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Susan Woodland passed away on November 14th in St. George, Utah. She was born September 3rd, 1946 in Murray, Utah to Clive Bennion and Lillian Reading.
Susan will be remembered by hundreds of students who learned at her feet during more than 30 years of teaching in elementary schools of a several districts across the State of Utah, as well as by dozens more children, young women, and women, who were impacted by her service as a ministering sister and in many other callings she held as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over more than five decades. Susan looked for opportunities to serve. She was most happy when she could help.
Susan met her husband Ronald Woodland while teaching his daughter in Tooele Central Elementary. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 31, 1978 and Sue’s new family instantly included four young children. She fully embraced the challenge of this new life and she loved and raised her four new children as her own — and was loved by them — and soon two more daughters joined their growing family.
Her husband, Ron, their children, children in-law, and grandchildren all knew that they were loved deeply by Susan, and that love only came second to her love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She worked hard to reflect the Light of Jesus Christ in her life, and for most of us watching her, her life of love and charity seemed to be effortless.
Another great love of Sue’s was reading. She read constantly and was always on the search for the next amazing book. Sue instilled a love of reading in her children and every birthday and every Christmas gift she gave included books.
She is survived by her husband, Ron, their six children – Brian Woodland (Michelle), Lisa Stout (Robin), Marie Christensen (Cameron), Michelle Chatterly (Cloyd), Emily Fonnesbeck (Brady), and Laura Zwahlen (Mark) – 19 grandchildren, and by her brother, Scott Reading (Vickie).
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Clive and Lillian Bennion, her brother, Gerald Bennion, and her sister, Sharon Davies.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Hughes Mortuary. Susan donated to several non-profit charities yearly. In lieu of flowers, she would want you to give to charities of your personal choice.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 20th at 11:00 am with a visitation prior to services at 9:30 to 10:45 at the Red Cliffs 5th Ward Chapel, 1155 North 1400 West, St. George, UT 84770. There will be a visitation on Friday, November 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the same location.
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So sorry to hear of Susan's passing. She is a great lady
Robyn Reading Dimond Nov 25 2021 1:57 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Susan Woodland
Tara Chappell Nov 22 2021 1:22 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Sue's passing. She was always so sweet and kind to me. My prayers and heart are with you and your family.
Stephanie Ralston Swan Nov 21 2021 8:50 PM
Ron, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweetheart and companion. I look back on fond memories of being in the 23rd ward with you and so many good people in St. George Utah. I will miss her. She had such a soft and sweet countenance about her. My prayers are with you and your sweet family.
Clo Ella Andrus Nov 20 2021 12:14 PM
Ron, So sorry for your loss.
Joe Francom Nov 19 2021 2:22 PM
Susan was such a light to all who knew her. I enjoyed the years that we taught side by side and I know how much she loved her students, their parents, and her colleagues. She was such an example to me. Kevin and I were so sad to hear of her passing and send our love and prayers to Ron and the family. Her influence will carry on in the hearts of so many.
Nadine Hancey Nov 18 2021 8:58 PM
Susan's life was a life of sharing and caring. She was always so good to help the Elementary kids learn reading, writing and math. She was the type of person who worked miracles, but never wanted the recogonition. Her life continues to teach all of us who knew her through her actions of compassion and caring. We all live our lives better by her quiet example. I enjoyed many years of teaching with Susan and will miss her coming by Sunset Elementary to see how we are doing. I wish her surviving family the peace of healing, she will be watching you everyday and waiting to beckon you home.
Brent Prince Nov 18 2021 12:44 PM
Sorry to hear of Susan passing. She was a great person. When she moved to standsbury park we lost contact with each other. I remember going to uncle Clive cabin and having many fun days there and also on their front lawn in Murray. God bless you all.
Merle Marshall Nov 18 2021 10:57 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Susan Woodland
Sally Slater Nov 18 2021 10:49 AM
So sad to hear of Susan's passing. She was an incredible teacher and friend. May you feel peace at this difficult time.
Chris Bundy Nov 18 2021 10:30 AM