Susan Elaine Lanham

17 April, 195615 November, 2020
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Susan Elaine Lanham 1956-2020, age 64 of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Susan is survived by her husband, Grover Donald Lanham; her son Geoff (Stacey); her son Jordan (Raime); and late daughter Erica. She was a loving sister to Pam (Jeff); Doug (Valerie); Lisa (Greg) and late brother Steve (Cindy).

She was born to Avis Towne and Salem “Bud” Towne in Sodus, New York.

Her family and friends will always remember her as a loving mother and wife who enjoyed being with family and friends. She was an avid member of Timberline Christian Church and faithful daughter of God. Internment services will be held at 11am on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Fort Collins (8426 Hwy 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525).

In lieu of flowers, Don, Geoff and Jordan would like you to consider sending a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her name.


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Ginny Conahan

November 26, 2020

I knew Sue for many years and always thought she was one of the nicest people I had ever met. She was always positive and kind to everyone she met. Her demeanor was so gentle and yet she was a very strong person. She was never afraid to speak up for what she thought was right. I always appreciated that about her. She touched the lives of so many children, parents, and other teachers. She was an angel amongst us and now she is an angel in heaven. Bless you Sue, and your family. You are loved .

Donna Simonds

November 23, 2020

Dear Don, Geoff, and Jordan,

I am a classmate of Sue's from Sodus Central in NY. We were good friends. We were also cheerleaders together for the JV basketball team. We had great fun together during "cheer" seasons. Sue and I lost touch over the years but reconnected when she and her Mom visited Sodus several years ago. Since that time we made sure we sent each other Happy Birthday wishes and an occassional email.
I am so sorry for your loss ... it is still difficult to believe that my dear friend has passed away. Sue was such a caring individual ... she will always remain my good friend. Please accept my most sincere sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Don Geoff and Jordan, during this difficult time. May you treasure your memories and pass them on to your family members.

Most sincerely
Donna (Hermenet) Simonds

P.S. In the touching video you have shared, I am in the picture, of the group from Sodus, on the tubing hill. I'm standing next to Sue with the light blue ski hat.

Kathy Kosec

November 23, 2020

Sue was a quiet, gentle, kind person; a great mom and lovely neighbor. I remember her from Longaberger basket parties, our girls being in scouts together, her beautiful yard and her confident presence.
My heart breaks for Don, Jeff and Jordan. I can't imagine how much you miss her, but I think she is watching over you and helping you with her radiant guidance and love. Sending prayers that the pain becomes more bearable.

Kathy and Marty Kosec

Leslie Butler

November 21, 2020

Dear Family,
I can’t imagine the pain of loss that you feel and I wish you the best in your healing process. I worked with Sue at O’Dea Elementary as long as she was there, over a decade. I can honestly say that I am a better person having had her in my life. We always said a quiet happy birthday to each other on April 7th, not wanting to make a big deal out of it. She was always helpful, honest and willing. Her sense of humor was authentic and she helped me to see the bright side of things in the rare moments that I could not on my own. I saw her strength carry her through grief and I watched her heal through giving. My heart is heavy but my memories of her will lift me up. Her loving energy is part of us all now.

Katelynn Campbell

November 19, 2020

I met Sue a few years ago when I was working at O’Dea as paraprofessional. She quickly became a mentor to me as I was getting ready to start my own career as an OT. She taught me so much about being patient and finding the bright side in every situation. I used to joke with Sue that I wanted to be her when I grew up... which is probably why I am a school OT now. Her relationship and guidance meant so much to me over the last few years and I am going to miss her dearly. Every time I go into work and watch Property Brothers, I will think of you 🤍

My deepest condolences to all of her friends and family. May you find comfort and peace during this time.


Leah Goodrich

November 19, 2020

Dear Don and Family,
Sue was such a special lady. She was a mentor to me when I first joined the school district and we shared a school. She helped me more than she realized with her kind, above and beyond nature. I will never forget my time collaborating with her and the knowledge she shared. Her light and presence was always a blessing and she will be so missed. Lots of love to you all in this time of grief.

Leah Goodrich

Rachel Collier

November 19, 2020

Dear Don and Family,

Sue lived Beautifully!! Her smile, Peace, Faith, confidence, and strength have always both encouraged and inspired me. My heart is so heavy and also very full for her ....and for each of you.

Sue's Radiance of the One within her will continue to give warmth and light to our hearts.

Please know you will continue to be in my prayers in the days and months ahead. May you be overwhelmed by God's Grace.

Every Blessing to you each,
Rachel Collier

Becky Ruppel

November 19, 2020

Dear Lanham family,
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies. My mother, Joann and I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Sue through Longaberger. After my mother had suffered a stroke, she started hosting Longaberger shows under Sue. Sue was so incredibly kind and supportive to us. She made a huge impact in the quality of my mother’s life!
Even though I have not seen Sue for many years, she has always held a special place in my heart.
May God grant you comfort and peace.
Becky Ruppel

Vicki Mayea

November 18, 2020

I was Sue's OT cohort at O'Dea Elementary. We shared an office the size of a postage stamp. She was such a wonderful mentor and teacher to me. I was shocked to hear of her passing and know that everyone who knew her will miss her beautiful face, her patience, her expertise, and friendship.

Elena Dearth

November 17, 2020

Sue was my student intern when she re-entered the OT profession. She was an amazing person full of compassion. We teamed together through the years before my retirement. She was always full of positivity and kindness.