“Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.” ―Proverbs
Susan “Susie” Hurliman (Swing) died peacefully with all her children at her side on the morning of May 1, 2015, in Tillamook, Ore., at the age of 73.
Born on Aug. 22, 1941, in Yakima, Wash., to Louis W. and Priscilla Swing, Susie attended school in Portland and graduated from Washington High School. After high school she moved to California for a few years. Then she returned home to Oregon where she met and married David Hurliman and settled on the Oregon coast. In 1971, Susie and Dave purchased a farm in Parkdale, Ore., to become orchardists and raise their family.
A dedicated mother, Susie raised her four children while managing the farm and working in the local fruit-packing facilities to help make ends meet. She loved the outdoors and could often be found at the lake with a limit of trout, or in the woods with a bucket full of huckleberries. What Susie enjoyed most was spending time with family and friends, whether having picnics at the lake, celebrating birthdays and holidays, or just getting together for a game of cards. She was always laughing, joking, and hugging.
Susie is survived by her four children: Dave Hurliman and his wife, Vickie, of Alberton, Mont., Jennie Meyers, of The Dalles, Kimberly Falconer and her husband, Troy, of Corbett, and Joseph Hurliman and his wife, Katherine, of Portland; her brother Louis “Bump” Swing; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, David, and her brother Joseph.
Susie will be buried at Rose City Cemetery on May 29 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend Susie’s Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. on May 30 at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, Ore. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kiawanda Community Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Tillamook County General Hospital for showing compassion and grace while caring for Susie and her children during this difficult time. In addition, they would like to express their gratitude for all the support from aunts, uncles, and friends who loved their mother.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Khalil Gibran
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