Susan Darlene (Musselman) Redd
October 24, 1957 ~ December 22, 2020
Susan Darlene (Musselman) Redd left her mortal body December 22, 2020, leaving behind one empty jug, two bottles of Diet Pepsi, half of her left middle finger, and a town (or three) full of amazing memories.
Sue “Susie” popped into this world in Bluff, UT on October 24, 1957, far behind her three brothers and raised hell and its beasts from the get-go.
When she was three years old, during a playdate, the boy she was playing with accidentally shot her through the calf and thigh with her father’s Special Deputy .38.
Her Dad rushed her to Primary Children’s and, miraculously, with a few future surgeries, her leg was saved. But the effect of that event would follow her throughout her entire life. She didn’t complain, though. I mean, she was vocal, but it wasn’t in her to complain.
She spent her younger years between Bluff and Monticello, UT. Basically raised by her brothers, alongside their kids, and her lifelong friend, Marybeth.
Sue was often mistaken for her brother Ben’s child— “She looks just like you, Benny,” people would say. Poor Sue.
Luckily, as a high school junior, somewhere between waiting tables and helping her parents build their home, doing a myriad of things at Heidi Redd’s ranch, becoming rodeo queen, she blossomed from her Ben look-a-like stage into the most beautiful of women.
Steve Redd fell in love at first sight.
The love they had for one another wasn’t fully appreciated by either side. Steve was strongly advised – told – to stay away, but he simply shook his head, knowing he had found his one and only.
Sue and Steve married on December 6, 1975. They moved to York, AZ, where the two of them raised their four children while breeding dogs and bedding flowers, creating and selling all sorts of crafty crap, and enjoying the mom life with good friend, Terry Young.
She made cakes, hundreds of them, for birthdays and weddings and everything in-between. She adored throwing parties, eschewing the hard work of it all, simply because she loved seeing her family and friends happy.
One day, she welcomed the LDS missionaries into her home and was baptized in 1991. A year later, the whole of her family was sealed for time and all eternity on June 12, 1992.
She used to say she didn’t believe in coincidence, and she believed it was no coincidence that she had met Dad. She’d say, “I shudder to think where I might be had I never met him.”
In 1995, back in Monticello, she found a new passion working for the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department. In just a few short years, and after another child, she received Dispatcher of the Year award.
For the next 24 years, she spent her days wielding her natural abilities for compassion and strength for people who needed it most.
She enjoyed many things, her five children, nine grandchildren, her Diet Pepsi jug, decorating elaborate and unique cakes for all occasions, her canine companions, growing and killing plants and flowers, cooking, throwing parties, and in general, giving.
Her unique and personalized creations –from yummy foods and treats to crafty crap – are scattered throughout homes and hearts as a testament to her talents and her love.
Sue spent her final years in Monticello, UT and Duncan, AZ, and passed peacefully at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Stephen Michael Redd; brother Ben (Hope) Musselman; sons Justin (Sarah) Redd and Jeremy Redd; and daughters Roxy (Sam) Long, Whitney (Lewi) Lewis, and Sydney (Jade) Grover.
She is preceded in death by parents Rusty and Lillie Musselman, and two brothers, Andy and Bob Musselman.
Susie’s dream was to have a nice family and a clean house. We believe she accomplished that dream.
Funeral services were entrusted to San Juan Mortuary and were held on January 2, 2021. Burial was north of Monticello at Roughlock family cemetery.
Last call, 1Z4, was raised by the San Juan County deputies, dispatch, EMS, UHP, and her daughter, for San Juan Hospital.
Susan Redd was a storm to be reckoned with and the sun that shines after.
She will be genuinely and deeply missed by all.
Card of thanks
The family would like to thank those who sent flowers, food, and their love to us and to the wonderful Fourth Ward Relief Society who provided a meal for the family after the services.
We will be forever grateful for the love shown to our family at San Juan Hospital, the professional care from San Juan Mortuary, and the honoring of Sue Redd’s service to this county by San Juan Sheriff’s Office and EMS.
A special thanks to Bishop Paul Sonderegger and his councilors, and thank you to the Bob Musselman and Ben Musselman families for their work at the family cemetery.