sincere condolences, Bob.
    Regi and Dick Nachbar

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    Tim Gardiner says

    Bob:

    I am in shock! My thoughts are with you. I cannot believe that it has been 40 wonderful years, since you got hitched at the “hitching post”….. (after we dragged you to it…. kicking and screaming.)

    Count your blessings to have have had a partner as wonderful as Suzy. She was a fabulous person, and the perfect partner to keep you on a “short leash”. Remember the good times, and be thankful that you could share 40 years together. I will miss her. She is very much a part of my history as well.

    With my sympathy and love. I will be thinking of you next Saturday.

    Your are in my thoughts.

    Tim

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    Ron & Kay Robinson says

    we are so sad to hear of your loss. May happy memories and friends help smooth the time ahead. You are so appreciated by us through the years. We grew up in Grand Junction. Such a small world.

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    Lori says

    Dr. Bob, we are so sad to learn of the loss of your dear wife Suzy. May you find comfort in the fact that she is at peace. Dr. Tim Murphy, Dr. Brady Renner, Lori Simmons CVT, Stephanie Field, and all the other staff of Animals R Us

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    Lucinda Eddlemon Hodges says

    What a sweet kind and loving person susie was. So sorry to hear of your loss. Definitely gone too soon in life. Prayers of peace to you and your family.

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    Denny and Holly Howell says

    To the beloved family:
    Sorry for your loss. Susie was such a wonderful person. We knew her as a friend and a neighbor for over 16 years. Thank you so much for including us as your “extended” family over the years. She will be truly missed. It is a comfort to know she is in the arms of the lord. God bless you…

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    Sherry Ridder says

    Sending all our love to you all. I have shared this with all of Suzy’s students here in the Hillside area. We all knew her as Miss Bennett. She was loved here by so many. My mom sends her love too Claylene. Her and Suzy was very good friends. God bless you all.

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      Melissa Jones (Missy Michael in school) says

      I was one of Sue’s students when she taught in Hillside, AZ. She was Miss Bennett to us (and is how I still think of her). She was a wonderful teacher who gave her all to her students. She was not just the teacher, she was also a friend. She lived in the teacherage next to the school, went to my church, and was involved in most community events. She was an integral part of my grade school years, and was by far my favorite teacher. All of the students were heart broken when Bob came and “stole” her away from us. 🙂 She loved much, and in turn was much loved. May God comfort you in the days to come.

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        Jodi Apolinar-Moody says

        Miss Bennett, Sue was my Elementary teacher at The Hillside School in Arizona. This was in the late 70’s. She taught a one room school house and all grades. She was a teacher 48 years later that I never have forgotten. She was so kind, so calm, so good at instruction.
        Her smile as beautiful, she was always happy and she loved her students. She built relationships with us all. And became a family friend.
        Heaven definitely gained a angel…..
        until I see you again Miss Bennet – Beede ….

        Condolences to her family

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        Jodi Apolinar-Moody says

        Miss Bennett, Sue was my Elementary teacher at The Hillside School in Arizona. This was in the late 70’s. She taught a one room school house and all grades. She was a teacher 48 years later that I never have forgotten. She was so kind, so calm, so good at instruction.
        Her smile as beautiful, she was always happy and she loved her students. She built relationships with us all. And became a family friend.
        Heaven definitely gained a angel…..
        until I see you again Miss Bennet – Beede ….

        Condolences to her family

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    Sherry Ridder says

    Bob first I would like to say Happy 40th Anniversary. Wanted you to know what a beautiful memorial for Suzy. My mom Claylene and I got to watch it. I was a Sophomore in high school when my mom and I went to Phoenix and helped Suzy pick out her wedding dress. We used to have so much fun together. And yes her beautiful blue eyes sparked. I personally can’t wait to dance with her in haven. God bless you all. If you are ever in are part of Arizona please look us up would love to see you.

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    Lance & Susan Nelson says

    Dear Bob, we were deeply saddened to hear about Suzy. There could not be a more kind or caring individual. She was truly a rare gem. When you look at the night sky, the brightest star is Suzy shining down on you. May the memories of her bring you comfort and joy until you meet again. Much love, Lance, Susan & family

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    Jenna Calhoun says

    Mrs. Beede was my first grade teacher in 1991 at Chief Joseph Elementary. I’ve thought of her fondly over the years, as her enthusiasm and brilliant teaching strengthened my love of reading and writing. Somewhere buried in a closet at my parent’s house is the first book I ever wrote, gently guided by Mrs. Beede. I’m so grateful to be one her students. She was truly a beautiful light in this world.

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