In loving memory of Susan Marie (Mattox) Gain: Sept. 7, 1948 - July 4, 2022


Susan Marie (Mattox) Gain was born to Allie Mattox and Dorothy (Dollar) Mattox at Vancouver Memorial Hospital. The Mattox family home was on 29th just down the street from Dollar’s Corner, which was named after her maternal grandfather Smith L. Dollar, an early settler. Susan lived on her beloved Mattox property the majority of her life. Many Dollar, Mattox and Barnes family reunions, graduations, Easters and weddings, including Susan and Jon’s, have been held in the grove behind the main house and at the family’s Allie Park. 

Susan attended Battle Ground High School and graduated in 1967. She worked for Nabisco for 48 years and had worked in every department and on every line. She was one of their longest working employees. As a teenager, she worked in the summer at Battle Ground Lake with many family members. Aunt Verna and Uncle Virg had leased the property and put all the cousins to work, creating wonderful memories. 

Susan was a princess in the Harvest Day Parade. She was a past Honored Queen for Bethel No. 38 as was her loving sister, Dorothy Jean, and nieces Jody and Judy. 

Susan and her siblings loved Spirit Mountain. Susan always took them there for Christmas in October. They all had their own KENO numbers, but Susan was always the luckiest. 

Susan loved Playa Del Carmen and made many trips with Marilynn, Becky and Shelly. Susan loved Disneyland. She and Shelly made many trips and Susan always made sure they were decked out in ears and Disney shirts. She loved Italy and had traveled with her forever friend Julie. 

She loved her exercise class and her Nabisco friends. Susan loved her nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends so much. 

Susan was very generous. She loved dressing us all in matching pj’s, tops and shoes wherever we would travel. 

She loved shopping for LV and jewelry with Lisa. 

She had love for animals especially Lenny and llean. 

Susan has supported many dog rescues, locally and in Playa Del Carmen. She also supported LLS. She loved buying gifts for people. 

Susan met Jon back in our teen roller-skating days. Jon was the floor manager and everyone wanted to skate with Jon. She skated every Friday and Saturday night with nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Jon and Susan reconnected their friendship at a later date. They were married at Allie Park on Aug. 25, 1984. They have had a very comfortable life where she grew up. 

Susan was the type of wife, daughter, sibling, aunt, cousin and friend everyone needs. She was generous, kind, caring and had a great sense of humor which is throughout our family. She was extremely close to her mother. Jon said it best: “Susan was an incredible lady. The love and friendship she felt for people was amazing and returned many times over.” 

Susan is survived by her husband Jon, goddaughter Carissa Ramsay, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Susan was preceded in death by her parents Allie and Dorothy; brothers “Babe,” Leonard and Michael; and sister Dorothy Jean Barnes. 

A special thank you goes to her caregivers, which included nieces Marilynn Mattox DeLapp and Judy Barnes Daniels, longtime friend Jodie Sharp, goddaughter Carissa Ramsay, and to all the outstanding doctors and staff at Legacy Salmon Creek, the Vancouver Clinic, and Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Center. 

Susan’s wishes for her celebration at Allie Park for her sister and herself is being planned for a later date. 

Susan will rest in peace at Manor Wilson Bridge Cemetery with the Mattox and Dollar families. 

Donations in Susan’s name may be sent to the Vancouver Humane Society. 

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