Sue Stirling Olds was born Aug. 7, 1936, to Rex and Thelma Stirling in Hurricane, Utah. She was born in her grandparents’ home next to where she and Clayton later built a house and lived in for 51 years. She was the youngest of seven children.
The family lived in Leeds until 1941. Sue often talked about selling fruit on the side of the highway in Leeds. In 1941 they moved to Hurricane where she attended school. It was there that she met Clayton Olds. They were engaged before he left to serve in the Army stationed in Okinawa. Clayton returned on Christmas eve 1954 and they were married on Jan 20, 1955.
They moved to Cedar City where Clayton attended Branch Agriculture College. It was in Cedar where their first two children were born, LaMar and then Pam. In 1957 they returned to Hurricane where Clayton taught school first in Toquerville and then in Hurricane. Tim and Cheri were born while living in Hurricane. Sue worked for Dr. Garth Last for several years and then worked at Zions Bank until her retirement.
Sue served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Stake MIA Presidency, Ward MIA Presidency, Ward Primary president and many years as compassionate service leader.
Sue was a great cook and was always welcoming everyone into her home. If you left her house hungry it was your own fault. Sue and Clayton loved the family cabin on Kolob and spent many happy years there.
Her family came first, and she had Sunday dinners with the family to keep them close. Sue was always popular with her children’s friends and was quite the jokester as she was always willing to play a card game or other games with them.
Sue is survived by her sister Jackie Pulsipher and brother Tom Stirling (Fawn); her children LaMar Olds (Jim), Pam Johnson (Don), Tim Olds (Diane), Cheri Olds and her dog T.J.; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton, of 61 years and her siblings Mary Miller, Brent Stirling, Bob Stirling, Cherrie Hinton and a great-grandchild, Emma Robin Mortensen.
Special thanks to her son-in-law Don Johnson, who has been her caregiver and best friend since the passing of her sweetheart Clayton.
- There will be a funeral service Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Hurricane Red Brick Chapel, 274 S. 100 West, Hurricane.
- There will be a visitation Tuesday, Sept 18, from 6-8 p.m., at the Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary at 25 N. 2000 West and Wednesday prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the chapel.
- Interment will be at the Hurricane City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.
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