Susan Woodland passed away on Nov. 14 in St. George, Utah. She was born Sept. 3, 1946 in Murray, Utah, to Clive Bennion and Lillian Reading.
Susan will be remembered by hundreds of students who learned at her feet during more than 30 years of teaching in elementary schools of several districts across the state of Utah, as well as by dozens of more children, young women and women, who were impacted by her service as a ministering sister and in many other callings she held as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over more than five decades. Susan looked for opportunities to serve. She was most happy when she could help.
Susan met her husband Ronald Woodland while teaching his daughter in Tooele Central Elementary. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 31, 1978 and Sue’s new family instantly included four young children. She fully embraced the challenge of this new life and she loved and raised her four new children as her own — and was loved by them — and soon two more daughters joined their growing family.
Her husband, Ron, their children, children in-law, and grandchildren all knew that they were loved deeply by Susan, and that love only came second to her love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She worked hard to reflect the Light of Jesus Christ in her life, and for most of us watching her, her life of love and charity seemed to be effortless.
Another great love of Sue’s was reading. She read constantly and was always on the search for the next amazing book. Sue instilled a love of reading in her children and every birthday and every Christmas gift she gave included books.
She is survived by her husband, Ron, their six children – Brian Woodland (Michelle), Lisa Stout (Robin), Marie Christensen (Cameron), Michelle Chatterly (Cloyd), Emily Fonnesbeck (Brady), and Laura Zwahlen (Mark) – 19 grandchildren, and by her brother, Scott Reading (Vickie).
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Clive and Lillian Bennion, her brother, Gerald Bennion, and her sister, Sharon Davies.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Hughes Mortuary. Susan donated to several non-profit charities yearly. In lieu of flowers, she would want you to give to charities of your personal choice.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. with a visitation prior to services at 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Red Cliffs 5th Ward Chapel, 1155 N. 1400 W., St. George, Utah, 84770. There will be a visitation on Friday, Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the same location.