Susan Marie Phillip

Jan 17, 1955 – Jan 23, 2018

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Susan Marie Phillip of Buckley, Washington passed away peacefully on January 23, 2018 at the age of 63.
Susan is survived by her partner Charles Chiofar, daughter Maren Lorenz, sister Patricia Cripe, and father Gene Cripe. She is predeceased by her mother Nancy Cripe and her grandmother Beatrice Hewitt. 

Susan was born in Seattle, Washington on January 17, 1955 to parents Gene and Nancy Cripe. She attended UCLA and Loma Linda University in California and has two B.S degrees in both Microbiology and Medical Technology.

She worked at Valley Medical Center for 10 years and then at Group Health for 17 years before retiring in 2015.  Susan had a passion for exploring the Pacific Northwest and loved to kayak, hike and mountain climb. Some of her favorite places to visit were Whiskey Creek, Mt Rainier and Whidbey Island. She loved to tell the story how she met her partner Chuck during a group kayak expedition when her kayak tipped and he rushed out to save her from the freezing water!

She enjoyed spending lots of time with her daughter Maren on weekends and they had a very close relationship. Susan was a very talented seamstress and quilter. She always had several projects going at once it was very admirable, her desire to create. Every Monday she attended the open sew at Cowlick Quilts with her many quilting friends. Susan also volunteered regularly with the group Hands Touching Hearts who sew projects to donate to various charities in need. She enjoyed sewing with her friend Jean every Thursday up until the last few weeks of her life. All that were lucky enough to know Susan will miss her very much.

There will be a private family placing of Susan next to her Mother’s plot at Washington Memorial Park. The family has planned a Life Celebration for anyone who wishes to attend on Sunday, February 25th at 1:00pm. The family asks that you do not wear black as we want to celebrate Susan’s colorful life.The Claw of Enumclaw1324 Roosevelt Ave EastEnumclaw, Washington 98022

Inquires about the celebration can be directed to Maren Lorenz (310) 728-5630 or by email

Condolences can be received at the following addresses:Maren Lorenz5327 8th Ave NESeattle, Washington 98105

We would like to extend a special thanks to Holistic Family Home Care and Joyful Christian Home Care for supporting our family during this difficult time.


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