Suzan Marie Armstrong-Silva (50) of Anchorage died surrounded by her family on June 12, 2012 at Alaska Native Medical Center due to complications with lung cancer.
Suzan was born in Anchorage on August 15, 1961 and raised in Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau by Lawrence T. Armstrong and Barbara Joyce Devore, who both preceded her in death. She graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Suzan worked for the State of Alaska for almost 20 years. She spent the last nine years of her state employment in the office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman where, in her positions as Assistant, Deputy and Acting Long Term Care Ombudsman, she advocated for a higher standard of care and quality of life for the long term care residents of Alaska.
Suzan left government employ in 2005 to pursue artistic interests. Having been a regular participant in craft fairs most of her adult life; Suzan opened Color Me Mine, a paint -your -own pottery studio, in 2007. There, Suzan was able to explore here artistic side in ways she never had before while allowing others to do the same. Suzan had a great love of music, movies, reading and an assortment of other crafts.
Suzan also had a great love for her family and is survived by her son Ryan Armstrong, her husband Jim Silva, both of Anchorage, her brother and sister-in-law Larry and Sheri Armstrong of Enumclaw, WA, her brother John Armstrong of Juneau, AK, and five nieces and nephews, Brittney, Amberly, Sydney, Alex and Isaac.
A public visitation was held at Legacy Funeral Home, 11621 Old Seward Hwy, on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10am with a service to follow at 11am. She was laid to rest at Angelus Memorial Park following the service.
Published in The Juneau Empire on July 22, 2012