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Susan “Sue” Medley

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Susan “Sue” Raye Medley of Johnston, Iowa passed away unexpectedly on August 29th, she was 79 years old. Her journey through life was filled with family, friends, and wonderful memories.

Sue was born in Algona, Iowa on May 10th, 1944, to Raymond and Rozella Harr. She graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School in 1962 and then later attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri. Sue began her 35-year career with Boise Cascade in Kansas City where she made lifelong friendships and became a big Kansas City Chiefs fan. Looking for a fresh start, Sue took a leap of faith and started a new chapter in Oregon. There she enjoyed the Pacific Northwest and met great new friends and coworkers before retiring from Boise Cascade in 2006 and returned to Iowa. Although she did not love the cold and snow, Sue was happy to be back closer to family in Iowa and soon found a wonderful group of women who welcomed her. Johnston Women’s Social Connection was just what she needed and provided endless entertainment, laughs and memories. Sue's commitment to her family and friends was unparalleled. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, love of playing Bridge and other card games with friends, bowling, golfing, and enjoying the simple things in life like a good cup of coffee and a fresh manicure.

Sue is survived by her beloved sister Dana Harr of Coralville, Iowa, who will continue to cherish the memories they created together. Others who will be remembering her fondly are her Nephew Matt Harr (Andy Gish) of Atlanta, Georgia; Niece Meredith Doyen (Tommy) of Fishers Island, New York; Niece Allyson Sander (Eric) of West Des Moines, Iowa; Niece Kelsey Harr-Lagin of Kennesaw, Georgia; Nephew Christopher HarrKuhn of Iowa City, Iowa; Niece Jennifer Sotelo (Tony) of Atalissa, Iowa; Great Niece Lauren Sander and Great Nephews Dylan and Charles Doyen, Max Sander, Edward Harr, and Ethan Lagin. Sue's life was also enriched by her cousins, other family members, and friends who will miss her deeply. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Rozella Harr, and her brothers, Mike Harr, and Craig Harr.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7th at 2:00pm at Merle Hay Chapel in Des Moines, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ellipsis in Johnston, an organization Sue strongly supported.




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