It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Suzanne Diane Wallden on December 31, 2015 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 64, after a six month struggle with brain cancer.

Suzanne was born on May 19, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario to Frank and Joy Mills. She was the third of four children. Suzanne grew up in Orillia, Ontario and moved to Victoria, BC with her parents in Grade 11. After high school, she enrolled in UVIC where she completed the education program to become an elementary school teacher. In 1973, she moved to Prince George, BC to start her first teaching job. In the fall of 1974, Suzanne met her soon-to-be husband, David, on a hike with some mutual friends. They got married in Victoria on August 23, 1975 and then moved from Prince George to Vernon in July 1976. Suzanne began teaching at BX Elementary and taught there until 1980 when her first daughter, Lindsie was born. She then took seven years off from teaching. During that time, Suzanne had her second daughter, Courtney in 1983. Suzanne was a very devoted mother and took great interest in her daughters’ lives. She returned to teaching in 1987 and held various teaching positions at Whitevale and Lavington Elementary Schools. Suzanne’s passion was teaching children. She was very devoted to her career and didn’t think twice about putting in long hours. She was always thinking about school, even during the holidays.

One of Suzanne’s other passions was downhill skiing. She loved being out in the fresh air, going fast and was known for leaving her family in the dust! Suzanne was also an avid reader and frequented the library and its book club. She enjoyed many years of performances at the Powerhouse Theatre and the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre. She liked attending the dance, theatre, North Okanagan Community Concert and Okanagan Symphony shows. Suzanne also volunteered in the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre and was a member of the Vernon & District Garden Club and the Society for Open Learning and Discussion.

Suzanne loved to travel and go camping with her family. She always wanted to go out for walks with family and friends. She valued her friendships and always kept in touch with friends near and far. Suzanne will be lovingly missed as a caring wife, mother, and a very proud Nana of her three grandchildren.

Suzanne was predeceased by her parents Frank and Joy Mills. She is survived by her loving husband David of 40 years, two daughters Lindsie (Jarett) and Courtney (Kris), three grandchildren Alexa and Morgan, and Ethan all of Vernon. Sisters Penny Mills of Victoria, July Mills (Craig Leitch) of Salt Spring Island, and brother David (Cora) Mills of Angus, Ontario as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.

A Celebration of Life for Suzanne will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Okanagan Landing Community Hall in Paddlewheel Park, 7813 Okanagan Landing Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Suzanne Wallden.

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