Susan Darlene Hammond Brennan was born the 17th of October 1960 in Long Beach, California the fourth child and only daughter of Richard Darvel Hammond and Mary Jane (Marion) Chaffin. Susan spent her childhood in Hurricane, Utah and graduated from High School. She was an award winning artist. She stayed with Aunt Kay and Uncle Clyde Chaffin in Salmon a couple of summers, while in Salmon she worked at the Shady Nook and Saveway Grocery. She was an attractive blonde and while working at the Shady Nook she came home one day and said, “Aunt Kay, I think all the waitresses out there are mad at me, I made more in tips than any of them,”. She returned to Utah and attended Dixie State College at St. George, Utah and Utah State University at Logan, Utah. She graduated with a teaching degree in Art and illustrated several children’s books. In 1986 she married Tom Brennan in Hawaii. She was employed as an art teacher in Roosevelt, Utah. As a teacher, she took her class of art students on a European art tour. She and her family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her children Casey, Katie and Rosie were born. About 1996 the family moved to Salmon, Idaho. Quoting from a news article from the Recorder Herald “Susan Brennen was named Salmon River Industries client of the year.” She had been employed at the Forest Service since 1997. She had faced a great deal of adversities in her life, including unexpected losses and health issues. In spite of life’s difficulties her employers said she was pleasant to be around, always happy, willing to help others and certainly a joy to work with. She was also a dedicated employee. She not only worked her normal schedule, but was always willing to fill in for others when needed. Her desire to reach out to others led her to begin volunteering as an art instructor for classes at Salmon River Industries. By sharing her talents she was able to assist others to develop their abilities and communicate in new ways. She was an example of hope and courage. He last earthly words were to her step-father Joe “I love You”. Survivors include her children: Casey and Katie, stepfather Joe McCrory, brother Rex (Susan) Hammond, Uncle Clyde and Aunt Kay Chaffin, several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rosie, her parents Richard Hammond and Marion McCrory, two brothers: Gary and Rick. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Salmon Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho.