Susan Louise Yeoman, 58, died Friday July 11, 2014 at her home surrounded by family after 16 years battling breast cancer. Sue was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan where her parents, Bill and Nora Yeoman were stationed with the U.S.A.F.. As a young child, Sue lived in Hawaii, California, South Carolina, and Oregon. She graduated from Ashland high school in 1974. As one of four children, Sue was a caring and nurturing sibling, which served her well when she went to nursing school at SOU at the age of 18. After receiving her degree in nursing, she accepted a job at Ashland Community Hospital, where she debuted her 35-year career in nursing and helped bring thousands of babies into the world.
At the beginning of her nursing career Sue worked in the same labor and delivery department where she gave birth to her two children. The majority of her career was spent at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon where she helped establish a center for new mothers learning to breast-feed. In 2000 she came back to Ashland to work as a nurse supervisor at Ashland hospital, roaming the halls with her smile and positive energy. Sue could remember every new mom and baby, occasionally delivering them herself. After retiring she spent her days rafting, climbing mountains, backpacking to mountain lakes, traveling, and living life with adventure. Sue had a special relationship with nature, beginning in high school as the president of the High Country hiking club and showing sheep in 4-H. Throughout her life Sue climbed most of Oregon's beautiful mountains and trails. Her home was always open to passersby and friends alike. Many will remember her as a trail angel, hosting Pacific Crest Trail hikers, and leaving a little of her spirit on every trail she traveled. She hiked fifty miles of the PCT for her 50th birthday, ending at Crater Lake, one of her most favorite spots.
Sue lived every moment of her life to the fullest. She loved life, appreciated natural and human beauty, and inspired so many with her caring and unconditional love. She will be missed by all, carried on by many, and is survived through her children, Timothy and Emily Riley.
In honor of Sue's tireless support for cancer research and nature conservation, contributions can be donated to: Jimmy V Foundation, Ashland Hospice, or The Nature Conservancy.
There will be an open celebration of life for Sue at 7:00 p.m Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 6710 Hwy 66 Ashland, Ore.