Sue McAllister Peaden passed away at her home on January 16, 2024 at the age of 72 after an extended illness.
Sue was born December 2, 1951, the youngest child of Edmond and Blanche McAllister. She adored her two older brothers, Ed and Brian, and had many happy memories of growing up in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sue attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Elementary Education, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1974.
Sue met Calvin R. Peaden, the love of her life, at BYU and they married on December 27, 1973 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. She and Cal lived most of her life in West Jordan, Utah. Last year as her health declined, her last bucket list item was to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with all the family. She fought to stay alive for that event which was a culmination of her life’s work.
Sue and Cal were blessed with eight children and Sue loved being a mother! She was patient, loving and kind and spent her entire life serving her children and family. She loved beautiful music and especially enjoyed hearing her children and grandchildren play the piano. She loved sewing, making crafts, baking, reading, BYU sports and See’s Candies. Sue and Cal enjoyed camping and traveling together, especially to visit family and national parks.
Sue loved her grandchildren! She treasured having them in her home, was always on the lookout for the perfect birthday or Christmas gift and attended many of their activities and performances. She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and was happiest when her family was around her.
Sue took care of both her mom and dad in the last years of their lives, giving much selfless service. Sue was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. She served in many capacities but especially loved being a primary teacher and taught dozens of children over her lifetime.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Calvin R. Peaden; her children, Wendy (Sam), Bruce, Matthew (Julianne), Amy, Michael, David (Shantel), Jeff (Kaylee), and Kevin. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, who she absolutely adored: Josh, Daniel, Nathan, Jacob, Aubrey, Avarie, Olivia, Ryan, Luke, Zachary, Lydia, Austin, Caleb, Lucy, Jaycee, Ryker, and Logan. She is also survived by her brothers Ed McAllister and Brian McAllister (Diana). She was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond, and Blanche McAllister.
Services to celebrate Sue’s life will be held Friday, January 26th at 11:00 am at the Westland 7th Ward, 7115 South 3200 West, West Jordan, Utah. Friends may visit with family from 9:30-10:30 am prior to the services at the ward building. Interment will be at the West Jordan City Cemetery, 7925 South 1300 West, West Jordan, Utah.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Sue’s obituary page.