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October 16, 1953 – March 15, 2015
Susan died peacefully at Strathmore Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Rick; sons Ian and Tyler (Angela); granddaughters Rachel and Kaitlin; her mother Jean Scholes; brothers Steve (Caroline) and Geoff (Carolyn) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Susan was predeceased by her father, Alan Scholes. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Hope Community Covenant Church at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance (Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, T2E 8M7) or the Canadian Cancer Society (#200, 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, T2E 2P5). To send condolences, please visit Susan's obituary at

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Published in Calgary Herald on Mar. 17, 2015.
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22 entries
April 5, 2015
It was an honour and a privilege to have known, worked with, be cared for and be educated by Sue. Our experiences date back to the Holy Cross ICU and continued through the past 30+ years. Hopefully time passing will allow the sorrow her family members are facing now to turn into warm and happy memories of the good times you all shared together My thoughts and sympathies are with Sue's family, friends and colleagues. May she rest peacefully.
Marie Sushelnitsky, Calgary
March 23, 2015
Aunt Sue, was the salt of the Earth kind of person, she could make anybody laugh, and always be available to help regardless the task, you know when you think of those real cool relatives,,,, she was that cool relative, I'm going to miss her. A lot of people will. I love you
Mark Stephenson
March 23, 2015
Sue was a great nurse to work with. She was kind and a gteat teacher, she will be missed.
Prayers for het family, may the many memories help you through your sorrow.
Cheryl Niven
March 22, 2015
Sue, you are missed greatly. Rest in Peace.
Caroline Simard
March 21, 2015
I worked with Sue at the Strathmore hospital. She always carried herself with such respect. She was a great teacher and had a humble and loving spirit. I loved doing shifts with her because I knew I'd learn something new and different each time. She was the type of person you'd always want to be around. She gave you confidence in yourself, a characteristic that not many possess. She always had a teaching heart and was always willing to answer questions I had. I can't believe your gone, I will miss you dearly sue. You were a great nurse, teacher, mentor and friend.
Mary Big Bull
March 21, 2015
I have such fond memories of Sue. Sue was a brilliant and exceptional RN. Working with Sue you knew you would have a great shift, nothing phased her. Sue had a great sense of humour and it was always great listening to her stories. I also loved going to conferences with her and presenting with her. We had fun and I will miss you Sue B. Prayers and thoughts to her family and friends.
Marlene Donahue
March 20, 2015
I first met Susan over 40 years ago on the train that took us to Vanier CEGEP where we were in a lot of the same Nursing Classes. I remember how thrilled she was when she and Rick rented their first apartment. I was very happy to spend time with her at UNA Annual General Meetings. She had a tremendous sense of humour and was a very talented Nurse. My sincere sympathy. She is unforgettable! Rest well in the Heavens Susan.
Lorraine Goyeau
March 19, 2015
I learned so much from Sue during my nights on call at Strathmore Hospital. She was also our local champion for cardiac nursing and made taking ACLS recertification easier and fun. Most of all, Sue was a compassionate, helping and sharp person who always made you feel good about your role in patient care. Strathmore Hospital will miss her
Ben Sader
March 19, 2015
Sue was a "Real Treasure" in my life. As a "Nurse Friend" she was my mentor, educator, helper and support. Her insight was remarkable. Even in the worst of situations, if Sue was with you, you knew you could survive any crisis! As a "Friend Friend" there was no one better. Humble, kind, and such a character. Oh how we laughed!
So my Friend, I will miss you terribly. I suspect you are getting things organized in Heaven.
You had a huge impact on my life......and we will carry your memory forever!
Nan Levesque
March 19, 2015
Sue was not only a great co-worker, she was also an amazing mentor and educator. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Brad Racette
March 18, 2015
Sue and I worked together in Strathmore when I was a new grad just starting out... She soon became my mentor,the nurse I had always hoped to be and my friend!! She shared her passion and intelligence with anyone who wanted to learn!!! I feel truly privileged to have known her both personally and professionally. May you get some comfort from knowing how many lives she has touched!!! She will be dearly missed!!!
Barb Sawchuk
March 18, 2015
On behalf of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN) Alberta Division, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Sue's family. Her contribution to nursing education is one aspect of her legacy that will be forever cherished by nursing colleagues.
CCCN Alberta Division
March 18, 2015
Sue touched so many lives is such a positive way, both professionally and personally. A profound loss to both nursing and humanitybut your legacy will live on. A life well lived Sue!
Gail Browning
March 18, 2015
many strong memories of Sue in UNA.
Lee McNiven
March 18, 2015
Although I never met Sue, in 2012 I published a story that she wrote on my blog. She called it: "Three Women, One Heart Attack, and a Sound Asleep Husband" -

I think her writing reveals so much about what being a good nurse is, and what good nursing meant to her. My condolences to Sue's family, friends, colleagues and all the patients whose lives she touched.
Carolyn Thomas
March 18, 2015
Susan was one of those special people you loved being around. I worked with her at the Strathmore Hospital for many years. She was such a wonderful RN, both in giving care and in educating others to be the best they could be. She instilled confidence in so many of us. She was unselfish; always making time to help the other nurses. She was kind, hard working, funny and "sharp as a tack".
Susan was a very dear friend. She was always there if I needed her. I will miss her very much.
I'm unable to attend the Memorial as I am presently in Arizona.
Eva Smith
March 17, 2015
Sue and I worked together as RN,s at Valley Gen. Hospital. Strathmore for many years. The memories will always be cherished. Our sympathies to the family. Unable to attend the memorial as we are in Thailand.
Karen/Drewe Nelson
March 17, 2015
Many years ago I first met Sue when we worked together in ICU at the Holy Cross. It was daunting working with someone who knew everything! I learned quickly enough though, that not only did she know everything, she was also kind, funny and well, quite chatty.very chatty. It was always a pleasure listening to the stories and escapades she had experienced.

Sue was, without a doubt, an exceptional nurse and educator. Her enthusiasm to learn motivated others to learn; she was a natural teacher. Her modest and kind manner made her approachable; she was a wonderful and willing mentor, and her ability to call it like it was made people stand up and take notice; she was a natural leader.

I will miss you Sue.
Loretta Murphy
March 17, 2015
I worked with Susan in many roles as an RN and with UNA. An amazing person in everything she did.
Ken Ewanchuk
March 17, 2015
Sue was a wonderful sister-in-law. We are really going to miss her. Sue handled her battle with cancer with such incredible courage and grace. A huge thank-you to the staff at the Strathmore Hospital for the care and love they gave to Sue. Sue said she was being treated like a princess.
Randy & Louise Pompetti
March 17, 2015
Sue & Rick on their Harley
Randy Pompetti
March 17, 2015
I worked with Susan at the Holy Cross and the FMC and most recently i worked with her doing union work for UNA. I respected Susan for her honesty and good humour. She was the smartest nurse I've known throughout my career. The nursing profession has lost one of it's best. Peace be with you Susan and your family as well. We'll miss you....Marie Aitken
Marie Aitken
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