On Sunday, September 27th, 2020, the world lost an amazing light as Anita Sue “Susie” Stanley passed from this earthly life and went home to be with her mama and daddy at the age of 58.
Susie was born on December, 13th, 1961, to Lela Oletha and JD Nichols in Bakersfield, California. She was the 7th of 8 siblings, and it was this that led to her dream of having a big family, which she happily started after marrying Tom Harris in May of 1980. This union saw the birth of her firstborn, daughter Nicky, then second born, son Michael Harris, who were the absolute lights of her life. As things happen, this union was not forever, and they went their separate ways. Susie was then blessed to reconnect with the love of her life, Forest Wayne Stanley Jr., and their two families became happily blended on February 20th, 1993, in California. It was in this union that her family became complete as she accepted Forest’s son, Jeff, as one of her own, and they welcomed the addition of Joshua, Amber, and Forest Austin, making her the happiest wife and mom that one could imagine. In 2006, Susie, Forest, and their children moved to Hinton, Oklahoma, where she saw her wonderful family grow with the marriages of her children and the births of their grandchildren whom she loved with all of her heart.
One thing undeniable about Susie was her passion for life. It emanated from her like a ray of sunlight onto whomever had the pleasure of making her acquaintance. That passion presented itself in the way she treasured reading, tended to her plants, and most importantly in the way she loved the people that meant the most to her in the world. The love in her heart was all-inclusive, and she was described by her eldest daughter as being a collector of people, loving each and every person she accepted into her life as though they were one of her own. Susie knew no stranger, and will be forever remembered for her uplifting talks about life over a cup of coffee, a phone call that could brighten even the darkest of days, and her incredible hugs that never failed to make everything better. To say that Susie will be missed by those that loved her is an understatement of the highest caliber, and we will remember her magnetic presence, her light, and the love she gave to us all, forever.
Susie was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Bob, Larry, and David Findley. She is survived by her loving husband, Forest of El Reno, her six children and their spouses; Nicky (Devon) Bleak of Winslow, AZ, Jeff (Shyla) Stanley of Yukon, Michael (Jessica) Harris of Fresno, CA, Joshua (Kari) Nichols of Hinton, Amber (Branden) Espenson of Hinton, and Forest Austin (Paige) Stanley of Yukon; her 24 grandchildren whom she loved with an unconditional fierceness, Destiny, Doug, Savannah, Samantha, Layne, Dixon, Sayde, Draven, Lyla, Archer, Eden, Emberly, Chasity, Kylie, Devin, Krista, Chloe, Jaxon, Logan, Camren, Daylen, Ethen, and Korbin; and her siblings Kenny Findley, Kevin Findley, Mike Findley, and Gay Golden of Hinton.
A viewing for those wishing to say their goodbyes will be held Thursday, October 1st at Ingram, Smith, and Turner Mortuary in Yukon from 5-8 pm, and a Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 2nd, at the Hot Spot in Hinton from 10 am-3 pm.
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