In memory of

Susan R. Sperry, age 55, of Helena

July 29, 1961 – January 7, 2017

Susan R. Sperry, age 55, of Helena, passed away January 7, 2017.  There will be a chamber music concert in memory of Susan at St. Paul United Methodist Church on June 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Susan.


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  1. Marion Erp says:

    Susan was a member of the Helena Montana Kennel Club for many years, and we were saddened to hear of her passing. Please accept our condolences.

  2. Jan and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  3. I worked with Susan and adored her. She was funny and smart and incredibly kind to me. I’m sad that she is gone as I will miss her. One of my favorite memories is one day laughing over the personal ads in one of the newspapers we got in the office.

  4. Leona Zaharko says:

    Janet & Elizabeth – I am so sorry for your great loss. I got to know Susan better since I have been working at CVS. She was a very nice lady,

  5. Kim Sullivan says:

    I had met Susan several years ago through the dog sledding community. We both volunteered at Race To The Sky events and she was also a member of the local kennel club. I will miss visiting and working with her.
    To her family, i am so sorry for your loss. I will treasure her friendship and memory.

  6. Connie Hiett says:

    What a loss to all of us that knew and loved Susan. Working with her and our friendship was always an adventure. So many memories. She was a special soul.
    The deaf and hard of hearing community will feel the loss of all she did to help make their lives easier. She fought hard for their rights.
    My heart hurts for all that were part of her life.

  7. Tearra Donovan says:

    Susan was a special person that I’ll never forget, she had a beautiful heart who loved all of her family, friends, and animals. I am glad that she was my friend. She will be forever in my heart and never forgotten. Susan, you’ll be missed.

  8. Connie Phelps says:

    Janet and Elizabeth,
    The loss of Susan will leave a hole in all our hearts. Over the years I was privileged to get to know Susan and her heart. She loved her music and when she lost her hearing she redirected her passion to become an advocate for those with a hearing loss. She made a difference in so many lives. We laughed, cried and worked hard, but at the end of the day we shared a friendship. Be at peace dear Susan.


  9. Christine Sopko says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Susan’s family. I am extremely sad to hear of Susan’s passing. We were friends through high school and college, fellow musicians, and kindred spirits. We had countless wonderful times together playing music and otherwise. I am ashamed of how out of contact I have been with her over the last few years. I treasure my memories of Susan. My hope is that she rests in loving peace. Christine

  10. Mary Chronister says:

    Janet, Allen and I are very sad for your loss. Mary C.

  11. Neal Whitney says:

    Susan has been a friend, and family friend since Junior High. My favorite memories of Susan involve the issues we seem to have when getting her out in a boat on the water. We tried several times with one of our own boats, usually having some catastrophic failure of the tow vehicle, the boat or the weather. Susan would laugh it off and enjoy the adventure anyway.

    A few years ago, she accompanied our family on a trip to Glacier and Waterton Parks. We took the tour boat ride on Waterton Lake to the Goat Haunt ranger station. We were given a short period ashore, and Susan went for quick hike. When it came time for the return boat ride, she hadn’t yet rejoined us. I volunteered to stay behind and catch a later boat and the rest of the family went back to Waterton, Canada. After a second boat had come, and gone, I went to the ranger station to report a missing person and found Susan. She had realized she was late and in her hurry to get back, fell and got a few scrapes. She wasn’t hurt seriously but it was several hours until the next boat would come.

    After convincing the rangers that we weren’t a flight risk back into the US, and that we would definitely return in time to catch the next boat, they allowed us to go on a hike. We had a wonderful hike up to view Rainbow Falls, and returned in plenty of time to catch the last boat back, and another interesting adventure was completed.

    I’d like to wish her calm winds and smooth sailing, but she’d probably opt for the whitewater trip. Miss you. -Neal

  12. Jan Williams says:

    I remember Susan as the most incredible flutist in Junior High Band. The rest of us in the flute section were mere teens playing the flute, while Susan had taken it to several levels above us. We were in awe of her talent and her dedication to music, which she took her to many places around the world. Susan was never one to criticize our technique, but one who taught by playing her flute the best that she could. She will be missed, but I know that she is in heaven playing her flute with another classmate Amy Porte and will be making beautiful music. She will be missed.

  13. Terri John says:

    Dear Susan, you brightened my life with your wit and wisdom, your curiosity and creativity, your love of animals and nature, and your unfailing sense of humor. Our friendship felt connected at a level deeper than just this one lifetime and I am grateful for you and the gifts you brought to my life. Eres uno con la luz, mi amiga.

    Say not in grief that she is no more
    but say in thankfulness that she was
    A death is not the extinguishing of a light,
    but the putting out of the lamp
    because the dawn has come.
    – Rabindranath Tagore

  14. Janet- I am sorry for your loss… I pray that the good memories you treasure will continue to comfort you. Blessings from this Kansas friend.

  15. Sam Sperry says:

    Susan’s music enriched my life.
    Her walking in canyons below desert mountains and on mountain trails beneath glaciers let us share her joy and free spirit.
    Her love of dogs informed me of what things are possible.
    I will, in my time remaining, hold my daughter to the Light.

  16. Susan, we miss you and wish we had more time with you. I admire so much about you ~ your tenacity, your talent, your compassion. I know you are at peace, and am grateful to have known you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  17. Karen Bertroch says:

    I met Susan when she was four years old. She lived next door in Durango CO. She was the sweetest little girl, smart, polite, kind and curious. She was a joy at such a young age and her potential grew as she got older. Her love of dogs was there, strong and passionate, even then. Her love of hiking and exploring the outdoors was born as a very young child. She had a great smile all her life. Her focus on helping others experiencing physical challenges changed lives. I pray that her new home brings her music, dogs, and Gampy to be with her now. She will stay in our hearts in so many ways.

  18. Steve Floyd says:

    Oh my, what a loss. My deepest condolences to the loving family and friends of Ms. Susan. I hope and pray that you all find the ‘peace of God’. God has made some promises in the Bible that have brought comfort to many, including me in the loss of my loved ones. One is John 6:40 and the other is Revelation 21:1-4. I hope these help. Steve

  19. Sharon Elaine says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Susan. My deepest condolences to her family. Susan has left behind many precious memories and she will be dearly missed. May your memories of her bring you comfort as the days and years pass by. May God grant you peace during this difficult time. 2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 6:40.

  20. Nancy Foley says:

    To the family of Susan R. Sperry. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. John 5:29

  21. Barry Heath says:

    I’m in shock finding out we loss you Susan, you was a wonderful friend and much more I will miss you as other will miss you… R.I.P I want to say to her family that I’m sorry for your loss…

  22. Cindy Powell says:

    I was stunned and saddened to learn about Susan’s passing today, when I went onto her Facebook to wish her a Happy Birthday (next Saturday Susan would have been 56). I was blessed to meet Susan through MT Telecommunications Access Program. We immediately bonded professionally and personally, when we learned we had Colorado, but most of all, a shared passion of sled dog races, in common. I had hoped to fly up to go to Race to the Sky with Susan on a February in the future. Though that will not occur, I will think of Susan in the future during Race to the Sky and Iditarod. Susan was a very kind and gentle soul. Condolences to her family, and the many dogs she lived who will miss her presence immensely.

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