Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Susan Ruth Kristofferson
October 28, 1958 – September 9, 2019
Susan Ruth Kristofferson, 60, of Rocheport, MO, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at University Hospital in Columbia, MO.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. A Celebration of Life service will follow at the church at 11:00 am with Rev. Matt Kearns officiating.
Susan was born on October 28, 1958 in Veblen, SD, the daughter of Rodney James Hill and Audrey Mae (Berg). She was a wonderful daughter, loving sister, caring aunt, empathetic mother, cherished Nina, devoted foster mom, and faithful friend to so many through the years. Susan took joy in serving others with her endless generosity and hospitality. She was actively involved in her community in Rocheport, MO and never knew a stranger. She was a devoted follower of Christ and was quick to encourage and pray for anyone she met. Although she fought her brain tumors for 15 years, she never complained, only showed sincere concern for how everyone else was doing.
Susan is survived by her parents; her two children, Dustin Jensen (Evelyn) of Bloomington, MN and Lacy Hardin (Cody) of Columbia, MO; two grandsons, Hayden and Parker Hardin; three sisters, Cindy, Rachel, and Debbie and two brothers, Robert and Dennis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203.
- Susan is survived by her parents; her two children, Dustin Jensen (Evelyn) of Bloomington, MN and Lacy Hardin (Cody) of Columbia, MO; two grandsons, Hayden and Parker Hardin; three sisters, Cindy, Rachel, and Debbie and two brothers, Robert and Dennis.
2201 W Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Susan Ruth Kristofferson
September 17, 2019
I am so very sorry for all of the family of Susan. I have known her since high school and though I live in California and all we could have was long conversations on the phone,I will treasure that time. She was an angel on earth and was the kindest, sweetest, most positive person I have ever met. Her courage and faith were so inspiring and she deserved so very much happiness. She loved being a Grandma and enjoyed any time that she had with her grandsons. Her family and their well being meant everything to her. I will miss her cards and letters as they always were filled with such great words of wisdom and I am going to miss talking to her so much. Love to you all, Jackie
September 17, 2019
I believe that people come into our lives for a reason. I am so thankful that Suzy came into mine. We met in the early 2000’s in Knoxville, IA and knew that we would be friends for life. We were more like sisters really-she signed cards “Love, Sistah Suzy”. Always thoughtful with card giving, the last one she sent said, “Remarkable lives leave impressions on the hearts of others.” She has left a beautiful impression on mine. Generous, warm, giving, caring, kind, funny, spiritual are only a few attributes that describe her. Also her positive outlook despite health challenges was amazing! Being a mom and grandma was her greatest joy. We shared many wonderful stories together! I will miss our long conversations and her wonderful laugh and sense of humor. I pray that her legacy will be kept alive by family and friends sharing memories and stories of her life. I am so very thankful that Suzy was a part of my life and I am inspired by the wonderful life she led. I pray for peace and comfort for all who knew her. I found the following poem I would like to share.
Her Journey’s Just Begun
Don’t think of her as gone away, her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets-this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears, in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days or years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today that nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched...for nothing is ever lost-and she was loved so much.
September 16, 2019
I am so sorry for you loss. I met Susan at the General Store in Rocheport. She was always right there with a hug--very kind & caring. I am happy our paths crossed.
Penny Emery Helgeson
September 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I remember Sue when she, Dusty and Lacy attended church and Sunday school at Wahpeton, ND United Church of Christ. She was a wonderful person and sweet kids. Sympathy to all the family including Margie, Georgia, Dennis and Deb.
September 12, 2019
My dear, dear Susan has passed on ahead of us all. I’m more heartbroken than words can ever express. I met Susan when she and her family lived on Scott Blvd. Soon afterward they moved two blocks from me! We were members of the same church community at Woodcrest Chapel. I always felt protective of Susan as if she was my little sister and indeed she was. She amazed me with her generosity and welcoming warmth. I’ve never met a more beautiful spirit that enveloped not only me and and my family but everyone blessed enough to feel her Christian love. She was so witty and charming which led us to share many funny stories, giggling like little girls as we’d once been. We shared struggles and trials, too, that can only be shared among hearts knitted together in love. We were prayer warriors. I can still feel her gentle, cool hand in mine as we fought the dark side together. Occasionally, in the past, people had said she could or should have had a career but she told me all she’d ever dreamed of being was a wife and good mother to her children. She was beyond proud of the successful adults Dustin and Lacy had become. I look forward to the day we are united in heaven so I can witness all the miraculous ways our Lord used her to change the world for the better. She mothered not only her own two children but also for a time a niece, fostered many newborns (I’ve lost track of the count), served as a nanny to other households after her own children had grown, spreading cheer in the midst of severe health challenges, most often with a twinkle in her eye. I take comfort that she felt safe in Rocheport as she nested into the lovely home she had made her very own. I know being Nina to her grandboys, and now looking forward to her new arrival was her greatest delight for some time now. I pray the loss her family is feeling will be gently replaced by the joyfulness she spread throughout life. She now assuredly hears “Well done, My good & faithful servant!”
September 12, 2019
I met Susan after she first moved to Columbia, Missouri while I was doing a welcome visit, about 20 years ago. We became friends immediately. Susan had such a loving spirit, but was full of strength too. A few years later we were at lunch together, when I noticed how light sensitive she was. I called her doctor right then and described what I was noticing. Unfortunately, that was when they found the first large brain tumor. Even tho they were benign, they were aggressive, and she fought valiantly, with God’s strength, for years. Her faith was so strong and her spirit was so positive. She always took time to ask about others, send beautiful cards with encouragement, etc. In fact, I received one recently from her, because in spite of her own challenges, she cared that my husband has ALS. I will treasure it forever. My heart hurts because I will miss her so much, and our long conversations over coffee or lunch., etc. She loved caring for young children, and her grandsons were her pride and joy, along with her daughter Lacy, and son Dustin. She was so proud of them and loved them deeply. I thank and praise our Lord for taking her home to rest and be renewed. I look forward to seeing this dear friend again, in Heaven. Susan, you were deeply loved in life, and will be deeply missed until we meet again. 😭❤️Lord Jesus, please comfort her loved ones as they mourn and miss her. Amen. May we all realize how quickly this earthly life can change.
Darla and Joel Gunderson
September 12, 2019
Dustin and Lacey we are so sorry for you loss. Your mom was a wonderful person I have many wonderful memories of visits with her when you lived in Hutch. God bless you as you grieve.
September 11, 2019
Dustin, Lacy and families, I am so sorry about the passing of your Mom. Susan was my best friend and although we were separated by many miles, we kept in touch. We talked, laughed, and sometimes cried during our 2, 3, and even 4 hour conversations. I will miss hearing her voice. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Love, Polly