Susan A. Stearns, 67, of Evergreen, Colorado passed away from complications of ovarian cancer on January 29 , 2021. At her passing, Susan was surrounded by her husband, sister, and brother.
Susan was born on June 30, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1971. Susan's love of skiing and the mountains led her to enroll at Colorado State University, where she graduated in 1976 with a B.A. in History. Susan went on to law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 1979.
While at CU law school, Susan met the love of her life, Frank O'Loughlin, who ultimately became her husband. In 1979, Susan and Frank moved to Red Lodge, Montana to begin their law careers. In 1981, Susan and Frank moved back to Colorado to pursue their legal careers. Susan worked in elder law and estate planning. She began her own law firm in 1990 and retired from her legal career in 2013. Susan then worked part time as a Gift Manager for Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice in Evergreen until 2018, fully recycling more than her pay back into the hospice.
Much of Susan's life revolved around charitable work and volunteering, the importance of which she learned at a young age. Susan spent more than twenty-five years on the Board of Directors of Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, ultimately being made a life-time member. Other volunteer activities and favorite organizations included Blue Spruce Kiwanis, the Triple Bypass bicycle tour, the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability, the Mountain Area Land Trust, the Center for the Arts Evergreen, and Bootstraps (supporting education).
Susan was a passionate outdoor recreationalist, and she skied for over fifty of her 67 years. Much of her and Frank's recreational and social life revolved around skiing at Vail. Susan first skied at Vail in 1970, a mere eight years after the ski resort opened, when taken there by long-time family friends. Other outdoor passions were bicycling and golfing. In recent years, Susan enjoyed travelling as much as she could, both with Frank and other close friends.
Susan is survived by her husband Frank O'Loughlin of Evergreen, CO, sister Sally Stearns of Chapel Hill, NC, brother Chuck Stearns and his wife Rita Braun of Whitefish, MT, nieces Erica Thomas and Rachel Thomas, and numerous in-law relatives on the O'Loughlin side. In lieu of flowers, Susan wishes that any memorial donations go to the organization of your choice or her favorite organization, Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Notably, the hospice provided excellent and comprehensive care during Susan's last year of life. A celebration of her life will be arranged, likely in summer 2021, in Evergreen for family members and close friends once an in-person service is considered safe.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Feb. 17, 2021.