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Obituary for Lucille Collett

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Susie Collett passed away at her home with family at her side in the evening of May 5, 2017.
Susie was born in Veblen, South Dakota on March 3, 1918 to Edith and Olaf Quammen. She was raised in a small town with her brother David and sister Doris. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Veblen, South Dakota. In 1939, Susie graduated from Bethesda Nursing School in St. Paul, Minnesota. She joined the U.S. Army in February, 1942, and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Susie served the 8th Air Force for three years in Norwich, England, during World War II and was on her way to Okinawa, the night that the Japanese surrendered.
Upon returning home, Susie was contacted by the Red Cross and asked to care for children stricken with polio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was hired by the Veterans’ Hospital in Boise, Idaho in 1947.
In 1949, Susie married George Stoughton. George died in 1967. In 1973, Susie married Gordon Collett. Susie and Gordon lived a full life traveling the world from the African nation of Tanzania near the equator to Kotzebue, Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle. In between they spent time in Europe, including her ancestral home of Norway. Gordon died in 2012.
Susie had a life-long curiosity about everything and an intense love of learning. Even in her 90’s, Susie said that she always read non-fiction, because there was yet so much to discover. Susie was an avid volunteer at Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Idaho School & Hospital in Nampa, the YWCA, and the Breast Cancer Detection Center.
Susie is survived by her nephew, Alan Quammen and four nieces: Nancy Truax, Linda Quammen, Alice Quammen, Andrea Bignold of the Twin Cities, Gordon’s nieces and nephews and their spouses, and her dear friends, Karen Kuklinsky and daughter Karianna and her caretaker, Alison Sword. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and sister, and her two husbands.
Susie’s family and friends would like to thank Alison Sword for her care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the endowment fund at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday May 18th at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 2920 Cassia St. Boise. Military service will follow at 11:00 a.m. the Idaho Veterans’ Cemetery. A reception of friends and family will be held at Redeemer Church prior to the service, at 8:30
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