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Susan Louise Madsen
Susan Louise Madsen

SPOKANE - Susan Louise Madsen, 47, passed away peacefully, with her family at her bedside, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Susan made a grand entrance into the world Feb. 18, 1961, when she was born in her parents' car on the way to the hospital in San Francisco. She grew up in Missoula, graduating from Loyola Sacred Heart High School in 1979. She moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1989 and then to Spokane.

Susan was employed in a variety of jobs, including bartending, photography and at a group home for autistic adults. She was an avid reader and writer and especially liked poetry. She enjoyed gardening, yard work, camping, and loved animals and roses. Her dog, Buddy, misses her greatly. She touched many lives with her big smile and care, and thought of others before herself. Susan had a huge heart and compassion for others, especially those down and out. She loved music and singing, and easily made others laugh with her quick wit, funny facial expressions and imitations of singers and movie stars. Above all, our daughter, sister, aunt and friend was an athlete. Susan played a variety of sports, her favorites being softball and baseball. Her stellar softball career began at age 8 at Franklin Park in Missoula. She belonged to two or more teams every year,

earning numerous trophies and accolades, helping her teams in Missoula and the Spokane area to State and even Nationals. This spring was the first year she was unable to play, due to illness. Susan was always ready for a good time, whether it was to play darts, shoot pool or cheer on her favorite team at a sporting event. We will miss the fun times we shared with her. She will live on in the hearts and memories of those who were privileged to know and love her.

She leaves behind her mother Joy Ann Madsen of Missoula; brother David Madsen of Missoula; sister, Laura (Jeff) Sirockman of Kennewick, Wash.; best friend Peggy Rose of Spokane; dog Buddy; father Carl C. Madsen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nephew Beau Madsen; niece Niccole Kost; and numerous friends in Montana and Washington.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane, with a reception to follow.

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