Susan D. Graff Mills, 65, Fargo, ND died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in her home at Pioneer House after fighting a three year courageous battle against cancer.
Susan Diane Graff was born April 7, 1953, the daughter of Harold and Phyllis (Gulsvig) Graff. As a young child, she lived with her family on the family farm in rural Davenport, ND until Harold’s death. The family moved to Fargo and then to Kindred, ND where Susan attended and graduated from high school. After her high school graduation, she attended North Dakota State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Home Economics. Susan later attended Augsburg College and earned her master’s degree in Social Work. Susan married Wayne Mills in 1983 at Coon Rapids, MN and together they had one daughter, Nicolle.
Sue’s professional career was as social worker working primarily with teen age moms for different counties as she moved to different locations. She began her career with Cass County Social Services and in 1978, moved to the Medford, OR and later to Portland OR where she worked for Multnomah County Social Services. Susan moved in 1981 to Ham Lake, MN and from there lived in various locations in the Minneapolis metro area while working for Jordan County Social Services and later retired from Anoka County Social Services.
Susan had many passions during her life and committed herself 100% to them. Among them were scuba diving, traveling, horses and owning a hobby farm in the Loretto, MN area. Susan traveled and dived off the countries/islands of Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, Bonaire and the Dead Sea in Egypt. She became an accomplished horsewoman riding thoroughbreds and was an active member of the Long Lake Hounds Hunt Club.
Susan is survived by her daughter, Nicolle Mills Calhoun of Richfield, MN; sisters Nancy (Mark) Granberg, Fargo and Cindy (Vern) Thompson, Fargo; nieces Kari Granberg, Fargo and Kelsey (Jim) Moe, West Fargo, Kathryn Thompson, Fargo; and nephew Will Thompson, Fargo; great-nieces Isabelle Pickette and Avery Moe; and many other very dear cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo preceded by a time of visitation from 1 – 2 p.m.
Susan’s family would like to thank the staff at Pioneer House for the care and compassion they showed her. Their willingness to allow Susan to remain in her home was greatly appreciated by us. The family would also like to thank Hospice of the Red River Valley for their services and care.