Our beloved sister Susan passed away surrounded by family, on October 11, 2022, at the age of 72. Susan was born May 24, 1950, in Mt. Pleasant Utah. Susan was the first child of Max Leon Stevenson and Maxine Garbe Stevenson (Shepherd). She was raised in Ephraim, Utah with her sister and three brothers.
Susan truly loved learning and it showed in how she excelled in school. In Junior High School, Susan earned the honor of presenting the Yule Candle to the chosen recipient. She graduated from Manti High School in 1968 and was the Valedictorian. In 1970, she earned her Associates of Arts Degree at Snow College and was Valedictorian once again. In 1972, she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She continued her education, graduating in 1999 with her Master’s Degree in Education and Instructional Technology from Utah State University. Here she received the Outstanding Instructional Technology Student Award. During her years of education, she also earned many, many more honors and awards too numerous to list.
Susan worked as hard at her career as she did with her education. She was often the first one at work and the last one to leave. She worked for 41 years at Snow College in various departments and loved her interaction with students and staff alike. Here she gained many lifelong friends.
Susan enjoyed spoiling her nieces and nephews, cuddling with her cats, walking with friend Mat Barreiro who shares her love for animals, spending time with her friend Nathalie, reading and traveling, especially church history tours and trips with family.
Susan was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings. Her talent and love of music and playing the piano and organ were utilized for many years in her callings. She spent many years playing the piano for Primary, and truly loved being with the children there. Susan served a mission in the Rosario, Argentina mission. Susan loved performing in the Messiah and did for many years. Susan’s faith was her strength. She loved the Lord and prayed earnestly for her loved ones and was so grateful for her blessings. She focused on others and never herself. Through trial after trial, she put her faith in the Lord and never complained. She truly let God prevail. She was a great example of enduring to the end.
Susan loved her family with all her heart. She lovingly cared for her mother in her last years. Though she technically had no children of her own, she was blessed with many nieces and nephews, whom she loved and cared for as her own. She blessed their lives, and they blessed her life in return. She would do anything for her family, friends, and neighbors and was a great example of Christ-like love.
Susan is survived by her siblings: Ron (Freddie Ann) Stevenson, Gary (Becky)
Stevenson, Sandra Conner, Rob (Jody) Stevenson; 13 nieces and nephews, and 24 great nieces and nephews, stepbrother Jake (Shannon) Shepherd. Preceded in death by her parents, stepfather and 2 stepsisters.
We are so grateful for Golden Skyline Assisted Living for the kindness and care they gave Susan in her last few months and especially her last few days. We also greatly appreciate the love and care Gunnison Home Health and Hospice showed Susan in her final days.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ephraim 6th Ward Chapel, 450 North 200 West, Ephraim. Friends may call at the Church on Friday, October 21, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and also prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Ephraim Park Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com