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Celebration of Life June 30 for Cruisin' Susan, a colorful La Conner character

A public memorial service for Susan Baum, who worked at La Conner’s iconic 1890s Inn during a colorful chapter in the town’s history, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Conner Waterfront Park.

Baum, fondly known to her friends as “Cruisin’ Susan,” died May 7.

Having grown up in Big Sky Country, she blended seamlessly after her arrival here into the local arts community and eclectic counterculture movement that evolved in the 1970s in La ­Conner and at nearby Fishtown on the Skagit River.

Baum embraced a non-­traditional lifestyle to the end, living in a Class A motorhome that she m...


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