Age 79, of Lansing, Michigan, died of natural causes July 23, 2022. She was a long-time resident of Lansing and held secretarial jobs throughout her career including the State of Michigan and Holt United Methodist Church. Sue was an avid gardener and took tremendous joy well into her later years tending to vegetable and flower gardens. Some of her favorite things were warm sunshine on her face, Sunday drives in the autumn, and seeing the sights around Lansing any day of the week (she was a wonderful historian of Lansing’s hot spots in the 1960’s and 1970’s.) If you came to visit she was particularly appreciative when you brought her favorite beverage – a Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino. During her last few years, when needing additional assistance, Sue received loving and attentive care from her granddaughter Ashley. There wasn’t an obstacle too big or need too great that Ashley did not provide.
Sue was preceded in death by her mother Mildred W. Whitaker and father Elmer Leon Penner. She is survived by daughters Julie (Tom Dunk) Liberti of Pinckney and Bethany (Steve) Rigg of Okemos. She had five grandchildren: Erica Jasman, Ashley (Drew) Duarte, Rachel Jasman, Walquer Rigg, and Victor Rigg. She was a great-grandmother to two grandsons.
A visitation will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Family will share memories and stories at 2:30 p.m. and those interested may join the family for dinner at Coral Gables in East Lansing at 4:30 p.m. A celebration of life will occur on her 80th birthday with a small gravesite gathering at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, those interested may donate to Meals on Wheels www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org in honor of SuEllyn with notification to family at firstname.lastname@example.org (Julie), or email@example.com (Bethany).