Susan Judith Dye

Susan Judith Dye, 71, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, slipped peacefully into the night on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Susie was born August 14, 1941 in Mousie, Kentucky to James Brown and Melba McClung. She was the eldest of the two sisters. Susie had a great deal of responsibility while growing up. Her mother Melba, passed away from tuberculosis while Susie was just nine years old. After that time, she helped her father raise her younger sister Sandy, while her father worked hard to provide for both of them. Susie graduated from high school in California. A few years later, she moved to Reno where she met and married the love of her life, Ralph Vern Dye. He fondly remembers going to a friends home to trade some horses and received an invitation to dinner which is where they met. He states that he went home empty handed where the horses were concerned, but Susie captured his heart. They were married one year later and moved to Omaha. A few years later, they both fell in love with beautiful farm in Logan, Iowa which they have called home ever since. They celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary this past January. Susie was an excellent chef, working at several prominent restaurants in the Omaha area in her younger years. She received several rave reviews in the paper complimenting her talent in this arena. Susie later turned her passion for cooking into a highly esteemed career in dietary services. She completed her education at Iowa Western in 1985, being named a very valuable mentor in her graduating class. She continued to excel as Dietary Services Manager for skilled care facilities until her retirement. She was loved by all she worked with. After she retired, she embraced her love for her farm and animals. She bred and raised Boston Terriers, then sent them off to be loved by other families. She fell in love with so many, that a lot of the pups took up permanent residence at the farm. Susie was an extremely talented painter. It was a passion of hers and she sold several canvases. She enjoyed all kinds of handwork, including knitting and crocheting. Some of the fondest memories of Susie is her sharing those passions and talents by teaching them to her family. She especially enjoyed making heirlooms for all of her friends and family. She always had her knitting at the side of her chair to pick up whenever she had a spare minute. Susie will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her. It is so hard to say goodbye to our dear ones…but we look to forward to the joyful reunion. We wouldn’t fully appreciate the joyful reunions ahead without the tearful separations now. The only way we can take the sorrow out of death would be to take love out of life. “Though sorrow comes to ever heart that dares to let love in, it’s that same love the carries us until we meet again…” Susie is survived by her husband Ralph Vern Dye of Logan; daughters, Kathleen Hinkel of Missouri Valley; Hope Moackler (Frank) of Omaha; and four grandchildren Kaine Dye of Iowa, Jonathan Dye (Kyla) of Council Bluffs, Joe Thompson (Lea) of Papillion and Dawn Armstrong (Craig) of Utah; and 12 great grandchildren; Anthony, Drew, Ethan, Julian, Ava, Sophia, Payton, Cameron, Kailee, Madyson, Greysen, (and new baby due in November!) She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Melba Brown, her sister Sandy, her beloved son Jake Vern Dye, grandson Mark Lee Brule, and great grandson Tre Michael Armstrong. The family would like to thank the many doctors that treated her. We appreciate and thank the staff and volunteers of the LongView nursing home in Missouri Valley, Iowa where she was treated with such kindness and love during her time there. We would also like to thank the Hennessey Aman Funeral home for their exceptional services.

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