Susan Bourbon, 71, of Post Falls, Idaho, passed away in Hospice of North Idaho on 26 August 2023. She was born to parents William and Virginia (Tomlin) Yachechak, in New Jersey.
Her teenage and early adult years were spent in Smithtown and Long Island NY surrounds. She studied at Suffolk Community College and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree. Susan worked as a Medical Office Manager/Consultant for a number of years. She moved to South Florida in the nineties and lived on Key Biscayne (surviving Hurricane Andrew in 1992) and the Florida Keys. She enjoyed gardening, reading, scuba diving, and fishing, and was a dog lover, and a volunteer for many organizations.
Susan met Anthony Bourbon in 1997. They were married in 1998 in the Kavango East Region, Namibia. Together they raised a number of dogs over the years and continents: Sofie, Lacey, and Ramsey. She also obtained Top Secret Clearance to work for the Department of State at the United States Embassy, in Namibia, Africa.
They lived in Windhoek for 8 years, during that time traveling to all corners of Namibia, a country of stunning natural beauty, with the world's oldest desert, the Namib, and the highest sand dunes, home to diverse wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, lions and giraffes. She also had the opportunity to visit the neighboring countries; exotic destinations of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. A highlight was a visit by her mother Virginia with niece Kaci and a visit by longtime friend Jack Uhrig. Susan is survived by her husband Tony; brother Ken (JoDee); stepbrother Alan (Sherry); nieces Kaci (Matt), Virginia (Matt), Rebecca; and nephew Jason (Theresa). She has long-time friends and acquaintances around the country and the world.
She was preceded in death by her father Bill; stepfather Ira; mother Virginia; and stepbrother Robert.
The family has entrusted Bell Tower Funeral Home and Crematory, Post Falls with the arrangements.
Susan requested, that no funeral or memorial service be held.
Donations may be made to Companions Animal Center (formerly Kootenai Humane Society) https://www.companionsanimalcenter.org/ instead of flowers.
To share a celebration of her life through music, listen to 'Rockin' Chair' by The Band https://youtu.be/Hg-ILjqbKT4?si=pnB3fFcjqaybV679; some Motown classics like Marvin Gaye https://youtu.be/hajBdDM2qdg?si=mieUyMe8mkY-7CdH, and the best of the Grateful Dead https://youtu.be/dSjoAtPgUc4?si=B5tfvKnJiowwhcii.