To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord…. 2 Corinthians: 5-8
Suanne Marie Williams Odegaard was born November 8, 1969, to Sandra and John Williams, and was welcomed home by big brothers Eric and Garth.
Suanne moved to her heavenly home on July 23, 2023. Suanne was preceded in passing by her husband, Troy Odegaard, her mother, Sandy Williams, and both of her maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her “Dad”, as she always called him, John Williams and his wife Jody (of Colstrip); her son, Tyler Williams, his wife Heather, and sons, Lynden and Pierce (of Billings); her brother, Eric and his wife Allison, daughter Tasha, and son Wyatt (of University Place, Washington); her brother Garth, his wife Ronna, daughter Shaina (of Hayden, Idaho), and son Connor (of Denver, Colorado). Suanne is also survived by her Aunt Beth and husband Jerrel, their children and grandchildren, as well as cousins Tracy, Heather, Danielle, Rex, Jenna, and their respective families (all of Pennsylvania).
Sue was known to be precocious as a young child, a good student, and was active in sports and many outdoor activities. She graduated from Colstrip High School in 1987, attended college at Montana State University – Bozeman, before transferring to Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University – Billings) where she graduated with honors in Physical education. Sue was in the process of serving as a basketball coach and a substitute teacher at Colstrip High School when she was gravely injured in an auto accident that took the life of her husband, Troy.
Sue’s multiple severe injuries kept her in a coma for nearly a year, while her mom Sandy, was constantly at her side in prayer, and all the while putting forth great encouragement for Sue to grab hold of as she moved to Denver for rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury after she regained consciousness. Sue then worked hard to relearn a number of skills and was mostly wheelchair bound. Yet, her spirit remained strongly independent over the next 30 years of her life. Her dad, John, and her son Tyler, traveled from Colstrip to Denver to visit Sue every other weekend during her rehabilitation time there, in addition to her mom, Sandy.
Sue deeply loved the Lord and was a major overcomer in her efforts to get better, to remain healthy, and somehow regain mobility. When she became a resident of Bee Hive homes in Great Falls, Montana, Sue was able to bloom forth. She went toboggan skiing, swimming, attended a Harlem Globetrotters game and got a signed basketball, among numerous other activities. All this was made possible through some awesome caregivers during these years.
Sue became a favorite with the caregivers and enjoyed some relationships with other brain-injured folks living in her Bee Hive unit. Over the past couple of years, she contracted Covid twice, and other health issues began impacting her once athletic and strong body. Following several hospitalizations this year Sue entered hospice care, while remaining at Bee Hive Home, a few weeks before her move to Heaven.
Please join us in a celebration of life memorial service for Sue, to be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Colstrip community Church at 10:00 am, where she was married and attended worship services as a young woman. Interment will follow in Colstrip Cemetery.