Susan ” Sue” Lee Saunders, 73, passed away in her home in Wichita on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
She was born on July 14, 1946, to William “Bill” Novikoff and Carrie “Onilee” (Oliver) Murray in Lynwood, Calif.
She married the love of her life Jack Saunders in St. George, Utah, on March 2, 1963. They were both very proud in the fact that against all the odds they were married for 56 years prior to her passing.
Sue was not only an outstanding homemaker, mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend. she also was a pillar of strength, compassion and guidance for all those she loved and who cherished her as well. She enjoyed bargain shopping, HGTV, being with her family and “Counting Her Chickens.” She touched the lives of all those around her with a Kind Spirit, Loving Heart and that perfect touch of orneriness and mischievousness.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Saunders; mother-in-law, Carol Saunders; children Nancy Love, Caren Saunders, Sandy and Todd Burris, Bonnie Saunders and Jackson Bradley; grandchildren Robert McLemore and Maranda Martinez, Chad Rumsey, Brad Rumsey and Alicia Rustan, Jessica Clem (Bradley), John Burris and Carrianne Burris; great-grandchildren: Nevaeh, Gunner and Hunter Rumsey, Alexis “Lexie” Rumsey and Khloe Phan; brothers Leon Novikoff, Michael “Mike” Coverdale, Robert “Bob” David, Ronald “Ron” Saunders, Rick Blackwood; sisters, Nancy Jane George, Linda Novikoff, Cherie David, Jonell Blackwood, Karen Shultz, Cynde Goertzen, Elaine Saunders and Mi Ling Saunders; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents; brothers David Novikoff and Donald “Don” Saunders; great- grandchild Bradley Rumsey; and other family members.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. A public visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.19, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.The family will there between 6 and 8 p.m. to greet friends and family.