Sue Joan Dobias Adams was born September 17, 1941, in Williston, N.D., to William “Bill” and Lillian Dobias. She grew up on their farm in Cartwright, N.D., where she was the oldest of four girls. Her sisters were Aone (Wedel), Donna (Lloyd) and Thelma (Reeves). Some of their fondest memories were helping with haying, harvest and other activities on the farm.
Sue attended grade school at the one-room Sioux Crossing School in N.D., where several of her classmates were cousins. She then boarded in town to attend high school in Fairview, Mont. While in high school she was involved in a plethora of activities including cheerleading, FHA, band, choir, and several plays. She was the harvest ball princess for two years and held several class and student government offices. Sue graduated as the Salutatorian of the class of 1959.
After high school, Sue attended college at Montana State College in Bozeman, where she met the love of her life Robert Adams at a Rodeo Club meeting. During college she was a member of the Angel Flight drill squad and was crowned Miss McKenzie County, North Dakota. She participated in the Miss North Dakota pageant in 1960.
Robert (Bob) and Sue were married November 19, 1961, in Cartwright, N.D., at St. Michaels and All Angels Church. To this union they had three daughters; Michelle (Shelly), Annette and Joetta. Bob and Sue raised their family on a farm in the Cartersville area near Rosebud where Sue thoroughly enjoyed cooking for a crew and hired men. Some of her favorite times of the year were branding, harvest and shipping. Later, they built a new home and moved to the family ranch on Horse Creek north of Rosebud. The ranch sold in 2011 due to Bob’s health, so they built a house north of Forsyth on Little Porcupine Road where they made sure to build a dining room large enough to accommodate family gatherings.
While her children were young, Sue was a 4-H leader and taught Sunday school. She was also the organist at the Ascension Episcopal Church, a job she held until her passing. Sue was an active member of the Ascension Episcopal Church where she served on the vestry as the treasurer for as long as most can remember. She was also the treasurer of the Rosebud Cattlewomen, which was originally called CowBelles. Sue joined the CowBelles when she moved to Rosebud as a newlywed and has been a member since then. Always active, Sue also helped organize and run the Forsyth Horse Show each June along with her husband and other board members. She was also an election official for more than 20 years.
As the children grew, Sue was busy sewing cheerleading uniforms or traveling to their sporting events. She also helped sew most of the bridesmaid’s dresses for her daughter’s weddings. After her children were married and gone, Sue started selling Avon in 1997 and earned many Mrs. Albee President Club awards as a top seller.
She couldn’t wait to be a grandmother and started following her grandchildren’s activities as soon as they were involved. She never wanted to miss an activity from a band concert to a tournament, confirmation or graduation. She spent countless hours supporting her grandchildren, Chance, Cody and Cordell Weight, Amanda and Jared Thievin, and Bailey and Caton Pearcy.
Sue loved to visit and enjoyed any activity where there were people. That is why she enjoyed her bowling team so much. She never met a stranger. After thorough questioning, she soon figured out someone they knew in common. Her most favorite activity was dancing with Robert. She also enjoyed when they would play cards or get together with friends. Sue and Bob had a cabin at Hell Creek on the Fort Peck Lake north of Jordan, Mont., where they enjoyed vacations with the family while boating and skiing. Bob and Sue were also fortunate enough to be able to take yearly trips and see many different cities, countries and sights right up to his passing in 2015. As Sue said, “I’ve lived a good life and have no regrets.”
Sue was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bill and Lillian Dobias; her husband, Robert; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by her daughters, Shelly (Craig) Weight of Forsyth, Annette (Mike) Thievin of Scobey, and Joetta (Merrill) Pearcy of Glendive; as well as her seven grandchildren.
Personal condolences to the family and remembrances of Sue may be made at stevensons.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ascension Episcopal Church in Forsyth, the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County, the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.