Susan Carol Briant (Arnold) Vanica, 61, who had worked at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires and lived in a cabin in the Alaskan bush, died early Tuesday morning, April 24, 2012, after a two-year struggle with cancer.
Sue was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 22, 1950, to Ronnie and Jean Briant and attended Northland’s School in Olivos, Argentina. After graduation, she taught school in Argentina and was then employed at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires.
There she met Doyle “Arnie” Arnold, a Marine guard, married him in 1972, and they moved to the United States. They moved a lot because of his military service, including a one-year stay in a cabin in the Alaskan bush.
She had a degree in travel and airlines, an associate’s degree in sociology and anthropology, a bachelor’s degree in human services with an emphasis in gerontology, and she held nursing home administrator licenses in Montana and Oregon. She had worked as a teacher, counselor, secretary, travel agent, social worker and nursing home administrator.
In 1980, Mr. Arnold died. Nine years later, she married Don Vanica.
Mrs. Vanica was raised in the Anglican Church and became a Catholic at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings, where she had served as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Leslie of Visalia, Calif.; a son, John of Butte; and two sisters, Gillian Pile of Bangor, Me., and Pamela Briant of Gastonia, N.C.
Services will be at noon Friday, April 27, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. A vigil service will be held at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m. April 26. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rimrock Humane Society in Roundup.