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Susan Frances Sias

August 2, 1942 — April 13, 2022

Susan Frances (Stagg) Sias passed away in Delta, Utah on April 13, 2022. She was born August 2, 1942, in Helena, Montana to Irwin and Grace Stagg. She spent her early years until high school graduation in Helena having fun with her four brothers, going to shooting competitions, doing 4H, and enjoying the great outdoors of Montana. In 1961, she married Russell Sias from Kalispell, Montana. They moved back and forth to the greater Seattle Washington area a couple of times before returning to Kalispell with their older three children, Stacey, Alan, and Skye. Their youngest son, Joseph, was born in Kalispell.

Susan served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was at various times a seminary teacher and a specialist for Scouting. Susan’s father and mother were involved with the Masonic lodge, and this carried through to her. She was very proud of her time spent with the Rainbow Girls and in Eastern Star. She also ran a successful daycare. After a few years in Minnesota, Russell and Susan relocated to Provo, Utah where they divided their time after retirement between Utah and Quartzite, Arizona. They enjoyed being “rockhounds” and Susan made many beautiful jewelry items from the rocks that Russell polished and prepared with her addition of wire work. During their retirement years, they managed campgrounds and RV parks in various beautiful places.  Recently, they had relocated to Delta, Utah and managed an RV Park there.

Susan was a very kind person who used her compassion to help anyone who was struggling with life. She considered many of those that she helped as part of her extended family and maintained contact with them throughout the years. She loved to prepare elegant dinners and will always be remembered for her wonderful skills as an accomplished chef.  Susan also was a skilled seamstress and even would make clothes for young sister missionaries with limited resources.  She will be greatly missed, but many of her traits can be seen in her posterity. Susan was an avid reader and at times made her living by working as a rapid reader with unusual comprehension. Susan was proud of her time as an “old fashioned” telephone operator when she was first married. She loved to tell of the time of the emergency call that came in for one of her own children.

Susan is survived by her husband Russell, her daughter Stacey (Milton) Briggs, Alan (Katja) Sias, and Joe (Joleen) Sias, her brother Lynn Stagg, as well as nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Skye and three of her brothers, Lloyd, LeRoy, and Don.

She will be interred in Kalispell, Montana in the Conrad Memorial Cemetery. 

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