Suzanne "Sue" Patterson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister
and aunt, passed to her next life on November 17, 2016 surrounded by
those she loved most at Pikes Peak Hospice.
Sue was born in
Houston, Texas on November 1, 1942, the third daughter of the late
Eugene W. Shier, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired) and Anita P. (Laughlin) Shier.
the daughter of an Air Force family, Sue grew up in Bellaire, Texas,
Japan, Florida, Saudi Arabia and Germany. She graduated from General
H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Sue met her husband-to-be
in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and attended South West Texas State University
before marrying Howard R. "Patt" Patterson, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired) 55
Sue volunteered her time with the American Red Cross
and Pikes Peak Hospice. She taught reading to adults and served their
Home Owners Association. Sue also was a sponsor of cadets at the Air
Force Academy and assisted with the social activities of a squadron. Her
cherry cheesecake seemed to take all honors at the cadet parties! As a
cadet sponsor, their home was frequently filled with cadets looking to
enjoy a home cooked meal and to have a "Mom" to enjoy.
organized reunions for her H.H. Arnold High School Class, reaching
hundreds of alumni. That effort grew into an organization devoted to
reunions for hundreds of "Military Brats" attending schools overseas.
Sue was employed by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service before she
became a dedicated Estée Lauder product specialist. In more recent
years, Sue managed the families' rental properties.
her husband for almost 30 years as Patt was stationed for tours of duty
from Alabama to Texas to Germany to California to Georgia to Peterson
AFB in Colorado Springs where Patt retired in 1984. Sue raised her
family on her own as Patt served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
is survived by her husband, Patt; daughter, Kathryn Patterson
Jehoshaphat (Josiah); son, David A. Patterson (Amanda); grandsons:
Ryland and Tanner Patterson; sister, Susan Wayland; brother, Bill Shier
and uncle, Kenneth R. Shier. She is also survived by many relatives and
friends from all over the world. She was preceded in death by her
sister, Judy Shier.
Sue's family would like to express their
sincere appreciation to Dr. Robert Sayre, her primary Oncologist and the
many other medical professionals of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
of Penrose Hospital and especially to the staff and volunteers of the
Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care Center. We are very grateful for
all the friends and neighbors that supported Sue with their friendship,
concern and care during her fight with cancer.
service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the
Shrine of Remembrance Funeral Home, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard. A
reception will follow across the street at the Olympian Plaza Reception
and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, Sue, an
avid wildlife watcher and animal lover, requested that donations be
made to your local animal rescue organization.