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Susan Anderson
In Memory of
Susan Beth
Anderson
1963 - 2019
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Obituary for Susan Beth Anderson

Susan Beth  Anderson
Susan Beth Anderson was born on April 9th, 1963, in Brantford, Ontario, into the caring and capable hands of her parents, Orton and Jessie Anderson. She grew up alongside her three wonderful siblings, Jeff, Brent, and Nancy - in Hartford, Connecticut, Calgary, Alberta, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and finally in Brandon, Manitoba, which is where she completed her primary and secondary education. After graduating high school, she received a diploma from the Baptist Leadership Training School and a BFA from the University of Victoria.

Susan worked in many different fields throughout her life, including the arts, healthcare and childhood and youth services, but her lifelong work was the encouragement of others, and teaching the practices of self-love and kindness. She lived in many places and held many different jobs, but wherever she was and whatever she was doing, she used her time on earth to connect with people in deep and meaningful ways, impacting their lives with her compassionate and non-judgmental open-mindedness.

Susan was a writer and a creative soul. She expressed herself through music, performance, children’s books, and a self-published parenting memoir titled, “How To Treat Your Toddlers So Your Teenagers Will Talk To You”. Susan was passionate about parenting and devoted much of her life to her two children, Sky and Eliza, whom she ‘loved till the ends of the earth’. Susan loved communing with nature and was always ready for adventure, and yet could also sit with you in your darkest moments and help you find your way back to the light.

She passed away on January 5th, 2019, at the Brandon Heath Centre after a 6-month long battle with cancer. She fought like a champion through unimaginable circumstances and complications, and her family was by her side every step of the way. They would like to thank Dr. Gaiser-Edwards and all the healthcare professionals who so dutifully cared for her over the five months she was hospital-bound.

Since Susan’s passing, she has been described by friends, family, and even acquaintances, as “a light”, “a force of nature”, a “beautiful soul”, a “great teacher and nurturer”, “a freedom fighter and a truth seeker”, “always herself”, a “wise earth-angel”, and “a beautiful person inside and out”. She will be forever loved and dearly missed.

Preceded in death by her mother Jessie Anderson and her brother Brent Anderson. Susan is survived by her father Orton Anderson; children, Eliza Musselwhite and Sky Musselwhite (Shauna) and their father Jamie Musselwhite (Trina); sister Nancy Berg (Howard); brother, Jeff Anderson (Carole); sister-in-law Melanie Anderson; six beloved nieces, their partners and their children, as well as many dear friends and me
There will be a celebration of life on Friday January 11th at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Brandon. If you wish to make a donation in her memory, it can be made to: Sun Fund for Kids, c/o Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba, 800 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 7L4 or: Westman Dreams for Kids, Unit 4-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
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