Susan Merrell Niendorf, 67, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 17, 1949 in San Antonio, TX, the daughter of Ernest “Bud” Merrell and Billie Baker Merrell Burnett.  She and Harry Jay Niendorf were married Jan. 23, 1970 in Clanton, AL.

Susan was a graduate of Chilton County High School in Clanton, AL and she attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After her marriage she and Jay lived in North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee before settling in Cape Girardeau.  She was a devoted wife and mother who cherished her family.  Her granddaughters were a special joy in her life.  Susan was a member of the Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Cape and remained confident in her Christian beliefs throughout her life. She was treasured for her patience and kind heart.

Loving survivors include her husband of 47 years Harry “Jay” Niendorf, a son Andrew (Melissa) Niendorf of Cape, a daughter Elizabeth (Anthony) Sichi of Scottsdale, AZ, her mother and father in-law Harry and Belle Niendorf of Driggs ID, a brother and sister in-law Jack and Nancy Nalley of Austin, TX, a sister Katie Merrell of Austin, TX, a brother in-law John Niendorf of Driggs, ID.

Also surviving are two granddaughters Claire Sichi and Sara Niendorf, nephews Kai Niendorf and Lance (Amber) Rohlman, nieces Maiya Niendorf and Kelli Rohlman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather Joe G. Burnett and a niece Jennifer Nalley.

A memorial service will be at 12 noon on Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 at The Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Cape with the Rev. Weston Wildauer officiating.

Local arrangements are by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.

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