MISSOULA — Susanne Marie Wilkinson “Susie” was born Jan. 5, 1966, in Missoula. She passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the Little Bitterroot Group Home (her second family), in Plains. Susie was the ninth child of 12, born to Ed and Ruth Wilkinson. She was handicapped with developmental disabilities, and after the age of 17 she lived in several developmental facilities in western Montana. Susie absolutely loved her families, we made many beautiful memories. She enjoyed taking part in the Special Olympics, and she LOVED music and singing, especially Christmas songs, as this was her favorite holiday.
Susie was preceded in death by her father, Ed Wilkinson, (1994). Survivors include her mother, Ruth Wilkinson; brothers Joe and Tom Wilkinson of Missoula, Art (Connie) Wilkinson of Pasco, Washington, Jim, Chriss (Ronnie), and Frank Wilkinson of Boulder, and Ed (Christine) Wilkinson of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sisters Cindy (Gerry) Neville, Michelle (Jon) Dachel of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ruthie (Andy) Kulawinski of Alberton, and Coco (Charlie) Blood of St. Ignatius; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
We’ll miss you until we see you again, Susie; God bless you!
There will be a Rosary at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at the Foster Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church. There will be a reception to celebrate Susie’s life at the Church following burial at Pleasantview Cemetery in St. Ignatius.