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Elizabeth Chilton

Elizabeth Suzanne "Sue" Chilton, age 91, of Spicer, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 18, at the Glen Oaks Care Center in New London.

A celebration of Sue's life will be held on July 2 at the family's lake home on Henderson Lake. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer.

Elizabeth Suzanne "Sue" Chilton was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 19, 1925 to John and Elizabeth ("Betty") Schwartz. Sue lived a wonderfully full life, graduating from Sioux City Central High School in 1943, attending the University of Kansas, living in Laguna Beach, Phoenix and Las Vegas before settling down with Robert Chilton in 1957 and having three children. Sue taught in the Sioux City public schools from 1968 until her retirement in 1989, when she moved to Spicer, Minnesota where she had been a summer resident since she was born. She became a foster grandparent at the New London-Spicer High School and was known to all as "Grandma Sue". In 1994, she was the Grand Marshal of the annual Fourth of July Spicer parade, an honor that she forever treasured.

Sue is survived by her three children, Betsy Anderson (and Jan) of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Kate Chilton of Los Angeles, California and Bob Chilton (and Vikki) of Burleson, Texas; five grandchildren and her sister, Louise Shore of St. Louis, Missouri and Spicer, besides other relatives and friends.

Cemetery Details

Spicer City Cemetery
577 Agnes Street West
Spicer, MN, 56288


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I remember Sue when I was a child growing up in the New-London Spicer School District. She treated every child as if they were her own grandchild. I had the honor in meeting Sue once again as an adult; she had not changed from almost 30 years ago. She was truly a caring and kind woman. Rich TaylorDirector of Nursing GlenOaks

Rich Taylor - May 20, 2016 at 10:49 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What a nice lady! Had many good conversations with her. GOD SPEED SUE...A job well done. (Gene Wickey...Tucson, AZ.)

Gene Wickey - May 21, 2016 at 07:32 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sue was a fun loving one-of a kind lady. She cherished her great memories and was thrilled to tell me about her wonderful 90th birthday party when I stopped by. She will be missed by all who cared for and about her. RIP, SueBea OuradaSpicer

Bea OURADA - May 21, 2016 at 08:47 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My sympathy to Sue's family! I am the proud wearer of a Clown Outfit she wore in her clowning days and I attended her 90th with it on as Happy! Bless her and good memories!!!!

darlene bratberg - May 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Betsy my thoughts are with you in the loss of your Mother. Hope all is well with you! lvs

Larry V Schmitz - May 22, 2016 at 04:33 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We are saddened to learn of Sue's passing. Our thoughts go out to her family, she will be missed.

Thomas Chase - May 22, 2016 at 07:14 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sue will sure be missed. She was such a good friend and companion to my Mother, Dorothy, who was 14 years her senior. One year in the mid-90's she accompanied my Mother on the flight to Denver and back for a few day's visit, as Dorothy didn't drive and was unable to get thru the airport alone.I visited her every time I was in Willmar, and spoke for the last time about 6 weeks ago.RIP Sue. Charlie Gerretson

Charlie - May 24, 2016 at 05:59 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I have a handful of very fond memories of visiting with Sue along the lake shore whenever my parents and I were guests of Norm and Sis - and Woody - Whiting. Sending you my deepest condolences and prayers that memories of her marvelous personality will surround and comfort you all. Sincerely, Katie (Kelly) Colling, Sioux City.

Katie Colling - May 25, 2016 at 08:59 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I was a caregiver for Sue when she was in her apt. At Glen Oaks. Every morning, I made poached eggs and toast for her. She had to teach me to make the eggs since I had never had poached eggs in my life. We had a mutual friend in Martha( Mars). I loved Sue dearly and we had many great talks over the years. I still visited her in the assisted and the in the care center. Blessed be her memory!!! Lisa T.

lisa thorson - May 27, 2016 at 10:20 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM