Official Obituary of

Sue Carolyn Thayer

June 16, 1935 ~ June 18, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Sue Thayer Obituary

Sue was born in Missoula Montana June 16, 1935. The family moved to Great Falls where her father worked during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Sue was in 9th grade when they ended up moving to Lewistown Montana. Sue graduated high school in 1953. That same summer she went to work at a local grocery store where she had been the previous summer. She met a young lad named Frank Thayer and they dated till she left for the University of Montana on a music scholarship. They continued to correspond and their relationship grew steadily through the mail. Frank and a friend were going to drive to Vancouver WA to look for work but detoured to the University to propose to Sue in the fall of 1953. Of course she said yes and they were married May 16, 1954. Frank worked for a distributor company and Sue as a bank teller in Lewistown. Sue insisted that Frank go to College even though they were barely making ends meet. Frank volunteered for the draft. After basic he was sent overseas. Nineteen year old Sue saved her own money, booked a flight to Frankfurt and joined her husband in Bad Nauheim where they both were able to travel Western Europe extensively.
Sue flew home to Lewistown on Military transport in her 5th month of pregnancy in 1956, Frank flew back in November.
Son Jeff was born Jan 12, 1957.
Winter quarter 1958 the 3 moved to Sues birth city Missoula so Frank could enroll at the University. The GI Bill was not adequate enough for family to live on so Sue went back to work as a bank teller and grocery clerk she was still able to run the household. Aug 11, 1960 second son Steve arrived. Graduating in 1961 Frank took a teaching job in Winlock WA. Sue gave birth to daughter Tonny Oct 11, 1962 in Chehalis WA. They spent the winter of 1964 in Vancouver WA where Frank received a call from E John Maier President of Peninsula College Spring of 1965 Frank was interviewed and hired to teach at the college level. The family packed up and moved and Frank and Sue have made Port Angeles their home ever since.
Sue was active in the community working as a bank teller, den mother for scouts, teachers aide at Jefferson school, she was president of the lady lions club, active in republican women's group and had a strong relationship with her Sisters at PEO. Sue was steadfast in her faith to God and Family enjoying her Bible studies, prayer chains and other functions at the Church. Sue enjoyed playing cards with other teachers wives and later with good friends from the church. Every grandchild would get a new knitted blanket when born and she loved to sew also. In the early 90's she was diagnosed with MS. 1992 Frank retired and they wintered in Apache Junction Arizona buying not 1 but 2 motor homes then putting in a modular home with more room for family and friends to visit. They were at the Golden Vista Resort with a beautiful view of the Superstition Mountains. They met many friends from Port Angeles that lived in nearby communities. Sue and
Frank traveled most of the United States and spending many Christmas time with Daughter Tonny and family in Texas. Despite the MS Sue enjoyed cruising the Panama Canal, Caribbean, Alaska and loved day trips to Lake Crescent just to look at the beauty our area has. She enjoyed many a BBQ with family and friends.
With the MS Sue declined quickly in June of this year and passed away 2 days after her 88th Birthday and a month after her 69th Wedding Anniversary. Steadfast in her faith to God her favorite Bible Verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jane, and daughter Tonny. Survivors are the love of her life Frank, her Brother Grady (Mary Ann) Plemmons, her sons Jeffrey ( Kathy) Thayer in Port Angeles and Steve ( Cheryl) Thayer in Idaho Falls ID. Grandchildren Tina Simpson, Joshua (jeanine) Thayer, Aaron Thayer, Adam ( Stacey) Thayer, Carl ( Becky) Peters and Lacey Peters Brauner. 13 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Many Thanks to Assured Hospice for providing care to all in our community. Big shout out to Anne, Michael, and Amelia. The nurses that gave the best care to our loved one. Services will be held July 20th 11:00am at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 301 E Lopez Ave Kristin Luana Baumann officiating Reception will follow the service Memorial contributions can be made in Sues name to Assured Hospice of Clallam County.
















































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Funeral Service
July 20, 2023

11:00 AM


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