MISSOULA – Suzann Moore Stickney, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away suddenly from injuries sustained from a fall at her Missoula home on June 26, 2012.
She was born April 20, 1932, in Boise, Idaho, to Harold Richard and Helen May Moore. Suzann attended grade school and high school in Boise. She graduated from the University of Idaho, where she met Peter Stickney. Suzann and Peter married in Boise on Aug. 3, 1954, and immediately moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., where Peter served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. While in North Carolina, their first son Michael was born in 1955.
They moved to Prairie City, Ore., in 1956 and in the following year Peter’s position with the U.S. Forest Service moved them to Missoula. Son Daniel was born in 1960 and daughter Diana followed in 1961.
In the late 1970s, Suzann went back to college and completed a nursing degree from Montana State University. She worked at Community Medical Center as a registered nurse in the OB department for 15 years until her retirement.
Suzann involved herself with many community projects including the planning and development of Pineview Park below then-newly completed Rattlesnake Grade School. She was instrumental in the Missoula County Humane Society during its fledgling years and served as its president for a number of years. She volunteered at the Food Bank and the Battered Women’s Shelter. She served on the local Selective Service board and as an election judge.
An avid bird watcher, she involved herself in the Five Valleys Audubon Society, including serving as their treasurer for 15 years and organized the annual fund-raising birdseed sale from her home. As long as she was able, Suzann was a regular donor of type O blood at the Red Cross. Suzann was a PEO member for 58 years and in the local AT Chapter since 1957, where she served in many capacities.
She always loved animals, including horses, from an early age. Her home was never without pets; most of the many cats through the years she rescued from dire straits and nursed back to health for a long and happy life. Twenty-five years ago Suzann began to raise and breed Pembroke Welsh Corgis, which she showed at dog shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She finished a number of Corgis as champions. Suzann also participated in agility, obedience and tracking events, as well as having certified therapy dogs.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Peter; children Michael (Debbie), Daniel (Michelle) and Diana (Mark); and three granddaughters, Sarah, Emily and Jessica.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Five Valleys Audubon Society, Humane Society of Western Montana or the food bank.
A remembrance gathering for Suzann’s friends will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at the family home.