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Suzanne Alene Barton, age 58, of Yakima passed away November 5, 2018 at Compass Care’s Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima after a brave and courageous battle against cancer.

Suzanne was born in Spokane to Joseph John and Patricia Ann (Fitzpatrick) Barton April 5, 1960. A 1978 graduate of West Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Suzanne went on to attend Spokane Falls Community College. After college, Suzanne spent many years working as a delivery driver for Pony Express. Following that, she was employed by Video Patrol at Playfair Race Course operating the main camera. Suzanne also worked at Longacres Race Course in Renton and Yakima Meadows Race Course. For a few years, Suzanne also worked for Fred and Dorothy Plath providing help and supportive services at their Yakima home. After beginning a job at PetSmart, Suzanne ultimately followed her passion to become a state-licensed dog groomer. After working as a groomer for PetSmart, Suzanne opened her own home-based business, Affectionate Touch Grooming, and – with loving and careful attention to detail – groomed loyal customers’ pets for more than 10 years.

As a life-long lover of animals, Suzanne opened her home to abandoned, abused and neglected cats and dogs. She fully attended to each animal’s unique needs and provided love, safety and security. She was also supportive of Yakima Valley Pet Rescue/Adoption Center, Wags to Riches Animal Rescue/Sanctuary and Res Q Angels Animal Rescue. At no charge, she offered grooming services to these organizations.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Barton, in 2008. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Barton, Spokane Valley; sister, Sandy (Dick) Mills, Spokane Valley; sister, Sheryl Barton, Hartland, MN; brother, Scott (Tracy) Barton, Colbert; niece Jennifer (Jon) Schlenske, Spokane Valley; niece, Tori (Scott) Hendricks, Spokane Valley; niece, Hana Barton, Phoenix, AZ; niece, Anika Labinski, Rochester, MN; nephew, Bryant Barton, Missoula, MT. She is also survived by many supportive and dedicated friends and neighbors and by extended family, including numerous cousins, four grand-nieces and two grand-nephews.

Suzanne’s family extends sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the following medical personnel: Dr. Julia Robertson; oncologist Dr. Obulareddy (“Dr. O.”) and the North Star Lodge staff; the patient and loving staff at Memorial Hospice and Home Care; and the devoted staff at Cottage in the Meadow.

Friends are invited to join a memorial gathering Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m. at the Yakima Broadway Grange (909 W. Washington Ave.). In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting your local pet shelter/rescue organization in honor of Suzanne’s dedication to animals.