A cherished community member of the City of Lakewood, Susan “Sue B” Badertscher, passed away peacefully with her kitty and her husband holding her hand on February 10, 2014, Sue B will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Sue fought a hard 3 year battle with pancreatic cancer and in the end the cancer won. During Sue’s fight, her niece Tina gave her “T” shirts, buttons and a hat that said “One Tough Chick” and Sue wore them proudly to all her treatments and surgeries. Sue was “One Tough Chick”.
Sue B is survived in death by her beloved husband Jim Smith, step daughter Madison Shelton, siblings Bobbie Swearengin, Kurt Badertscher, Ann Frasher, 5 nieces & nephews and 4 grandnieces & nephews.
Sue B was born in Columbus, Ohio to Robert & Audrey Badertscher. She attended Ohio State University and then finished with a degree in interior design from Clover Park Vocational School. Sue B moved to the Puget Sound area in 1972 and after moving around with her first husband as a military wife, she settled down here in Lakewood in ‘91 where she met her husband Jim of 16 yrs,
Her adopted slogan – Live Like a Lion. The cancer claimed her life but could not claim her heart and soul. Sue B gave her heart and soul to her community through the Lakewood First Lions Club. Sue was passionately involved in Lakewood becoming a city, Communities in Schools, Caring for Kids, Paint Tacoma/Pierce Beautiful projects, and Partners for Parks to name a few. She also spearheaded the Lakewood First Lions apple sales program to benefit the Lions – Camp Leo, a program for children with diabetes; and this year, they sold a record number of boxes. During Sue B’s 19 years of service with the Lakewood First Lions Club she received numerous awards including the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest recognition afforded by the 1.35 million members of the Lions international organization.
Sue B’s life will be celebrated in the near future at a location in Lakewood Washington. Please in lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate, in her name to the Lakewood First Lions Club at lakewoodfirstlions.org/ – 100%, as always, will go to support the community of Lakewood. Or consider joining Lions in her memory, which would be very nice. If you know Sue & would like to be invited to the celebration, please call Sue’s Cell at 253-307-9214 and explain who you are.
Live Like a Lion and all will be well.