OMAK, Wash. -- Susan Elaine Wagner, 54, of Omak, Wash., blessed us with her presence until Nov. 16, 2012, when she died from cancer. She was born in Augusta, Maine, on Sept. 12, 1958, to Alvin and June Wagner of Readfield, Maine.
She graduated from Winthrop High School, Winthrop, Maine, in 1976. After graduation, she worked for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, followed by several years as a travel agent at Welcome Aboard Travel Agency in Augusta.
In 1988, she graduated with highest distinction, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Maine in Orono. She moved to Wisconsin in 1997 and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. While earning her degree, she worked for Women's International Pharmacy.
Susan joined Indian Health Service as a civil servant in 1998 and transferred to Kayenta, Ariz. Her work with IHS brought her to Omak, where she assisted in opening a satellite pharmacy.
Succeeding IHS, Susan worked for Rite Aid, J&S Pharmacy, Ulrich's in Omak and Twist, as well as Gross Drug in Bridgeport, Wash. Susan was a licensed pharmacist preceptor and was actively training as a pharmacy technician.
Susan is survived by her significant other, Jennifer Haugen, of Omak; her parents, Alvin and June Wagner, of Readfield; two brothers, Alan and Lorraine Wagner, of Readfield, and Stuart and Wendy Wagner, of Mt. Vernon, Maine; aunts and uncles, Norma Panek, Thelma Shaw, Helen Chamberlain, Rex and Gayle Barkwell, and Douglas and Ginny Wagner; her niece, Kailee; nephew, Colin; and numerous cousins and a multitude of friends. She was predeceased by her nephews, Casey Hall and Jonathan Wagner.
Susan had a celebration of life on Aug. 25, 2012. She requested her body be donated to medical research. Her ashes will be spread in accordance to her wishes and a formal ceremony will be held later by her family in Maine.
In lieu of flowers please ,send memorial donations to Omak Food Bank, PO Box 4337, Omak, WA 98840, or Readfield Union Meeting House, care of Marius Peladeau, 158 Thorpe Shore, Readfield 04355.
Memories, stories, loving thoughts and words from your heart may be sent to Alvin and June Wagner, 414 North Road, Readfield 04355 and Jennifer Haugen, P.O. Box 3962, Omak, WA 98841.
Susan touched many lives. It was a blessing and honor to know her; her memory lives on in our hearts. Susan, you are loved!