Susan Elizabeth Killian, our beloved wife, mother, Grammy, sister and friend, let go of her eight-year battle with breast cancer on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, to find healing and eternal happiness with God.
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Susan was born Nov. 15, 1947, in Glendale, Calif., to Robert and Helen (Sheehan) Doane.
In 1973, she married Ken Killian. They moved to Seattle, Wash., where they had two children, Amy and Robert. Susan and Ken loved to travel and showed their children the world. Whether they were lying on white sandy beaches, touring European cathedrals or exploring South American jungles, Susan loved their adventures. In 1993, Ken and Susan purchased property in Ken's home state of Montana and began building their dream home. They lived in the mountains east of Bozeman surrounded by mountains and moose.
Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, but neither illness nor treatments could keep her from enjoying life to the fullest. Susan will be remembered for her strength and selflessness, her smile and laughter, her unwavering devotion to her family, friends and God.
Susan is survived by her husband, Ken; her daughter, Amy (Alex) Zukowski; her son, Rob Killian; stepsons, Chris (Bev) Killian and Steve Killian; stepdaughter, Kim Killian; her sister, Colleen (Richard) Lewis, who lived with Susan and Ken since the age of 10. Grandchildren, Jessica Killian, Mykala and Tristen Killian, Chad Celk, Kensey Brupbacher and Madison Lewis; as well as brother, Robert Doane; sister, Patricia Pederson; and many special friends also survive her.
A private Mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center or The Wellness Community would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 13, 2009