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Susan Mary (Condon) Ashe

Posted 2009-01-03 by Pat Wilson
ASHE, Susan Mary
Susan Mary Ashe, January 19, 1949-October 1, 2003
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, our beloved mother, wife, sister and aunt, Susan Ashe passed away peacefully with the same dignity, serenity and courage with which she lived her life. She will always be an inspiration to the family and friends who were blessed to share her life. A devoted wife and loving mother, she adored her husband Tom and son Christopher. They now have their own special angel watching over them. All who knew her enjoyed her infectious laugh, contagious smile and generous expressions of kindness and forgiveness. She is additionally remembered for her ability to "always be in your corner when the chips are down", "always getting to the heart of the matter", "showing her innate wisdom", and never being considered a "fair weather friend".

Susan Mary Condon Ashe was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 19, 1949, the third of eight children to Lowell Duane and Patricia Bredesen Condon. She grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs, graduating from Bemidji State College with a degree in Education and Business. She spent a year in Oxford, England pursuing her love of Shakespeare and Elizabethan literature and English history, frequenting the Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford on Avon. Sue loved traveling, especially through Europe.

In 1989 for her fortieth birthday, she and Tom traveled through Europe on the Orient Express and she was able to share with him her special memories as they revisited England together. Christopher who is now thirteen was born at the end of that year. She was a Marketing Director in the early days of Illy Cafe Espresso coffee company and became a coffee expert. Always a beautiful woman inside and outside, she was featured in a television commercial and magazine advertisement for Jif peanut butter. In later years (1997-2001) with the assistance of her sister, Terry, she opened her own gift shop, WOW gifts, located at Alma School Road and Queen Creek Road in Chandler. WOW was MOM spelled upside down and she always felt the idea for the shop was inspired by her mother.

A deeply spiritual woman, Susan was very involved in her church, Ocotillo Springs United Methodist Church. She was very appreciative of the kindness and fellowship of her fellow church members and those who ministered to her.

Susan was preceded in death by her father, Lowell Condon, who died a month ago. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Patricia, her brother Jon Condon and her nephew Michael Martinez. She is survived by her devoted husband, Tom and beloved son, Christopher. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers: Dr. Cathleen Smith, Fountain Hills Mrs. Carole Martinez (Michael), Fountain Hills Ms. Terry Darnell, Phoenix Mr. Jim Condon (Colleen), Scottsdale, Mr. Tim Condon (Loretta), Phoenix and Ms. Cynthia Bacso, Dunedin, Florida. She was a Special Aunt to her nieces nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews whose lives are forever touched by her special legacy.

Viewing at Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Dr., Chandler, AZ. Services were held at First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. First Ave, Mesa, AZ. Memorials to Hospice of the Valley and Ocotillo Springs Methodist Church are appreciated. Published in The Arizona Republic 10/3/2003.

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