Susan Lee Varjavand, nee Ellengerger, died on Sept. 6, 2018, in Mariposa County while hiking along the Merced River between Briceburg and Incline.
She was born on Aug. 13, 1941, in San Francisco to Dorothy and Irvin Ellengerger.
She is survived by her husband, Parviz, and children Bahram, Delbar and Nahid.
She was the grandmother of Delbar’s children, Deanyar and Cyrus Jahanian; of Bahram’s children, Mitra and Arman Varjavand; and Nahid’s children, Roya Varjavand and Matthias Friebel.
She was an artist who bridged the cultures of Iran and the U.S and who converted formally to Zoroastrianism.