Sue Elaine (Hardy) Waldman

Born: Sun., Sep. 24, 1939
Died: Fri., Aug. 20, 2021


Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 25, 2021
Location: St. Andrews


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The inspiring Sue Elaine Waldman from Pendleton Oregon passed away Aug 20, 2021 at the
age of 81. For the better part of the last decade, she lived with Alziehmers. She was born to
Richard & Kathryn Hardy on September 24, 1939 in Pasco Washington.

Sue lived in many places in the Pacific Northwest before graduating from Toppenish High
School  in 1957. She played the saxophone in the marching band and was in the top of her
class.  She showed her creativity early on when she learned to sew, knit and created several
marionettes and proved to be a skilled marionettist.  At 15 she was diagnosed with Polio and
spent several months in a body cast. She didn’t let that hold her back - always striving to learn,
create and support others.

Sue attended Stanford and graduated with a BA in Mathematics from University of Oregon. She
received her Masters in Mathematics from Oregon State University, where she met her
husband, Wilmer (Wally). They moved to Pendleton in 1971 and were married for 56 years.
Her career started as a math teacher and she later excelled as a computer scientist at the
Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center, USDA. Her role supported scientists at the
experiment station, and she co-created a computer wheat model. She was passionate about
this work, and said of it, “there are all kinds of things to be discovered and endless challenging
questions waiting for solutions.”

Sue is beloved by her children, grandchildren, and countless family and friends who were
supported and mentored by her. She was proud to be an honored member of American
Association of University Women (AAUW) and served as president of both the state board and
her local branch. She volunteered countless hours in various roles with grapefruit sales &
Mother Daughter Choices with AAUW, Community Concerts, Pendleton Swim Association,
Campfire Girls, Bluebirds and Boy Scouts of America. She may be best remembered by
co-chairing the committee that masterminded the community project to build the playground at
Pioneer Park on North Hill in Pendleton. Her grandkids affectionately call it Grammie’s
playground.

Sue was a dynamic seamstress and honed her skills as a quilter, and knitted gifts of sweaters,
baby blankets, wash cloths and more. She even sewed a full-sized TeePee when her son was in
Boy Scouts.

Wally and Sue enjoyed traveling. They journeyed to Canada & the Panama Canal, cruised
Alaska & Hawaii and took a beloved trip with friends to Ireland. They also visited family in
Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado and Kansas.

Sue is survived by her husband Wally, Son Alan (Milexa), Daughter Deb Starkey, Grandchildren
Sam & Sydney Starkey, Sara, Paul & Adam, Sue’s Sister Shirley Holzinger and 5 Nieces & 1
Nephew.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Pendleton Branch AAUW Sue Waldman
Scholarship, 1214 NW Johns Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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