September 20, 1953 ~ May 8, 2012

Susan Furner - recent

Our beloved mother, sister and friend, Susan Marie Furner Felch, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in West Richland of an apparent heart attack.

Sue was born September 20, 1952 in Richland, the first daughter and second child of George T. Furner and Beth Millar Furner. From her youth, Susan was drawn to music. She learned the piano early and had a lovely singing voice. She was an attractive young woman and turned heads in Mexico during a school-sponsored singing tour.

Susan was briefly married in the late seventies and conceived her son, Derek, at that time. With the assistance of her mother and father, Sue raised Derek to adulthood. She dearly loved her son and expressed her affection for him at every opportunity.

We will always remember Susan as a kind and unassuming person, someone who was always approachable and friendly, a person of understated strength. She never had much money but she had a knack for creating friendships.

Sue has faced so many challenges and hardships in her life, including cancer in her later years. Through it all, she has kept a positive attitude which is extraordinary if not infectious.

For most of Susan's career, she worked as an executive secretary at Hanford. We sincerely appreciate the many fine people she befriended there. When Susan could no longer perform her job, many of those friends came to her home and offered selfless acts of kindness. These kind folks were there when she needed them. Thank you so much!

In like manner, Susan received other loving gestures from friendships she enjoyed after returning to the faith of her youth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have heard of their many kindnesses and of their gestures of faith. These many selfless individuals loved her back into full fellowship and helped her to enter worthily into the temple before her death. Thank you so much!

Susan is survived by her son, Derek (Stephanie) Felch; two brothers, Michael ('68) (Diane) and Kelly ('76) (Paula); a sister LuAnn ('74) and a brother-in-law, Rick (Tamara, deceased) Tuttle.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beth, father, George, sister, Tamara ('80), and brother, Jon.

Her funeral was held May 18, 2012 in the Paradise LDS Chapel, West Richland. Internment, Shelley City Cemetery, Shelley, ID.

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