MISSOULA – Susan (Susie) Dumontier Canning passed away on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at home with her family after a two-year battle with cancer.
She was the older of two daughters born to Leroy and Virginia Dumontier of Arlee on April 20, 1963.
She graduated with honors from Arlee High School in 1981. She participated in many high school activities, including basketball, drama club, rodeo team, 4-H and the National Honor Society. She started her professional career in 1981 with Missoula Bank of Montana, where she made many friends and began her initiation into the Missoula business community. Susie left the banking industry in 1991 and went to work for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. She then joined the staff of Zip Beverage in August 1992.
It was in the fall of 1992 that Susie discovered the “beer business.” She soon learned that Zip Beverage was a business filled with quality in product and the family that owned the business. She was proud to be a part of this family and company. The people she worked with and for became her second family. We would like to thank them for the love and support they gave Susie throughout her life and especially during her illness.
Along with her dedication to Zip Beverage, Susie was active within the Missoula business community. She was a longstanding member of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce Red Coats and was honored to have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2009.
Susie’s home life was filled with happiness, love and comfort. She could always be found tending to her garden, nurturing her beautiful flower pots, walking with her two dogs or enjoying the sounds of fluttering birds on the feeder. Golf also became a hobby that she loved to play with her husband Lance, and a social past-time to share with many of her special friends.
Susan is survived by her husband Lance and daughter Brianna at the family home in Missoula; her daughter Katelyn, Pete Blair and grandson Carter Blair of Missoula; her parents Leroy and Virginia Dumontier of Arlee; her sister Lisa, husband Dan and four nieces, Taylor, Karleigh, Kori and Halle, all of Arlee; and her grandmother Gladys Neal of Missoula. Susie is survived by a wealth of friends that are also her family (MM’s).
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at St. Anthony Church in Missoula. A gathering at Red’s Bar will follow to share stories and memories of Susie’s life.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Susie’s name to Montana Food Bank Network/backpack program, 5625 Expressway, Missoula, MT, attention Sarah; or to Hospice of Missoula.