Sue Ellen (Hindman) Wirth, 77, of Durkee, died July 4, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.
Sue wanted no funeral, but a casual gathering for family and friends is planned at the Durkee Community Hall on Saturday, July 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sue was born on Jan. 19, 1942, at Baker to Donald and Ida (Gerry) Hindman, the second of seven siblings. She grew up primarily in Durkee, attending the two-room Durkee schoolhouse through the eighth grade.
As she was gifted in English and spelling, she became the county spelling bee champion in the fifth grade. In 1956, the family moved to the “big city” of La Grande, where she was particularly thankful to make four good friends with whom she graduated from La Grande High School in 1960.
She attended Eastern Oregon College and lived for a time in the southern San Francisco Bay area with different relatives to whom she was always grateful. In the late 1960s, she worked for Montgomery Ward and lived with her younger sister, Judy, in Portland, where she became reacquainted with Elwood Wirth of Lime, Oregon.
Sue and Elwood married in 1969 in Boise. The couple had two children: son, Monty, (born in 1970 at Heppner) and daughter, Christy, (born in 1974 at Salem). The family moved to Durkee in 1974, where the kids were raised, and she and Elwood remained. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and joyful grandmother.
Visiting with her siblings, cousins and other relatives was about her favorite way to spend time. Sue also loved music, dancing and Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
She was an outgoing, sociable person who enjoyed striking up conversations wi th total strangers. It was sometimes difficult to finish shopping at a grocery store, because she wanted to talk to so many other people in the aisles. She loved meeting kids of all ages, asking them their names and ages. If anyone had a pet, she would ask what its name was.
In recent years, her greatest pleasure was her grandchildren. Her son, Monty, married Beth in 2015, who brought with her Elliot (born in 2005), and the couple had daughters, Alexandra, (born in 2016) and Maggie (born in 2019). Sue was always ready to provide the grandkids with the appropriate amounts of candy, laughter and funny stories.
She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her, family members said.
Survivors include her aforementioned husband, children and grandchildren; brother, Jack Hindman of La Grande; and sisters, Patty Hindman of La Grande, Judy VanDyke of Dickinson, North Dakota and Toni Alford of Vancouver, Washington.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirl ey Bloomer; and brother, Steve Hindman.