8 June , 19627 May , 2019

Heaven has welcomed a new angel, Susan passed away in her home on May 7, 2019.

Susan was welcomed into the world on June 8th, 1962 in Summerland, BC by her parents Juanita and Nicholas. She was predeceased by her dad Nicholas Even, her mother Juanita Panzer, (nee Ketter), her stepfather Gunter Panzer, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Susan had an amazing family; she leaves her husband, her childhood sweetheart Brian Nelson-Smith, her son Mathew (Janessa), daughter Megan (Garrett) and two beautiful grandchildren, Bentley and Avery. Susan also leaves her two sisters Lorrie, and Pam (Brad), her brother Murray (Tracey), her in-laws Ralph and Colleen Nelson-Smith, sister-in-law Lisa (Ray), and many nieces and nephews.

The amount of hearts Susan touched in her short time here on earth could never be counted or measured; she loved everyone she met, and they instantly fell in love with her. She was well known in the community for her generosity; Nelson-Smith Logging was a huge part of the Nicola Valley and supported many groups, including school bursary programs. Susan was always the first to lend a hand or give of her time volunteering to anyone who needed her.

Susan loved life and she lived life. She travelled to many countries, she enjoyed fine wines and fine dining. She always looked forward to concerts and live theater plays. She was comfortable in her fancy flip flops as well as getting down and dirty digging in the junk stores looking for pretty antiques. She loved attention to detail. Her home décor; every little thing had a special place, and her immaculate appearance was all thought through. She loved time spent on the golf course with her husband and friends, or summers at the RV lot in Vernon. Family gatherings or just spending time at the pool or DQ with her grandchildren made her smile.

Susan will be missed by many, but we can take peace in the fact that her love and faith in Jesus has her at peace. She will be seen in every beautiful thing we see, she will be felt in the softness of the rain or flower petals and she will be remembered every time we smell something pretty. Dimes were her sign from heaven and we can all take a moment to remember her as she throws them down into our daily paths.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Susan’s life will be celebrated on June 8, 2019. Services at Crossroads Community Church at 11:00, Celebration of Life Tea to follow at the Lower Nicola Community Hall 1:00.


8 June

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Crossroads Community Church

2990 Voght Street
Merritt, BC V1K 1C6

Reception to follow at the Lower Nicola Community Hall ~ 2383 Aberdeen Road Lower Nicola BC V0K 1Y0



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Karen & Russ McDonald

19 May 2019

Being able to say Susan is my bestest friend is a true blessing! But she was more than that...she was my Sister. The time we have spent together will be forever in my mind and heart!
Our sincere condolences go out to Brian, Mathew,Jannessa, Megan, Garret, Bentley, & Avery, as well as her entire Family & Friends...

Monika Abounassar

19 May 2019

Having known this Gem of a beautiful spirit for 15+ years, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and best friends. Susan and I had a wonderful friendship and although we didn’t see each other often over the past couple of years, we kept in touch on messenger and text. I will be forever grateful to her for her kindness, quick smile and love she shared so freely. I used to always joke that I want to be just like her when I grow up. Hugs to all

Viola Poirier

18 May 2019

This is so well written and so true of Susan. I knew her many years but only in the last few did I really get to know just how beautiful of a person she was. She really knew how to boost your spirits and was glad to help in any way. She really helped me get through a rough time and I will never forget her for that. My condolences to her family and Brian and those closest to her. She was a treasure to all.

John Smit

18 May 2019

Our sincere condolences to Brian and the family. I worked with Susan for many years while our family lived in Merritt, and I enjoyed her laugh and easy going nature. I am saddened and very sorry to hear of her passing.

Shelley Thompson

18 May 2019

Susan was always full of life so willing to help others and she was just the type that when you were with her you could not be down.
I had the pleasure of going to school with her for many years. I moved away and when returned it was like I had never left she will he sorely missed

Sharon Collins

17 May 2019

Susan you are loved by your family and many many friends❤️ You were a great friend from high school with your warm and generous heart.

Tammy Bangsund

17 May 2019

Susan you have given me the gift of remembering the importance of living life to the fullest, everyday, in every moment, enjoying the simplicity of a sunrise or sunset, the twinkle of Christmas lights, an afternoon drive with my husband, the beauty of Mexico, the smell of Light Blue perfume & hugging my precious children & grandbabies extra tight.
I will never take these gifts for granted ever again!
You will be remembered & missed by many ♡

Shelly Montreuil

17 May 2019

I have received 2 DIMES so far 🤗❤️🦋

Shelly Montreuil

17 May 2019

I have found two DIMES do far 🤗🎈🦋

Kathy Nokleby

17 May 2019

Oh Susie, my precious friend, I'm going to miss our sincere, funny and kind texts. You are such a genuine, sweet and beautiful lady. You've made a deepful lasting, loving impression on me that will last the rest of my life. So blessed to have had you as my sweet dear friend🙏 May you be dancing and golfing in heaven with your puppies, Mom and Dad. Love you💖❤💖