Susan Nunn: May 23, 1937 – Feb. 24, 2021



Susan Jane Nunn, aka Susan Jane Terhune, aka Nasus, of Coupeville, Wash., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 24. She was surrounded by her family.

Born May 23, 1937 in Newark, N.J., Susan was the youngest child and only daughter to the late Kenneth and Katherine Terhune.

Her teenage years were spent in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Following college, she became a stewardess for United Airlines during the golden age of air travel.

In 1959, she transferred to Seattle where she met and married James Nunn in 1960.

They made their home in Bellevue, Wash., where they raised two sons and spent many happy days at their cabin beside the Teanaway River on the dry side of Washington state near Cle Elum.

She pursued a number of career paths over the years, but what she really enjoyed was walking, hiking and camping in the outdoors. She made many artful arrangements of the driftwood, stones, sun-bleached bones and dried flowers that she gleaned on her wanderings around the Pacific Northwest.

She was a glamorous girl at heart, always taking the time to look her best and never passing up a chance to put on something flashy and have a good time with her friends. She also had a wry sense of humor that kept you on your toes.

Upon retirement, Susan and James moved to Coupeville, Wash., and the sunset view she had always dreamed of overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan De Fuca. It is here where she settled into life as a poet and short story writer. She enjoyed poetry because she felt it brought balance to life experience. As she eased into island life, she discovered that there were too many Susans among her acquaintances and thus reinvented herself as Nasus, then announced that, “I feel I have finally found my true home and friends here on Whidbey Island.”

Over the years, she was a volunteer for the Special Olympics, a residency assistant for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, a volunteer for Washington State University Beach Watchers and a docent at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey.

Susan is survived by her husband of 60 years, James; two sons, Paul and his wife Brenda, and Brett and his wife Rebecca. She also leaves behind four lovely granddaughters, Allison, Emily, Emillia and Isabella.

Susan was a blithe spirit who will be long remembered by her family and friends.

As per Susan’s wishes, no formal memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made to WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care.

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