Sue White, age 65, of Gilmore City, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge.
A celebration of life for Sue and her beloved husband Curt, who passed away in January of this year, will be held at the Little Sioux Park in Correctionville, Iowa. It was at this park where Sue and Curt were married, camped, laughed, joked and celebrated with their friends and family.
Lentz Funeral Home of Humboldt is assisting the family. More information at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.
Sue Diane was born September 2, 1954, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to parents Roy and Marilyn (Mead) Grause. Sue loved books and was able to read by 3 years of age. She was a lifelong reader and writer and completed her GED in 1973 at Iowa Central Community College. While life took Sue across many miles and adventures making homes in Texas, Arizona and Minnesota, she remained close with her family and eventually returned home to Iowa, where she was united in marriage to Curtis White June 23, 2001.
There was never a shortage of laughter or love when Sue was around. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and loved one who bravely stood up for who and what she believed in.
Through the years, Sue’s careers ranged from Headstart aide and daycare center director to ceramic shop and café owner, social worker, and intern for Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C.; yet her greatest achievement was the completion of her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Buena Vista University in 1997.
Sue was confident that she was everyone’s favorite aunt and was the first to introduce each niece and nephew to all the movie classics during sleepovers and make them adorable Halloween costumes. She was sure to give them a squeeze and a smooch each time she saw them. Sue was not afraid of public embarrassment like her guest performance as Sister Mary Sue and yelling condor through a hotel lobby.
Sue loved teaching young children how to tell a good joke, how to grow shrimp, how to sew, and what is really in bologna salad sandwiches. Sue was a colorful and creative soul who enjoyed painting ceramics and décor, giving decorating advice, cooking, making jewelry and cards, sewing quilts and keepsakes. Not only will her family and life-long friends cherish the many handmade gifts she gave, but also the true treasure that she was to all who knew her.
Sue is survived by her mother Marilyn Holcomb; siblings Daniel (Joanne) Grause, Jane Astor, John Grause, Julie (Gary) Hendricks, Jill (Randy) Jergens; step-children, nieces, and nephews that she loved and cared for like her own.
Sue is preceded in death by her father; her husband; her step-daughter, Jodi White; her sister-in-law, Cindy Grause; her brother-in-law, Jeff Astor and her friend Rick Hulse.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.