Eleanor Sue Fowler

November 25, 1939May 11, 2018

Sue E. Fowler (Eleanor Sue Fowler) of Yakima, Washington passed away on May 11, 2018 after a long battle with illness.

She was born on November 25, 1939 in Bellingham Washington to Mary and Floyd Rideout. She married Ray Fowler on June 8, 1957 in Paso Robles, California. Later moving to Santa Maria, California where she worked in the food service industry. In December 1978, she moved to Yakima, Washington and continued her 55+ year career in the food service industry. She worked in banquets at the Town Plaza and M & M Catering, where she touched the lives of many of the youth she worked with in the Yakima Valley.

She loved to travel the country especially by train. She was able to enjoy this passion of hers during a visit to China. She also enjoyed visiting Scotland, France and London.

Sue is survived by her Mother Mary Rideout of Senora, California; her children-Daughter Sally (Rudy) Zamora of Bonney Lake, Washington; Larry (Sonya) Fowler of Yakima, Washington; Jason (Tracie) Fowler of Yakima, Washington; her 3 sisters - Kathy Guyette of Barton, Vermont; Betsy (Ron) Borda of Jamestown, California; Cindy (Schuyler) Wiersum of Cave Junction, Oregon; and one Brother - Dennis Rideout of Yakima, Washington; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Sue is preceded in death by her father Floyd Rideout, and her lifelong friend and companion Ray Fowler.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the Chandler House for all the love, support, and care given to Sue.

A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations be made in honor of Sue E. Fowler to the Chandler house.


  • A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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John Johnson

July 1, 2018

Sue was the greatest restaurant boss I ever had, and I had many. She taught me more about food service than anyone else. She let me in the catering business before I was 18, and then she spent countless hours showing me how to do it correctly. More to the point she knew the importance of food. Sue always made sure we got to eat after serving and picking up dishes. She was like a mother to me. Sue taught thousands of us kids how to work, and how to do it properly with dignity and respect. I wish my own kids had the opportunity to learn about life in the food line from Sue.

Jason, your mother was an incredibly resilient person who will never be forgotten.