Sue Carol Buettner

Sue Carol (Holderness) Buettner passed from us, at the age of 71, on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Oro Valley Ariz., the result of sudden and unexpected heart failure.  Sue was born Oct. 6, 1942, in Spokane, WA, the only child of Gretchen A. and Jack F. Holderness, both deceased. She grew up in Odessa, Wash., where she graduated from Odessa High School, and received a Bachelor of Education from Washington State University in 1965.  Sue was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.  While at WSU, she met her future husband of 50 years Gerald (Jerry) Buettner, and they were married August 22, 1964. Following her accompanying Jerry on his first active duty Air Force military assignment, where she taught elementary school in Belton, Missouri for two years, and supporting him faithfully by mail during his Viet Nam tour, Sue and Jerry settled in Kirkland, WA.  Sue again taught elementary students in the Lake Washington School District, where in 1969 she received the District’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.  She chose to be a full-time mother for her two children, Christopher born in 1969 and Corlin (Cory) born in 1978.  When Cory reached school age, Sue returned to work as a Paraeducator in special education and went on to become the Intake Coordinator for the LWSD Special Education Preschool Program.  She retired in 2000.  Sue was active in politics, and served as campaign chairperson for two successful elections of her district’s representative to the Wash., State House.  Sue co-founded and administered the first Cub Scout Troop for boys with developmental disabilities in Washington State.   Following retirements, Sue and Jerry built a new home on Lopez Island, Wash., and acquired a winter home in Oro Valley, Ariz.  She was very active in her churches at all locations, teaching Sunday School, chairing church outreach programs, and participating in mission work such as Katrina hurricane reconstruction.  Sue was strongly involved in Bible Study Fellowship, an international bible study, as both a student and group leader for over 16 years.  She was always hungry for the Word, and at any given time was involved in a Bible Study.  She was an avid supporter of Christopher’s Special Olympics, Cory’s athletic accomplishments and Cory’s decision to enter the ministry. She especially loved being a part of her grandchildren’s lives, travelling to Canada for special events such as dance recitals and soccer games. Sue is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald; her two sons Chris and Cory; Cory’s wife Heidi; seven beloved grandchildren; five cousins; and numerous dear in-laws and friends in Washington, Arizona, and throughout the world.  A memorial service is being held on March 11, 2014 in Ariz. A second Memorial Service and Internment will occur at Center Church on Lopez Island, WA on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  Remembrances in Sue’s honor may be made to Community Homes, Inc., PO Box 1240, Bothell, WA 98041, a nonprofit provider of homes for the developmentally disabled. Sue will be greatly missed by so many and we find comfort that she is with her Lord and Savior.  Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Sue, please sign the online guest register at