Susan Wetton Moudy

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Susan Rae Wetton Moudy, 72, died on Oct. 2, 2009, at Alaska Regional Hospital during her third battle with cancer. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A reception will be 1-4 p.m. at the Sourdough Mining Company. Please call Sue Hahn at 272-4245 for additional information. Susan was born Nov. 24, 1936, in Los Angeles, Calif., to John Seward Wetton and Sara Jane Hewitt. She was raised in Earlimart and Delano, Calif. Susan had many dear friends in Delano, and they remained dear to her until her death. In fact, at the time of her death, she had still planned to attend her 55th high school reunion with the class of 1954. Susan first came to Alaska in 1969, driving the Alaska Highway with her six children, four dogs, one cat and a parakeet. She returned with her children to Fresno, Calif., where she attended Fresno City Community College while working two jobs. She returned to Alaska in 1978, making her home in Talkeetna. She moved to Anchorage in 1990 and worked as an accountant for KPMG until her "retirement." Following "retirement," she worked for Mahay's Riverboat Service during the summers in Talkeetna, traveled during the winters, and worked in Delano for her lifelong friends Tom and Diane Hocking during tax season. In 1980, Susan joined Talkeetna Christian Center. In 1984, she moved to Bolivia with an outreach from the church. The time from 1980 until 1984 was among her happiest. The relationships forged during those years lasted until her death. While living in Anchorage, Susan began her relationship with a group of women who became her dearest friends. Between 1990 and 2002, Susan was a member of the local Sourdough Chorus and was the bass voice of the quartet Personality Plus. Susan loved all music, beginning with piano lessons from the nuns, playing with her family and friends at home and at church, and culminating in 2008 with her performing in the Sweet Adeline International Competition as a member of the Pacific Empire Chorus. The chorus took 11th place in that worldwide competition. While on a trip to New York City with the chorus in 1994, she performed onstage at Carnegie Hall, sang on the "Today" show, "Good Morning America" and "Talk Soup," and her chorus once took first place in the world-renowned Moose Dropping Festival Parade. Her family wrote: "Susan loved adventure, and she traveled frequently and fearlessly. She was always planning her next trip to Hawaii, New York, San Diego, or anywhere her airline miles or PFD would take her. While at home, she never wanted to miss a moment. She was never happier than when her family was together, and became the reluctant lead singer during family games of Rock Band. Each of her grandchildren had a unique nickname, was dearly loved, and will attest that he or she was Grandmother's favorite. "Susan could outwork, out-walk, and outsmart anyone at any age. Despite her stubborn and mischievous nature, her moral compass was absolute. She always told the truth, even if it hurt. She was always loyal, whether she agreed or not. She was a remarkable woman, a true friend, and a cherished mother and grandmother." Susan was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Wetton; her childhood friend, Diane Hocking; former husband, John D. Moudy; and three of her sons, David Duane and John Dudley Moudy and John Duncan Hoisington. She is survived by her former husband, Floyd Hoisington of Fresno; son, Michael Hoisington and daughter-in-law Valerie Staples of Jamul, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Andrea Hoisington of Wasilla; daughter, Sara J. Ellis and son-in-law James of Paradise, Calif.; daughter, Lora M. Nelson of Talkeetna; son-in-law, Patrick L. Nelson of Talkeetna; and daughter, Julia D. Moudy and son-in-law Timothy R. Watts of Anchorage; grandsons, Storm and Sky Hoisington, Jeff and Jason Hoisington, Matthew and David Nelson, Mitchell Carey, Atticus Everett, and Abraham and Oliver Watts; granddaughter, Hadassah Nelson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and dear friends. During her illness, Susan was cared for by these very close friends: Beatriz Mejia, Vikkilee Drover, Susan Hahn and Phyllis Kruger.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2009