You simply can’t go far into a conversation with Sue before she’ll make you laugh. The lively Sue Christie was born in Illinois, though she moved at the age of 5, and grew up in Southern California. She later moved to Montana, where she met her husband, Rob. They are quite the duo. Though she only lived in Montana for about 20 years, it’s where her husband had lived since he was born. They then moved to Arizona together, and their last stop was here in Grants Pass, 4 ½ years ago.
In between moves, Sue attended Santa Barbara Business College, where she studied all aspects of business. After that, she taught martial arts for 10 years. This is telling of her personality. Sue carves her own path by speaking her mind and refusing to take flack from anybody. She is someone that anyone can easily look up to. After college, she worked two jobs as a single mother, working for a judge in a courtroom and bartending at night. Her courtroom job required a lot of multitasking. She would do a lot behind the scenes, making sure everything was set up for the Judge. This included scheduling trials, acting as scribe, and many other details that needed tending to. She would switch off every 3 months, initially working for the judges, then moving to trials, and in another 3 months, she’d transfer to traffic school.
She has two children that currently reside in Southern California, and her husband has two children as well. Her daughter, Dianne, 49, is a single mom that works for a college and is finishing her degree online in the meantime, and her son, Brian,47 is a stuntman/coordinator. In their family they also have two cats, Spanky and Cobble, and one Chihuahua, Bella. It was originally supposed to be just the one pet in their home, but Sue’s love for animals wouldn’t allow her just the one. She jokes that she must take her husband everywhere, because if she didn’t, all the animals she found would go home with her.
When Sue isn’t at the Club, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and animals. They joined Club Northwest a little over a year ago because Sue wanted to stay in shape, she recognized the importance of staying with a healthy lifestyle. Now she sees Savannah, one of CNW’s personal trainers, once a week. She says her main challenge with keeping on her fitness routine is that getting older makes working out more of a challenge, because it takes longer to recoup after a workout. She also says that exercising makes her, “feel good and energized, and the people here are wonderful.” Also saying that, “I haven’t met anybody here that I didn’t like.”
They have no problem staying busy, as they live in the country on a property that has many stubborn blackberry bushes and requires a lot of maintenance. Recently, they decided that it would benefit them to be closer to town, on a property that requires less upkeep and are still in the process of moving. Sue says that one of the reasons she is excited for her time to be freed, is because they can’t wait to be able to come to the Club every day.
Thank you for spending as much time with us as you can, Sue.
We, at Club Northwest, adore your presence in our lives and look forward to spending a lot more of it with you.