Susan Elizabeth "Sue" Cannard
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August 24, 1945 ~ March 11, 2015
"We will miss her keen eye for the outrageous,
her ability to make adults and children
laugh at her stories, her girlish demeanor,
and her impeccable presentation."

Susan Elizabeth Cannard, was born Aug. 24, 1945, and died March 11th, 2015 in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, IA, and raised in Scottsdale, AZ.
Sue put herself through cosmetology school, working 18 years in Vancouver, WA and Boise, ID.
In 1987, she received a Bachelor of Science, graduating magna cum laude from the Walla Walla University School of Nursing, Portland Campus. Sue worked at Southwest Washington Medical Center as a home health nurse, and after receiving her surgery credentials began an 18 year career as a staff RN in surgery at the hospital. She completed her career as an orthopedic nurse at Rebound in Vancouver, retiring in 2009.
Throughout her life, Sue was constantly involved with helping others, championing her children's education, variably serving as PTA president, volunteer coordinator, and fundraiser. She was an active member of two nursing organizations, and served as a volunteer counselor for substance abusers and mental health victims. She was a mentor and always tried to give her best to others.
She loved games, taught anyone who would listen how to play canasta and rummy, and consistently beat them. Her passion for cooking yielded countless meals filled with fun and laughter.
Sue was a wonderful wife, mother,
grandmother, aunt, and sister.
Sue is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul; sons, Matt (Jen) and Sam (Laura); brother, Lyle Scott (Mary Lou); cherished grandchildren, Madison, Samantha, and Alexander; brothers-in-law, Dave and Don (Sue); and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She would have liked us to thank special friends, Ruth Showalter, Lisa Bowers, Lynda Woods, Krista Relling, and Michelle Larson, who provided her unending love and support.
She was preceded by her parents, Lyle and Vivian Scott; sister, Jolene; and daughter, Amy Elizabeth.
A Catholic Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Sat., May 2nd, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA, 98661, with reception and lunch on-site immediately following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation, Nurses Fund, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668, 360-514-3106.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 21, 2015.
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March 15, 2020
One of the nicest, vibrant, helpful, person I know. She was always laughing & full of fun
Jackie Price
March 15, 2019
Sue was such a Real sweet person who loved to laugh & So helpful if needed.
Loved her
Jackie Price
April 17, 2015
I miss you mom. I wish we had more time. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. I love you mom. Sam
Sam Cannard
April 17, 2015
You were a blossoming special presence in our lives over several decades, a special friend to my mother before Ruth or I knew you and the dearest, precious soul mate to my wife imaginable, which she and I are forever grateful.
Richard Showalter
April 14, 2015
Well, my dearest friend,

We have passed through many decades together in our hearts, though not always physically in the same locale. We shared so many stories, feelings and adventures and stayed connected whether close or far. You never ceased to amaze me. There is so much left unsaid and still to be said and done, but not in this place.

You knew you were loved by many, and now you know by so many more and how much. But, even more you know now of the great love our Father has for you, and we fervently pray at last you are at peace and in his loving arms.

Ruth Showalter
April 14, 2015
I treasure the memories of working with Sue in the operating room. Her bubbly personality brightened each day; her compassion was apparent to all. What a beautiful person in every way! My prayers and thoughts flow to her family.
Margaret Nelson
April 3, 2015
It was always a good day in surgery when Sue was assisting. She brightened the operating room by her presence.
Doug Myers, M.D.
April 2, 2015
Sue is deeply missed. I enjoyed working along side of Sue in Orthopedic Surgery at Southwest Washington Medical Center for many years. My extend my prayers to her family.
Tina Memsic
March 29, 2015
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Sue and her family. We knew her as a neighbor who loved to work in the yard.
John & Phyllis Clancy
March 27, 2015
From Scottsdale, AZ, to El Paso, TX, Sue and I traded summers as pre-teens and teens. Our mothers were sisters and we felt like we were too. Always helpful and giving, Susan let me wear her wedding dress. A piece of happiness and a story of proud determination has left our lives.
Corlea Plowman
March 27, 2015
You have my deepest sympathy. May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow. Psalm 119:76
March 25, 2015
Paul, Matt and Sam, I am so sorry for our loss of Sue. She gave me many funny memories that I will cherish forever . I'm sure all of our hearts are hurting . Love and prayers to your family .
Mary Hayden
March 25, 2015
I saw Sue at Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes years ago. I remember what a beautiful young lady she was with two absolutely well dressed & well-mannered sons by her side. Our paths crossed many times since then at Peace Health where we both were employed. Our faith was dear to both of us. My condolences to you her family who she loved with everything she had. God bless you. Pam Gillis
Pam Gillis
March 25, 2015
Paul and family. hard to understand the insides of a person's thoughts. We all knew her as a very bright light. We all loved Sue and her warmth. She will be so missed. Prayers and hugs to you all during this difficult time. Mary C
March 24, 2015
We will not forget Aunt Sue with her quick laugh and attention to detail and style. Her love for her family was beyond compare. She was so proud too of her grandchildren and was always swift with a story that highlighted each of their spirits and achievements. She always spoke of Paul in high admiration as a remarkable husband and man. Her sons Matt and Sam and their happiness meant a great deal. She would say that she wasn't worthy of her family, but we can only say that indeed we are better people for the fact that she was in ours.
Chris & Tina Cannard
March 23, 2015
I knew Sue when she was a hairdresser & attended meetings with her. we both worked for FEMININE TOUCH BEAUTY SALON,she in Vancouver & I in Portland or.
She once came over & helped me out in a pinch & I was so grateful! SUE was such a fun vibrant and BEAUTIFUL PERSON inside & out and anyone that met her knew this to be true.
Jackie Price
March 23, 2015
Paul, Matt and Sam,

I was so, so very sad to hear of Sue's passing. I will always remember her kindness toward others as well as myself and to my family. And her amazing laugh--I can hear it now, making everyone feel like laughing with her. Please take good care of yourselves and know you are in my thoughts. Love, Michelle Willows
March 23, 2015
I was so shocked to hear of Sue's passing. I will never forget her kindness to Jennifer when I was out of town on business and Jennifer needed her hair done for her ballet recital. Sue was there with her talent, kindness, and big smile. The family was a wonderful neighbor to us in Boise, God bless you all during this difficult time.
Judy Peavey-Derr
March 22, 2015
Brian's Aunt Sue has been a part of his life since he was a teenager. It is hard for us to imagine her not being there for family gatherings and all of life's events. We will always remember her welcoming smile, boundless energy and fun observations of life.

All our love and prayers for Paul, Matt and Sam and their families as they go through this difficult passage.

Love, Brian and Susan
Brian Cannard
March 22, 2015
We are so shocked hear of Sue's passing.Sue did my hair over 40 years ago and sadly for me and my hair, moved to Salt Lake City with you all. I know she realized her dream of becoming a nurse in her late thirties.
She was such a gem of a person with so much excitement for life. Our sincere condolences. Jeanne Simmons.
March 21, 2015
Paul, Matt and Sam,
My heart goes out to you and your family.
May your sadness soon be replaced with wonderful memories of your wife and mom.
Sue thought the world of you Matt and Sam, and was always quick to say how proud she was of you both.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tracie McClean
March 21, 2015
It is difficult to know that this vivacious bundle of energy is not with us any longer. She was always so much fun when I worked with her at HomeCare. I will always remember her big beautiful smile.
Jan Freeman
March 21, 2015
So beautiful and so gatherings will not be the same without her laugh.
Cheryl Cannard
March 21, 2015
We will always remember the fun times we've had with aunt Sue and miss her vitality, energy and love. All our prayers and thoughts are with uncle Paul, and cousins Matt and Sam during these difficult days.
David, Carolyn, Andrew, and Jonathan Cannard
March 21, 2015
I was Sue's partner at home health. She was a great friend and support. My best most humorous stories surround her. I will cherish my memories and miss her big smile. May GOOD memories fill you with peace and joy. I know you loved her deeply Paul,
Krista Daniel ( wilson)
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