Susan Jean (Swanson) Hansen 1952-2018
Susan Jean (Swanson) Hansen, born in 1952, went to rest on Aug. 11, 2018 after winning her ongoing battle against cancer several times.
Known around town as “Sue” or “Suzie,” she gave out hugs freely, rarely stayed in one spot too long and had an infectious laugh.
Sue was born on March 23, 1952 to Carl and Joanne Swanson. She grew up with brother Steve (wife Chris) and sisters Judy (Monte), Lori (Jim) and Bobby.
Growing up in Colbert and going to school in Mead, Sue spent her time growing up riding horses through Gymkhana and exploring the countryside back when North Spokane had a countryside. She met life-long friend Carol Morgan during this time and the two kept up through the ages, and were usually up to mischief in some form or another.
Sue eventually had to trade in her horse for a car and then fell in love with cars. While her siblings will say she went through a few cars, Sue always said that none of the accidents were her fault.
In 1980, Sue met the love of her life, Tony Hansen and the two were married four months later on Valentine’s Day in 1981. The two enjoyed 37 years of loving marriage and were regulars at Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church in Chewelah.
Tony and Sue adopted two children, Brandon (Morgan) and Joanna (Kenneth) and raised them up at their cabin just a short walk from Brown’s Lake. Tony and Sue created many memories for their kids, taking many trips, going huckleberry picking, digging for crystals, exploring the Beady Fish Hatchery, camping on the logging job with Tony, hunting with Tony as he once again got another prize buck, fishing at Brown’s Lake or that secret spot on the Colville River, birthdays, holidays with loved ones, watching the Grand Coulee Dam laser show and many more things that won’t soon be forgotten.
Sue loved life and those around her. She had nicknames for everyone whether they liked it or not. Roughly half the Hansen family is now known by the nickname as opposed to their given name thanks to Sue.
Sue lovingly restored a classic ‘55 Chevy Bel Air and could be seen cruising around town for many years. The family would tell how the car ran, but we were never allowed to drive it. She went to some car shows, but she and Tony also enjoyed just taking Sunday drives on backroads and highways to once again explore the countryside.
Browns Lake was the spot to be during the summer as she would throw her two kids in the Jeep and cool off in a hot Eastern Washington summer. She enjoyed swimming at the lake and then also water exercises up at the Colville pool.
She also loved doing arts of crafts, going to many craft shows with her friend Kandi. The two had a craft business for some time and she enjoyed creating things for gifts and decorations.
Sue would stop by to say hello in town if she saw your car parked outside a building. She liked knowing how everybody was doing, and was a worry wart, so she worried about everybody as well. Sue visited her mom JoAnne and father Carl in Spokane on a regular basis, going to the casino or dinner with them.
She loved her two grandkids Dakota and Randall and was full of smiles anytime they were around (even when Dakota colored something with markers she shouldn’t have).
She enjoyed all her TOPS friends, as she made their meetings up in Colville and took many trips.
Through her health issues she approached life with a smile despite many surgeries, treatments and pain. She didn’t let it define her, and was tough to keep up with as she stayed active.
We will miss her greatly but know that she is in a better place, full of peace.
Susan is proceeded in death by mother Joanna, father Carl, grandaughter Lilli and grandson Malachi.
Funeral service will be held Saturday Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic church in Chewelah. A potluck reception will be held afterward at the residence of John and Sherri Hansen on Cottonwood Road. Please come and share memories and photos.