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Susan Ann Els

November 23, 1941May 7, 2021
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Susan Ann (Coombs) Els, who was 79 years old, passed away at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport on Friday, May 7, 2021. She was born in Spokane on November 23, 1941, the daughter of Donald and Evelyn (Talkington) Coombs.

She graduated from Harrington High School in 1960, where she was active in band, the school newspaper, and tennis. She attended Washington State University, graduating in 1964.

On June 20, 1964, she married James H. “Jim” Els, also of Harrington, at the Harrington Community Church. They soon moved to Richland, where Jim worked as a pharmacist. In 1967, they moved to Spokane where they bought a house and started a family. In 1975, on the retirement of her father Donald, they and their two children returned to the Coombs family farm, which they successfully ran until Jim’s retirement in 2011.

Sue was an avid golfer and long-time member of the Harrington Golf and Country Club’s women’s’ league. Sue was a member of PEO for more than 50 years. Jim and Sue were both members of Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport.

Sue was an avid traveler: sightseeing, skiing, and cruising around the world with Jim over the years.

In 1965, Jim and Sue took up downhill skiing, and embraced the sport enthusiastically, hitting the slopes every winter. For over 50 years they favored Schweitzer Mountain; in fact, Sue was still on the slopes there in February of this year, calling that month’s snow “some of the best of my life.”

She is survived by her husband Jim, son Brian, daughter Rebecca, grandsons Henry Els and Robert Bitcon, and granddaughter Anna Sophie Els.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Hospital Foundation, the Harrington Opera House Society, or the Harrington Golf & Country Club.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 Am, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1007 Washington Street, Davenport, WA.

Private family interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington, WA

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Terry Timm Moos

May 21, 2021

To Jim and the family, I send my condolences on the loss of wonderful Sue. On the infamous Ritzville school bus route, Sue was always the last to be picked up - and she always boarded the bus, smiling and greeting everyone for that last mile - she was very cool! I always enjoyed talking to her at the Fall Festival, and will miss those visits. I know she is now a beautiful angel, and I hope your memories of her will bring you joy.

sharon Buck

May 13, 2021

She was one of the nicest people I knew. Always had a smile on face
she will be missed by so many. Another angel in heaven.

Michael Hardy

May 13, 2021

Love to Jim and the rest of the family - I was blessed to know Sue for quite a number of years. She was a lady that I was blessed to share the part of her life, that had to do with technology. Some older people - say - I can't do that or - it's too late in life for me to learn to do that - not Sue... We had a fabulous time of it... I won't leave Jim out - he too will take on a tough challenge - But - the thing is... When the appnt. was over - she was always special to ask - how I was doing - how my wife, son and daughter-in-law and my Cousin from the coast was doing.. that was so... Special - sometimes...I was asked for lunch. So I was especially blessed to know Sue. Toward the last we shared our faith together - she liked that... She said, "Knowing you are praying, gives me strength" Rest of the family...... you have a wonderful heritage .. Condolences to all.. I remember you Robert (Robbie), being there, at the house after school - allot - and I close this out with something special - that only you and I - will understand... Thinking of you at this time..... Fenton

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