On July 15, 2015 Sue passed into eternal peace to join Jon, her beloved husband, after a long encounter with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Over the course of her illness, Sue was a tremendous inspiration to her friends and family due to her positive approach to life and her ability to view each day as a blessing that should be cherished to its fullest. When life got a little difficult, she faithfully said, “You just have to trust God.” She never complained and continued to do the things that she enjoyed the most. One of the things Sue enjoyed was spending quality time with her family and friends. Whether it was going out to dinner, attending an event, or simply staying home and having a pleasant conversation, Sue treasured the time spent with the people who were closest to her. One of the many examples is how Sue spent many hours exploring the MSU Gardens or taking in summer concerts in local parks with her sister Linda and her brother Larry. Other loyal companions that Sue valued over the years were her dogs: Rufus, Ice, Jack, and Gilligan. Sue’s concern for people carried over into her professional life as she spent many years working in various helping professions, serving and aiding people with disabilities. Sue was an especially spiritual person who was inspired by experiencing God’s creation in nature. Sue loved traveling around the beautiful state of Michigan. Spending time in the Upper Peninsula and along the beaches of Lake Michigan were very enjoyable for her, but her favorite place in Michigan was going Up North to the family cottage where she spent early mornings kayaking and taking photographs of whatever natural wonders appeared before her eyes.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Jon Elsner; father, Bruce Barrows; and mother, Marilyn Tiedeman. She is survived by sisters, Linda Spica, Diane Magee, and Rebecca Charles; brothers, Larry and Steven Barrows; many other close family members; dog, Gilligan; and numerous supportive friends.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, July 27, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at the English Inn, located at 677 S. Michigan Road in Eaton Rapids. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Lansing, Inc., Greater Lansing Food Bank, Paws With A Cause, or Lymphoma Research.