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Susan Semmens

Susan “Susie” Semmens, age 61, of Carrington, ND, died at her home peacefully with her family at her side on September 9, 2020, after a courageous 5½ year battle with cancer.

Susan Kay Mertens was born August 4, 1959, in Devils Lake, ND, to Cecil and Rosemary (Hamilton) Mertens. Susie attended school in Devils Lake, graduating from Central High School in Devils Lake.

Susie met and fell in love with Donald Daugherty, they were united in marriage on December 1, 1979 in Oberon, ND. Susie opened her heart to Donald’s two daughters: Jodelle and Camie. Donald and Susie were blessed with four more daughters, Mindy, Nicole, Amber and Karri. In 1990, Susan and Donald established United Seed & Supply on their farm in Carrington. Donald died March 27, 1996, at the age of 46 from cancer.

After Donald’s passing Susie continued their seed company, United Seed & Supply. Susie owned and operated the company until she was diagnosed with cancer. She worked hard to provide a life for her and her girls. Her life was not easy, with ups and downs as time healed her.

Susan was blessed to have found love again and was united in marriage on May 8, 1999, to Roger Semmens. They resided on Susie’s current farm in rural Carrington. Roger died February 13, 2020.

Susie had a passion for animals. She loved her horses, they gave her joy throughout her life. She and the girls had a common bond when it came to riding and spending time outdoors. The farm was a place for everyone to come together and enjoy each other. 

She was a member of the Circle Trail Riders, an active Raiders 4-H Leader for 30 plus years. She was active in orchestrating hay rides at the farm. When Susie was not outside with the animals she could be found inside baking and spending time in the kitchen. Susie loved her family, her children brought joy to her life and her grandchildren filled her heart with love. Of all the things in her life, Susie’s family was the center of it all. There is a special place in Susie’s heart that belongs to Mindy, her never ending care, devotion and enduring love for Mindy will not be forgotten. 

Susan is survived by daughters, Mindy Daugherty, Carrington, Nicole (Russ) Shahin, Williston, Amber (Dusty) Horejsi, Pingree, and Karri Daugherty, Carrington; four step-daughters, Jodelle (Paul) Gefroh, Cleveland, ND, Camie (Steve) Schwan, Sammamish, WA, Ginger (Mike) Westfall, Columbus, NE, and Robin (Jeff) Carter, Blaine, MN; seventeen Grandchildren, Shawn, Samantha, Andrea, Ethan, Maggie, Keith, Tommy, Kayson, Sawyer, Shelby, Bradyn, Grayson, Cody, Isaiah, Colton, Cash and Cain; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Mertens, Devils Lake, Mike Mertens Devils Lake; four sisters, Ceya (Don) Holler, Devils Lake, Kathy (Ron) Holler, Grand Forks, Mary (Leland) Koenig, New Rockford and Pattie (Alan) Wilcox, Highlands Ranch, CO.

She is preceded in death by her parents; both spouses Donald Daugherty and Roger Semmens.


Visitation will be Friday, 9:00AM-7:00PM, family will be present from 5:00 – 6:45PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 1:30PM at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. ~So sorry for your loss, Susie was an amazing person and she will certainly be missed by many! I think of her every time trail rides are talked about and will never forget the day I learned to water ski with her, Mary, Ceya, and Eileen, OMGOSH we had fun that day!

  2. Dear Susie, we only met for 1 day but what a beautiful day that was. You showed us your home, your family, your heart.
    We hope you have found peace and tranquility. To Susie’s family; we are so sorry for your loss and we wish you a lot of strength. Love from Belgium. Neely, Koen & Nova Van Eylen.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Susie’s family! 🙏🙏

  4. Karri, I was so sorry to read of your mother’s death. Mothers play such an important role in our lives. I lost mine a year ago, but she left me many wonderful memories to treasure. My Deepest Condolences to you and your family, Jane Metzger

  5. Thoughts and prayers go out to Susie’s family .

  6. Susie was a very dear friend to me and my angel when I needed one the most. I will cherish every single memory. She was such an amazing human and friend. I will miss her dearly. I was blessed to have been able to share in part of her life. My deepest condolences to the family. I love you Susie…RIP my friend

  7. Susie was a lovely person and so very kind. She will be greatly missed!

  8. Susie introduced me to the world of Veterinary Medicine. School taught me the science but Susie taught me the love, care and compassion that I needed. I am forever grateful to you Susie!

  9. I was blessed with dozens of wonderful cousins and my favorite one was Susie 🙂 Hanging out with her at the farm was always so much fun, especially when she gave me rides on Blitz and her other horses. I was always a little afraid of the horses (maybe more than a little!), but I knew that Susie wouldn’t let anything bad happen to me. Even when she and I fell off one of her horses, she made sure to protect my body as we fell so I didn’t get hurt (just dirty from the grease/dirt patch we managed to fall in by the machine shed!). In recent years, texting was a great gift — a way that we could stay in touch when she was feeling well. Susie fought this fight for so long because she loved her family so dearly. There are so many people on this earth who are better people because they were loved by Susie. Ride in peace, Susie!


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