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Susan Gale Andrews (1954-2011) Obituary

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Susan Gale Andrews (1954-2011) Obituary

Posted: 1315501496000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Andrews, Murphy
The Park Record, 09/07/11

Susan Gale Andrews, age 57, galloped into this world on August 1, 1954, the only child of Evelyn "Evie" Murphy and Douglas Andrews (aka Robert Heider). As her middle name would imply, she was a force of nature. Susan's tenacious and entrepreneurial spirit were cause for her wildly successful business ventures, beginning with her first chimney sweeping business, her über success in radio sales and management, to her two newest "babies", the Fish Haven General Store, in Fish Haven, ID and the Bear Lake Clothing Company, in Garden City, UT. She had the Midas touch, could see potential where many could not, and was a woman who held the business world confidently in the palm of her hand.

Susan grew up in the Chicago area. From the beginning, she knew that she would never settle for a common life. As an early-morning trainer and exerciser of thoroughbred race horses at Arlington Park, she learned to ride hard and fast and that's how she lived her entire life. She was most at peace when she was in constant motion.

While in Chicago, she attended Josephinum Catholic High School for girls, where she challenged the authority of the sisters and yet, was tagged by the Mother Superior her as the one student she knew would make many impactful changes in this world, during her lifetime. Like all things in life, Susan was not only headstrong and independent, but challenged those around her to be strong and to seek their individual paths as well.

In her early days, Susan held many jobs in the food and beverage industry, most notably in the Mexican Keyhole Restaurant at Snowbird where she worked for nearly 10 years and developed numerous deep and wonderful relationships that are a prominent part of her life to this day; Ruth's Diner in Emigration Canyon; several restaurants in Missoula, MT; and various other eating/drinking establishments where she, as usual, was a leader among her peers.

Having graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Mass Communications, Susan was led to a career in radio sales. She began working at Color 95, and went on to work at several local stations here in Salt Lake. She joined the staff of KBER as a part of the sales staff and rose to the positions of General Sales Manager, General Station Manager, and ultimately, became one of the owners of KBER. Her overwhelming successes in radio sales and management positions also led to her being appointed the General Manager of KPCW, in Park City, several years ago.

Susan had a passion for the mountains of Utah and it was no coincidence that she lived here for 35 years. She often said that this was where she chose to live and was happiest when she was here. She loved to ski hard and fast and like so many other things in life, she never did it with a half-spirit but rather with all of her full-force and passion that made her a downhill racer, a "gelande girl", and extremely passionate about her time she spent on the ski hill.

She also loved to play golf, and had achieved two holes-in-one in her golfing career, one at the Park City Golf Course and one again this past summer, on hole #8, at Bear Lake West Golf Course, of which she was most proud. She is now in heaven working on #3.

She loved to go out on her boat and spend time with family and friends and often could be found on the shores of Bear Lake, Lake Havasu, and other places where she would find quiet and happy moments.

Susan's funny, engaging, and "live-life-to-the-fullest" attitude was contagious and affected anyone who had the opportunity to spend any significant time with her. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. From Chicago, to Snowbird, to Park City, to Bear Lake, she leaves behind many wonderful and caring friends who mourn her passing and yet, are stronger for having known her and having been a part of her extraordinary life.

To say that great music was one of her passions would be a gross understatement. Her primary loves were Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and a host of others who provided the background music of her life.

As she rides off into the sunset, she leaves behind the following individuals, and their families: first, and foremost, her soul mate and life partner, Michael Schrieber, of Park City, UT and Fish Haven, Idaho, along with his mother, Magda, and his sisters Patty and Diane, as well as his brother Peter, all of New York. She also leaves behind her soul sisters and brothers for whom she was THE shining light of their lives. Soul sisters and brothers include: Shellie and Mark Hall and their four children: Arielle, Mitchell and Connor Hall, of Riverton, UT and Alexandria (Nate) Crandell of Sandy, UT; Sherrie Ramsdell-Boll, and her son, Wesley of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Susan Spivey and her husband, Dave Platt, of Park City, UT and their son, John, for whom Susan was Godmother; Christopher Lang of Salt Lake City, UT, and Heidi Locke-Talbot of Carrabassett, Maine, and their two children, to whom she was Godmother, Trevor Lang, of Salt Lake City, UT and Heather Lang, of Santa Monica, CA; Dan Knoop and his children, Cassie and Katie, of Brighton, UT; Kim (Mike) Shannon, and their children, Christopher, Nicole, and Timothy (for whom she was also his Godmother), all of Chicago, Ill.; Scott Gilliam of Ogden, UT; Jamie and Steve (aka "the Count") Zayach of Sandy, UT, and their son, Andrew Jon "Drew" Zayach of Holladay, UT, for whom she was also Godmother. She was predeceased by her mother, her father, and her father-in-law-to-be, Guenter Schrieber.

In addition, she also leaves behind a large family of close and devoted friends from Chicago, Park City, Snowbird, and Fish Haven. Most notably left are her kitty-boy of 18 years, "Kitty Kip", her beloved 15-year old yellow Labrador retriever, "Mr. Biggie Head", and her beautiful mount of 23 years, her horse, "Prince".

A memorial celebration of Susan's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, from 6-9pm, at the home of Dan Knoop, which is ¼ mi west of Silver Fork Lodge, in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Friends are invited to bring pictures of Susan, your best "Susan" story, a small side dish, and your favorite drink. At a later date yet to be determined, in the spring, on a bluebird ski day, there will be a gathering of her ski family and friends at Snowbird, where we will have a lunch in her honor, ski a long, sweet run for her, and then will scatter some of her ashes into the wind, on the beloved mountain that she called home for so many years.

Susan's family requests that you do not invest money in flowers that will fade with time, but rather to honor her memory by donating to the Wild Horse Rescue Organization (, or to the Humane Society of Utah (, in her name.

Published in The Park Record from September 7 to October 7, 2011

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