Susan Deborah Sellers

September 6, 1959November 7, 2018
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A tribute to Susan …

Many people know Susan as one of the few remaining “native Seattleites.” What many people don’t know is that Susan was actually born in California, at Port Hueneme naval base in Ventura, CA. She spent her formative years there from Sept. 6, 1959 to November 1960.

To really know and appreciate Susan we must start at the end. Susan had a passion, a determination and a resilience to live life for as long as possible. As her doctor said, she was fierce, tenacious and had a will for life unlike few she had known in her years in caring for patients.

This was how Susan lived her entire life. She grew up in a difficult situation where she had to rely on this courage and resilience to get through each day. It was important to her to get a great education and she worked hard to get into Holy Names Academy. It was here that she developed a sense of compassion and understanding for those less fortunate than her, even though nowadays she would be perceived as one of those “less fortunate” individuals. With the help of the Catholic Church and through her own hard work at different jobs, she was able to put herself through school and graduate.

College was not an option for her financially, knowing this was the reality of her life she charged right into many years of working diligently to achieve her goals. One of her proudest moments was when she was the first non-college graduate to be hired as a territory representative by a prestigious carpet firm. She did this until she was blessed to have her first child, Shelby, after which she decided the time had come for her to be the loving and nurturing mother she had always desired to become. She and her husband Mike welcomed their second daughter Molly into the world in 1994.

Susan was a dedicated and caring mother who also felt a civic obligation to leave the world a better place for not only her children but for everyone. After moving to North Bend, WA in 1993, she volunteered her time at schools from pre-school all the way through high school. She was proud to have been involved in the “Safe Kids” task force and the “Save Meadowbrook Farm” efforts to name but a few of the causes that were important to her.

Never one to rest and with her relentless desire to give her children some of the opportunities she never had to explore, she returned to work when the girls were close to or entering college. She was fortunate enough to work for two different companies during her latter years where her bosses became lifelong friends.

Susan would not want us to remember her as a victim of cancer but as a warrior who battled as long as she could, lived life to the fullest while being fatigued and in pain, and retired her amazing life on her own terms – all while being a model of dignity, courage and humility – seldom complaining nor feeling sorry for herself.

Her children Shelby Rae and Molly Margaret Sellers, her husband Mike, her mother Alyce Alexander, sister Catherine Ghavamian and brother Steve Greiner survive Susan in life. Other family members include Scott Greiner, Jeff Greiner, Mike Samek and Joyce Samek.


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Sue Van Gerpen

December 6, 2018

Clowning at work!

Therese McDonough

December 6, 2018

I am saddened to hear my old friend passed away. I met Sue when I moved to Greenwood and it wasn’t long before we became good friends. She used to pick me up in her Grandmother’s car and we would drive to school together. We went on many double dates to dances at Holy Names Academy and Blanchet and concerts down at the old Paramount Theater. We worked together at a burger joint in Greenwood, the Kingdome and Husky Stadium. We worked at the Kingdome on opening night in the Press Box serving celebrities King dogs and King beers! Sue was always happy to go on trips over to Silver Sands in Sequim and cruising down at Golden Gardens. We held several Halloween parties together and had such fun seeing our friends dress up in crazy costumes. I was honored when she gave me her class key on Senior Day at HNA and again when she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. The world lost a good soul.

Sue Van Gerpen

December 5, 2018

Susan and I had the fun of working together daily. She took me under her wing and was a devoted mentor. The closer we became, the more we realized we had been put in each other’s path for a reason-we felt we were destined to meet and become friends. I am so grateful for the laughter and tears, the jokes and kidding, and the heart-to-heart talks we shared. I will always admire the ease and grace with which Susan shared the greatest gift of all - herself. Rest well, dear friend.

Iva Pfeil

November 26, 2018

I was privileged to meet Susan on one the crazy Seattle girls ski weekends. She was fun to be around and a huge inspiration to everyone. I never got the chance to meet her wonderful and supporting family, but I have heard a lot about them from my good friend Leslie. My sincere condolences to all, who will no doubt, miss her beautiful spirit.

Carol & Earl Whiteside

November 26, 2018

Susan was neighbor in Forster Woods.
She was the bright, shining face at our investment company.
She was on the Whiteside Warriors Relay for Life team.
She was a warrior, a supporter, a caring, lovely, funny woman who will be greatly missed and not forgotten.
May Susan rest in eternal peace.

Chris Grina

November 26, 2018

My condolences to the family for your loss. Our paths crossed many times over the last few years. Susan was a beautiful, gracious being, inside and out and I will miss her. I feel blessed to have known her, her kind heart and beautiful smile. Cancer took another of the good ones.

Carol Flores

November 26, 2018

We feel so blessed to have known Susan and shared in her life. She was an amazing woman. She always looked at life with the "glass half full", had a smile on her face and was the first person to step up to help anyone.
She loved her family deeply and kept them as the center of her world.
Her impact on all those who knew here will never be forgotten. She will be deeply missed.
The photo attached is one of the many crazy celebrations we shared when Susan was on our team. We always referred to her as "our fearless leader"...on and off the golf course!
Richard & Carol