Susan Sanders Cannon, 75, our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home on Thursday, November 14, 2019 while surrounded by her family. She was born June 18, 1944 to Rulon Heber and Winifred Parry Sanders in Salt Lake City, Utah and married Grant B. Cannon on September 13, 1967 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served willingly in many different callings wherever she lived.
As a child Susan attended Stewart School and was a proud alumnus of East High School where she was active in pep club. She received a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from the University of Utah and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She was a skilled seamstress, winning awards and often making clothes for her own children. She met her husband, Grant, at the U and together they lived in Morgantown, WV, Lompoc, CA, Birmingham, AL and Glasgow, Scotland before returning to Utah. They raised their family in Holladay where Susan found their dream home on Old Colony Circle. Here, she made lifelong friends and many treasured memories. She loved to travel and organized many fun trips with her husband and family.
Susan was best known for her infectious personality. She was always fun, had an uncanny sense of humor and had a gift for putting people at ease. Pleasant, easy-going and a friend to everyone, Susan loved a party. She was sure to be involved in any event, whether it was her own party, or generously offering her beautiful home as the venue. It is no exaggeration to say she was always positive and never spoke negatively of anyone. The epitome of optimism, nothing ever seemed to get her down. Even when she developed rheumatoid arthritis and eventually an intractable lung disease leading to a double lung transplant and many surgical complications, she kept her positive outlook on life, never complaining.
Susan and her husband completed two missions: an inner city mission in downtown Salt Lake for which she was so well suited, and a humanitarian mission to the Philippines, which unfortunately got cut short due to her lung condition. She was accepted into the lung transplant programs at the University of Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Clinic. She ended up having the surgery in Cleveland after waiting a year in Pittsburgh on the transplant list. Everywhere she went she made lifelong friends. She spent the last 7 years in Holladay where she was skillfully followed and treated by the Lung Transplant team at the University of Utah, to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.
Susan is survived by her husband, Grant, her six children, Nancy Paulsen (Matt), David Cannon (Sylvia), Bryan Cannon, Diane Jones (Thomas), Danny Cannon (Maretta), Lisa Cannon, and her 11 grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Carolyn Hillam (Ray, deceased) and Nancy Jones (Jerry, deceased), and one brother, Steven Sanders (Shari). She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother John Sanders (Maureen) and her sister Jane Sanders.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Holladay 28th Ward building, 2625 E. Milo Way (4910 S.) at 12 pm. There will be a viewing Friday evening from 6-8 pm and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 am at the chapel on Milo Way. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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