Susan L. Tharp


Susan L. Tharp, beloved wife of Fred O. Tharp, peacefully departed this world January 23rd, surrounded by loved ones. A frequent mover, Susan traveled up the West Coast from California, up through Medford, OR, and finally settling in Sammamish, WA. While in Medford, Susan and her family joyfully operated the Timber Room Café from 1975 to 1979. Among her previous occupations included dental assisting, restauranteur, and expert homemaker. Favorite hobbies included hosting family events, cake decorating and mole hunting. At one with nature, Susan seemed to draw the wild of the forest to her property. Known as Grandma Nature, she would talk to and feed the squirrels and deer that would frequent her back yard.


Stressing that family is a priority, she was always willing to help out those who came to her for assistance. This love of family she instilled in all her descendants. Susan was preceded in death by husband Fred O. Tharp, Jr., step daughter Allison Dowling, sister Margaret Pulse, brothers Eugene and James/Helen Shine and parents Bartholomew Shine and Edna Shine/Covington. She is survived by her sister, Katie and Les McCoy, children Kathy Lopez, Sandra Garner, Patrick/Rose Eagen, Gail/Will LeVasseur, Glenn Crouch, stepsons Gary/Debbie Crouch and Fred O./Debbie Tharp III, foster daughter Sheree Scott. Susan had a very large extended family with many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.


Services will be held at her home on February 1 at 1pm with a pot luck reception to follow. There will be time for viewing prior to the service from 12-1, then it will be closed for the service. If you have anything you would like to share with everyone we will have open time for whoever would like to speak.  If you had a dish she enjoyed and would like to bring it to the potluck, please prepare it for 4 or 5 people, we would all appreciate it.


Local hotel information:  Redmond Inn: A standard king or double queen is only $89 plus tax for the night of 2/1,

Other options: Baymont Inn in Kirkland just on 116th is $89-$94 a night plus tax

Also just off 520 in Bellevue/Kirkland is the LaQuinta around $89,

The address for the service is 3100  244th Ave. N.E.

                                                Redmond, WA 98074

                                                (425) 868-0666

4 Responses to “Susan L. Tharp”

  • Mickey and Patti Pulse says:

    We will always remember Aunt Susie. She was always very happy and always glad to see us and the boys when we would see them in Medford. She will be greatly missed.

  • Kelly Sue Sullivan says:

    I will always remember the time I got to stay with my Aunt Susie when I was younger, She always had a smile, She was very loving and caring to me. I will miss her very much.

  • Terie Bruley says:

    Aunt Susie was like my second Mother, after my Mother, her younger sister passed. She always was there and made time for me when I needed a Motherly figure and good sound advice. She supported all my specials events and attended many. Especially, the Relay for Life, where she walked with my Dad, Richard, in the survivors walk. I always found her to be such an inspriration and a wealth of knowledge. I shall miss you, Aunt Susie, for you made me always feel like I was… You and I know what. I love you and may you rest in beautiful peace that you so richly deserve.

  • Heidi Harris says:

    She will be deeply missed. I am sad I just found out today, actually 5 minutes ago. I have many good memories like her going out of her way to cook my 2 favorite dinners when we came to visit. The Big Cookies in the cookie jar. The help she gave me when I had my first child. Grampie and Grammie will be deeply missed. I will do my best to be there. Living in Ohio it’s kind of rough. God Bless.

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