Sue Patterson died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of May 5, 2023 after a brief illness. Sue was born on July 28, 1947, in Eureka. She was predeceased by her parents, Harvie and Mae Patterson, her sister Ann Klint, and her brother Cy Patterson. She is survived by five nephews and a niece: Mark Krikava, Michael Patterson (Chelsea), Dennis Krikava (Janet), David Patterson (Sydney), Matt Klint (Mary), and Jennifer Klint & great- niece Annie-Mae McCarty (Charlie) and great-nephew Patrick Patterson.

Sue attended high school in Watsonville and went on to graduate from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree specializing in Spanish literature, during which time she spent a year studying in Spain.

After college Sue worked at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and continued her education at CSU San Jose studying Library Science. Sue was a voracious reader and her home was always lined with bookshelves.

Sue moved back to Humboldt in the late 1980s and worked at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna and St. Joe’s Hospital in Eureka until retirement.

Sue was well-known as an animal lover. She spoiled her pets outrageously and was never without a cat or dog in her life.

Since moving to Fortuna Sue became an active part of the community and made many friends. In fact, she never met a person or an animal that didn’t fast become her friend. In addition to many social activities such as Bunco, book club, and daily visits to the dog park, Sue was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Quilt Guild and sang in the choir at the Fortuna United Methodist Church.

Sue loved to cook and bake and enjoyed providing treats to her friends, family, and their dogs. She was famous for her Pecan Tassies, Snickerdoodles, & dog cookies.

Sue’s family would like to thank her many friends for their support and help in her final difficult years: Norma Allman, Deanne McCall, Toni Smith, neighbors Larry and Razia, and Max Schoenfeld to name a few.

We would also like to thank the Humboldt organizations that helped with Sue’s care: Redwood PACE, Agape, and Humboldt Hospice.

A celebration of Sue’s life is being planned and will be announced at a later date.


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