Susan Gunter

Susan Elaine (Sheard) Gunter

March 25, 1951 — June 25, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Tacoma, WA

Celebration of Life with Reception

Susan Elaine (Sheard) Gunter, 68, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 after a difficult and courageous battle following heart surgery in April.  Born in Tacoma, WA, Susan lived most of her life in Richland after her family moved to find a better climate to suit her allergies.  She graduated from Columbia (Richland) High School in 1969. 

Susan met the love of her life, Roy, in 8th grade.  On a “recon mission” with her good friend Diana, the two scoped him out while he was working at the local MayFair.  The mission proved successful, as from that day forward they dated and eventually married in 1970.  They celebrated their 49th Anniversary in May.

Susan and Roy loved the Oregon Coast!  After spending their honeymoon in Cannon Beach, OR, the two would hop in the car for spur of the moment weekend trips which began their tradition of annual beach vacations.  Not a year has passed where they haven’t spent a week in Cannon Beach or Seaside with their two daughters and their families!

Susan’s mother taught her how to sew and she became a great seamstress.  In addition to the two of them making her wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses, Susan spent countless hours making clothes for herself, her family and friends, Bomber cheerleader uniforms for the squads they chaperoned, dance formals for both of her daughters and their friends, and countless bridesmaids’ dresses. 

Rarely did you see Susan without Roy, her daughters, or grandchildren by her side.  Some of their favorite husband/wife activities were driving around town with no specific place in mind, drinking Frappuccino’s by the river, meeting their girls at one of the local Starbucks for coffee and conversation, and providing loving childcare to their grandchildren. 

Family meant the world to Susan.  She never wanted to miss a sporting event or school activity, even if it meant traveling across the country.  She was known as the team mom, chaperone, score keeper, hair dresser (specifically known for her “extremely tight” French braids), make-up consultant for her niece, and cool mom who would hide in the back of their van while the girls conducted friendly TPing episodes or cruised thru town with their friends.  Fond memories of Susan include piling kids into the van to haul them to drive-in movies, the Rollerina, ski trips, softball tournaments and to other sporting/social events.  Susan was also known to park their van in the lots of high school dances and hide in the back with a friend or two, just for a small glimpse of all her “kids” arriving in their formal wear.  Those who knew of this tradition would surprise them by knocking on the door of the van with their dates to say hello and to give them an up-close look!  She was considered a second Mom/Nana to most of her daughter’s friends and their children and will be severely missed. 

Susan was a loving wife, mother, nana and aunt.  She is survived by her soul mate Roy, daughters Michelle Peterson (Loren) and Janelle Thorson (Shane), grandchildren Kayla (17) and Kyle (14) Peterson and Chloe (9) and Isabelle (2.5) Thorson, niece Sherri Cross Garrett (Al) and nephew Scott Cross (Tami).  She was preceded in death by her parents George and Ethel Sheard, her brother George Jr. Sheard, and her sister Jackie (Sheard) Cross. 

Susan was a member of the Richland Lutheran Church (RLC) since she was a little girl.  Her memorial service and reception will be held at RLC, 901 Van Giesen, at 2pm on Monday July 1st.



Guestbook for

Susan Elaine (Sheard) Gunter


  • Aunt Sue, You made me my first dress. Your smile and love will always be in my heart. I love you always. Juliann Gunter

    Juliann Gunter
    July 5, 2019
    1830 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, Nv 89115
  • I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. She was a wonderful lady. I can remeber hours of conversations with her regarding girls fastpitch softball. We shared many moments of laughter- she always brought good cheer. My sincere condolences to the Gunter family. Sherrie Sadanaga DuFresne

    Sherrie Sadanaga DuFresne
    July 2, 2019
    Simi Valley, CA
  • You are going to be missed so much you always made everyone feel loved no matter what. My heart aches but you will always be in my heart Auntie love you always and forever ❤

    Brandy Coburn
    July 1, 2019
    Kingman AZ
  • I will always remember Susan's beautiful smile and always had nice words when I would see her. I went to school with Susan. She had a great personality.

    Debbie (Smith) Boudreau
    July 1, 2019
    Richland WA
  • Truly sorry, for the family's loss. May fond memories, an outpouring of love, comfort sustain all now and in the coming days. Isaiah 35:5 & 6; Daniel 12:13 May meditation on these precious Bible truths strengthen all. Deepest sympathies,

    RB
    June 30, 2019
  • You were an incredible Woman inside and out! I know your family is going to miss you soooo much Sue! Thank you for being inspirational and for caring about everyone who came across your path. Love you and your family bunches! You will NEVER be forgotten 😘💕

    Karri
    June 30, 2019
    Baldwinsville, NY
  • I am so sorry to read of Susan's passing. Her sister Jackie was my best friend for many years. Susan took very good care of her, now they are together again. I am very sad for all of you.

    LaDean Stice
    June 30, 2019
    Kennewick
  • Dear Susan, I only knew you as Jackie’s younger sister. From your obituary sounds like you had a wonderful life with your husband and family. May you rest in the arms of our Lord. Blessings to your family.

    Helen Cross Kirk
    June 30, 2019
    West Harrison, Indiana
  • I knew Sue through school, particularly high school. I was a year ahead of her, but we shared some classes. And we were both members of RLC. Unlike others, I speak from the perspective of someone who was not close friends with Sue - but still find her beautiful spirit and loving, warm personality unforgettable across all these decades. Every encounter with her was a blessing. My prayers cover her grieving family members & close friends. I am so sorry for your pain of loss. May God have His hand of comfort on each one who mourns Sue’s passing.

    Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka
    June 30, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Sue so well. She was always positive and helpful and willing to help others. We remember her from our children's school and from Miss Richland Softball. She was always involved in what her daughters were doing. God bless Sue and her family.

    Alan and Linda Gunter
    June 30, 2019
    Tucson, AZ
  • My sincerest sympathies to the family. I recall Susan heading up our 10 and 20 year reunions from Columbia High School and doing a great job. I was looking forward to our 50th in August and seeing her and Roy.

    Betti Avant
    June 30, 2019
    Richland
  • Susan was a most wonderful person. We met as childhood neighbors and our families were close. Her loving kindness has always been well known. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to Roy and family for this great loss.

    Karlen Kane
    June 29, 2019
    Lancaster, Ca
  • What a beautiful soul who loved her family. Any conversation you had with Susan always included family. Thoughts and Prayers to Roy and his family. R.I.P Susan you will be missed❤

    David Cartwright
    June 28, 2019
    Yuma, Arizona
  • We lost one of the best and Heaven gained a very special angel this week. Susan is a special friend who was absolutely like a second mom to me as I grew up! So glad that one of my last memories with Susan is one of her amazing hugs before she headed into surgery. Those hugs have been filled with love since I was six and they have stayed full of love ever since! Love you Susan! My love and prayers to Roy, Michelle, Janelle and the rest of your family!!!!💕

    Jami Prigge
    June 28, 2019
  • Loved each of my formals made by Susan! I was a passenger in that van for TPing and the drive-in and I still eat my pancakes with butter and sugar! So blessed to have been a part of the Gunter family growing up w/Michelle...Susan gave great hugs and was always so supportive. She will be dearly missed...

    Melissa Callaway
    June 28, 2019
  • When I heard of Susan’s passing my heart hurts for the family. She was one of my best friends in high school. We had so many good times driving around town, sleep overs, and our long talks about everything. I lost contact with her but loved seeing all her family adventures on FB. She dearly loved her family, cherished being with them and their friends. She will be missed by many but has left everyone with so many wonderful memories to treasure. May God always be with the family and may His blessings always and forever surround you Cathy

    Cathy Poynor
    June 28, 2019
    Richland
  • Susan, I will be forever grateful for the friendship we shared for all these years. So thankful to have been a part of your family. The memories are close to my heart as you will always be. XOXO

    Teresa Lindhartsen
    June 28, 2019
    Burlingame ca

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