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Susan Merit Refsnes-Calhoun

Susan Merit Refsnes-Calhoun left us suddenly on the afternoon of April 16, 2023, at home with her adoring husband by her side. She was born November 5, 1951, to Earlene Barnard and Joseph Louis Refsnes in Phoenix, AZ.

She attended Kenilworth School and West High where she was on the pom squad. Upon graduation she attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Susie returned to finish her undergraduate degree at ASU where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Her love of fashion drew her to New York where she attended Parsons School of Design. Susie went on to work for Butterick Pattern Company before returning to Phoenix where she established a successful line of Southwest-inspired clothing.

She married and had her only daughter, Lyndal. Motherhood was her greatest passion and joy. Susie continued to make custom garments and accessories her entire life, inspiring a love of art and fashion in her daughter and granddaughter. In 2014, Susie married Bill, a lifelong friend from West High. Together they were enjoying life and being grandparents.

Preceded in death by her parents, she is survived by her husband Bill Calhoun, daughter Lyndal Anne Low (Cutter) Pleasant, step-daughters Elizabeth Valis and Christina Kersey, sister Lyndal (Eric) Johnstone, brother Joseph L. Refsnes, aunt Carolyn Kniazzeh-Refsnes, 2 precious grandchildren, 2 nieces, and several cousins.

A Graveside Service will be held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 719 N. 27th Avenue in Phx., on Friday, April 28,2023 at 11AM. Condolences may be expressed at
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