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Susan Smith

Susan Smith

We are thankful for your presence as we are gathered to celebrate the wonderful life of Susan. Susan passed away November 05, 2020 surrounded by her loving daughters and longtime friend and companion, Larry Taylor. Susan was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 19, 1946, the second child of Gale T. and Betty Ellsworth Storer. She was a strong and accomplished Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother and Aunt. She faced all obstacles and challenges with courage and ability, and time and time again she turned challenges and sorrows into progress and opportunity. Susan was the loving Mother of three beautiful and accomplished daughters, Mary Ann Smith-Leber (Greg), Mary Lou Coppinger (Cliff) and Shannon Smith. A grandmother to Jordan Coppinger, Nick Coppinger, Madeline Leber and a great – grandmother to Julian and Averi Coppinger. Susan was also a sister to Linda Storer Lovejoy (Kent), Gloria Storer Nadauld, Victoria Storer Lindsay, and Rocky Storer (Trisha). Susan was also a true friend and mentor to many of her nieces and nephews. Throughout her life, Susan was an active community volunteer and found great joy and satisfaction in helping anyone in need. As a young woman, she was an active participant in the Japanese American Citizens League where she served to support strategies aimed at effecting positive social change. She also served as the Secretary for several years on the Mayoral appointed committee for the Employment of Members of the Handicapped Community. In an effort to be active in her children’s life and extra-curricular activities, Susan served as the volunteer Cookie Chairman for the annual sale of Girl Scout cookies. Once the cookies were sold, they were delivered to Susan’s home where, this volunteer job became larger than anticipated. The troops overwhelming success required the family cars to be parked on the driveway and each girl scout having a chalked-out section of the garage for delivery of their abundant cookie sales. Susan also began the volunteer program for the Victims Witness Coordinator role at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. It was there her efforts and undying commitment to help others earned her the Golden Rule Award in 1989 and recognition for “Outstanding Contributions to Victim Services” in 1990. Susan’s longest volunteer service was her multiple decade commitment to the Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary. It was there she was able to share her love and support for her community, help those in need, and let’s be honest… have a front row seat to fulfill her infatuation with ambulance chasing. Susan participated for many years as an active Auxiliary board member and served on committees such as the annual “Festival of Trees”, the “Mother’s Day Plant Sale”, as well as spent countless hours as a volunteer in the Saint Alphonsus Gift Shop. Susan was an example to her grandchildren through her volunteer work by encouraging them to become Junior Volunteers where they were able to work beside her in the Gift Shop. Susan was blessed with many gifts. The gifts of ambition and intelligence ensured that she rose to the top in every endeavor. At a young age she earned her cosmetology license and went on to become a Cosmetology School Instructor, teaching at the Vogue and Excellis Schools of Cosmetology in Idaho Falls, Mr. Don’s School of Cosmetology and New Careers Cosmetology School in Boise, Idaho. During her cosmetology career she also opened and owned multiple salons in both Idaho Falls and Boise Idaho.Susan’s reach in the field of cosmetology did not stop as an instructor or owner. She also served on the State of Idaho Board of Cosmetology. As a result of her stellar instruction, dedication and high level of expectation, Susan’s cosmetology students consistently earned a combined average score greater than 95% on their state licensing examinations.Having spent most of her adult life in the cosmetology field, Susan made a drastic professional field change and began her career in food service working for Sysco and for J Weil. It was during her time with Sysco where she met Larry Taylor, who became her lifelong friend and companion. Following her time with Sysco and J Weil, Susan was hired by Proctor and Gamble as a Food Safety Specialist. She was responsible for inspecting food preparation safety practices for restaurants and grocery stores. Once again, because of her leadership and people skills, her career escalated quickly with Proctor and Gamble and soon she led a team of up to 14 employees in a multistate territory.Susan was an insightful and empathetic friend, neighbor and professional leader. She served her friends, neighbors and associates quietly and with all her heart. She valued hard work, and fostered success in the men and women she provided leadership to throughout her working years.Susan’s fight and drive never wavered as she valiantly and courageously fought ovarian cancer for nearly 6 years. This fight was no small task. She fought with courage, grace and without complaint. Her passion and dedication to her family, friends and life overall has and will continue to be missed.”The brightest crowns that are worn in Heaven have been smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.” E.H. Chapin

Susan was our great exemplar……what a glorious crown she now wears.

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Susan Smith Celebration of Life Time: May 22, 2021 11:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Meeting ID: 813 6377 8877 Passcode: Susan


  • Tammie Posted May 19, 2021 6:55 pm
  • Deborah Rizzo Posted May 25, 2021 9:54 pm

    I loved working with Susan throughout our years together with Proctor and Gamble. We traveled together and spent many evenings together hashing out our days of work. I am sorry I was unable to attend her memorial. When our days ended with P & G Susan would allow me to stay at her home when I went to work for another company completing food safety. We had many good laughs and dinners together. I miss being able to pick up the phone and call her and chat for several hours. Heaven has gained an awesome angel. Until we meet again my dear friend, Love Debi Rizzo

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