Obituary: Susan Anders
Ryan Summerlin August 14, 2014
Susan Anders, wife, mother, friend and accomplished artist, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at age 64.
Susan was born Sept. 7, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Melvin and Ruth Allender.
She graduated from Ottumwa High school with honors in 1967.
She continued her education in Fairfield, Iowa, at Parsons College, graduating with a teaching degree, with honors. She met the love of her life, Lloyd Anders, in the first month of college and they were married in September 1968.
Susan and Lloyd moved to Belmond, Iowa, where they built a wonderful life and raised their two children: David born in 1971, and Amanda born in 1975. Susan cherished being a wife, mother and homemaker. She also worked alongside her husband at his CPA firm. She was involved in her community as an EMT volunteer and training officer. She was also an active member of the Belmond Area Arts Council; as president she played an instrumental role in facilitating donations and construction of the Jenison Meacham Memorial Art Center.
Their love of the Rocky Mountains led them to Grand County in the mid-90s. They enjoyed skiing, hiking and time with friends in their mountain home, where their rejuvenated lives made them feel as if they were “born again.”
The last 15 years she has lived in Mesa, Ariz., where she enjoyed time with old and new friends, family vacations and trips to her favorite place on earth, Hawaii. She lived out her passion for the arts through various classes, groups, awards and friendships with local artists. She instilled a love for the arts in her grandchildren by sharing her talents with them.
She will be forever cherished and deeply missed by her husband of almost 46 years, Lloyd; son, David; daughter, Amanda Eichhorn (Kraig); and six grandchildren, Brody, Davis, Aidan, Avery, Monet and Gavin whom she loved very much.
She is survived by her dear sisters, Karen Allender and Sandra Seitz (Dale); brother in-law Rick Anders (Betty); and sister in-law Cathy Bailey (Steve Mahan).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mel and Ruth Allender, and Lloyd’s parents, Don and Mary Anders.
Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Las Sendas Trailhead Club in Mesa, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Susan’s favorite charity: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ 85215.