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Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on December 11th, 2023, Sue Eloe vowed to fight the terminal prognosis as long as she could. Unfortunately, the first chemotherapy treatment set off a series of complications that ultimately led to her passing early on Saturday, December 23rd. Although her battle was brief, she fought valiantly to the end, very much in keeping with her spirit. A family that did everything together, Sue’s loving husband and two children were by her side when she left this mortal coil and gained her wings.
Susan Rae Hunt was born on February 17th, 1946, at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, CO. Her parents, Raymond and Zula Hunt, met just after World War II, where Ray was a belly/tail gunner in the air war over Europe. Zula met him during his recovery at Fort Logan Medical Hospital. The Hunts lived in Littleton, CO and welcomed three children: Sue, Linda, and Jim. All three graduated from Littleton High, with Sue leading the way in 1964. She was popular in her class and maintained close relationships with many of her classmates for her entire life.
Sue attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she had a little “too much fun” (her words) and ultimately decided to join the workforce by taking an administrative position at Martin Marietta. Around this time, a close friend of hers named Betsy Sanger (Coppock) set her up on a blind date with a handsome man named Donald, who managed the Columbine Country Club. They did not hit it off initially, leaving Sue to wonder if Don might be a little “too mischievous.”
Perseverance, along with some “serious civilizing” (still her words!) paid off, and Donald and Sue finally married in March of 1968. It was a wonderful marriage that lasted nearly 56 years…even with all the legendary April Fool’s Day mischief and other fun pranks.
Their marriage produced two children, Brian James and Stephanie Laine Garrett (Eloe). Sue approached building her home and family with tremendous pride and vigor. Everything she did, she did at 100% - from being on the PTA to getting on the Little League board, while still finding time to pursue her love of gardening, sewing, and a then newfound hobby of growing orchids. This orchid hobby became a central passion of midlife and beyond, with her becoming a world-accredited judge. She even identified and named a new species of orchid during one of her judging trips. When Brian and Stephanie became more independent, Sue rejoined the workforce as an accountant, and eventually started her own firm. She led Accountants Plus successfully for almost 20 years until her retirement in 2015.
Perhaps Sue’s greatest attribute was her ability to foster loving relationships in every aspect of her life. From classmates to groups surrounding the kids’ activities, and those surrounding orchids, accounting, needlepoint, and even Mexican vacations, they were full of deep friendships that lasted many years. Her golden years were spent nurturing those bonds and welcoming new ones in the form of in-laws and grandchildren. “Nana” loved her grandkids, often leveraging her tremendous skill in needlepoint to create seasonal decorations to delight them all. Even as her health declined due to COPD and then ultimately cancer, Sue passionately maintained her home, garden, and needlepoint craft, all while keeping in touch with “her people” to the very end.
Her boundless energy, infectious smile, and happy little giggle will be missed immensely.
Sue is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; her son, Brian; her daughter, Stephanie; and her four grandchildren: Sawyer, Peyton, Sofia, and Sydney.
Services to celebrate Sue will be held on Friday, February 9th at 11AM, at Drinkwine Family Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family has created a tribute page on PANCAN.org to collect donations for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
The link is: http://support.pancan.org/goto/Sue_Eloe