Susan Houck Lounsbury (1933 - 2018)

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Susan Houck Lounsbury passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born on April 6, 1933, in Seattle, Wash., to Maxwell and Marjorie Houck, and attended Madronna Grade School, Edmond Meany Jr. High School and graduated from Garfield High School in 1951. A graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., she was affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. In 1955, she married Loren Lounsbury. They moved to Corvallis, Ore., where Loren completed his degree in Civil Engineering, returning to Anchorage in 1957. She resided there until the time of her death.
Susan's love of her family, friends and education defined her life. She was known as an "other-mother" to all of the kids in the neighborhood that grew up with her own children, as she always had warmth and kindness to share with anyone and everyone that encountered her. She was involved with McCauley Manor and led a troop of Girl Scouts, keeping the group together all through grade school. She also volunteered at Inlet View School for many years, continuing to shape generations after her own children were grown. While there, she shared her love of reading and writing, and her passion for the written word could be attested to by anyone that received one of her countless handwritten letters.
Susan's love of the arts was also paramount in her life; she was an incredible artist in many different mediums, and she always seemed to find the beauty in the world around her. She had a true love of gardening and her cultivation of flowers and plants helped share with everyone else the beauty that she saw. She was accomplished in embroidery, painting and beadwork, and the attention to detail that she exhibited in these mediums was telling of the work and love she put into the people in her life.
Susan is fondly remembered for her unconditional love, her huge smile and her funny, infectious laugh. She loved to talk, and her ability to talk to everyone, regardless of circumstance, ensured that she had friends wherever she went. She is survived by her husband, Loren H. Lounsbury; daughters, Laurel Lounsbury-Hunt, Sydney Lounsbury and Shandra Lounsbury; son, Patrick Lounsbury; grandchildren, Kayleigh Hunt-Akerberg, Joshua Hunt and wife Anna Creamer, and William Hunt; great-granddaughter, Teagan Akerberg; Paul, Diana and Brandon Rotkis; and the multitude of people whom she loved and who loved her.
Susan's ashes will be later placed in the Columbarium Wall at the Anchorage City Cemetery with her companion cat, Rose. Memorials may be made to Catholic Social Services Adoption Unit, Salvation Army-Anchorage Chapter or a .
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2018
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