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Susan Jane McAuliffe

May 30, 2012 by

Susan Jane McAuliffe, 68,  passed away at her home in Fort Klamath on Thursday, May 10, 2012 .
Susan was born in Coos Bay, on Sept. 20, 1943 to James and Jane (Sullivan) Lyons. After attending The Katherine Branson School and Marshfield High School, she finished high school in Dublin, Ireland. She attended Seattle University and the University of Oregon.
In 1963 she met Ambrose McAuliffe; she was looking for a horse to buy and Ambrose had one to sell. She always wanted to marry a cowboy and the two were married for 49 years. The couple owned and operated a cattle ranch in Fort Klamath for many years. In later years, she owned a sheep and cattle ranch in Tompkins, Saskatchewan. She held landed immigrant status in Canada. Susan had a passion for life and adventure. She loved the wide open spaces of the prairie and the desert. Susan was a thinker and loved to challenge the status quo. She was also a very caring person who fiercely believed everyone had the capacity for self-improvement. Determined, strong, generous and true, she had an indomitable spirit. Nothing was more important to her than making her family, especially her children and grandchildren feel loved and she truly valued the friends she made throughout her life.
Susan enjoyed driving draft horses, raising and training border collies, and she loved her Galloway cattle. She thoroughly enjoyed pulling pranks on people, and hearing or telling a good story.  She brought a sense of joy and humor to any occasion.  Susan was a devoted member of the Fort Klamath United Methodist Church, where she spent a number of years molding and shaping young minds with her Terrific Thursday Bible School. Keeping the church sustainable was one of her lifelong missions. She was also involved in a number of other organizations throughout her life, all in the hopes of bettering her community and helping the many people she knew and loved.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Jane Lyons; brother Stewart Lyons.
She is survived by her husband Ambrose; son Will McAuliffe; daughter and son-in-law Molly and Gary Hepper; sister and brother-in-law Sally and Con Fitzgerald; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Helene McAuliffe; sister-in-law Barbara Lyons; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Geneva and Ernie Toms; grandchildren Brittain and McKenzie McAuliffe and Cate Hepper; nephews and their spouses Con and Miranda Fitzgerald, Brendan and Megan Fitzgerald, Jim and Kari Lyons and Tim Lyons; nieces and their spouses Kristin and Jeff Rullifson and Debra and Chris Peterson; cousins Mary Brannaman, Stewart Wright, Jill Martin, Jimmy Kerns, Michelle Walker; numerous other relatives and close personal friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday May 18, 2012 at the Fort Klamath Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the CI Club.
Contributions in memory of Susan McAuliffe may be made to Fort Klamath United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 444, Ft. Klamath 97626 or to the Lake County Library Building Fund, 513 Center St., Lakeview 97630.

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One Response to Susan Jane McAuliffe

  1. She was my mom and the greatest mom in the world hands down. I love you MOM reast in peace see ya when I get there. Love your son, Will

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