Susanna "Sue" Pepperell
Susanna “Sue” Mary Pepperell, age 78, passed away peacefully December 26, 2022, surrounded by love. Sue was born February 19, 1944, in Bismarck North Dakota to her parents Paul and Anna Eva Schlagel. Her childhood was spent helping her family operate a large dairy farm in Neillsville Wisconsin. Sue was raised Catholic and enjoyed 4-H activities growing up. Her family moved to Oregon in the 1950s and Sue graduated from Sunset High School, where she participated in the Apolloettes singing group, bowling league, Red Cross team and was active on the student council.
After high school, Sue worked in Vital Statistics for King County and then Human Resources at the University of Washington. It was there she met William (Bill) Pepperell and the two were married on November 11, 1967. The couple lived on Bill’s family farm and homestead in Maltby, WA for over 50 years. Their marriage created a tight-knit family as they welcomed three daughters Sandi, Debbie, and Tami.
Sue loved being a homemaker and farmer, and prioritized family. Together, with her husband, they raised beef cattle, pigs, honeybees, hay and many types of animals for their daughters’ 4-H and FFA activities. Sue was an excellent seamstress, often making clothes for their daughters and teaching 4-H kids to sew. She had multiple large vegetable gardens, flower gardens and orchards, and spent time diligently preserving harvests to feed her family. She was an amazing cook and baker, often with a flair for German heritage and Scandinavian foods. Sue was well known for her amazing cinnamon rolls. She was active in her daughters’ school activities, Horseshoe Grange, Snohomish County 4-H and Cottage Lake Presbyterian church. She enjoyed spending time with her friends, helping her community and being active with her family that expanded to ten grandchildren.
When her husband passed away on January 31, 2020, they had been married 52 years. They had enjoyed spending time at the coast together, favorite restaurants and just spending time together with their extended families. Sue loved animals and provided a home for many homeless animals over the years. She loved to cheer on Seattle Sports teams and was a huge Mariners fan. She enjoyed listening to country music and was a big fan of Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Eventually, Sue developed dementia and as it progressed, was lovingly cared for by Silverado Memory Care for over a year.
Sue is survived by her daughters Sandi (Colin) McMillan, Debbie (Robert) Hughes and Tami (Jason) Bowman. Sue’s legacy also lives on in ten grandchildren whom she loved: Hannah, Nathan, Mackenzie, Gabriel, Owen, Madison, Andrew, Thomas, Liam and Maxwell. Sue was also a good friend to many over the years and will be terribly missed.
Immediate family will place Sue next to Bill during a private Ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery. Additionally, a celebration of life will be scheduled soon to remember this remarkable woman. We are grateful for Silverado Memory Care, please consider a donation to Dementia Support Northwest in lieu of flowers.