Hobby Lobby employee loses battle with cancer

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 8:48 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Hobby Lobby employee Sue Jacobsen has lost her battle with cancer.

Jacobsen died Monday after being diagnosed in August with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. She was 42 when she died.

“Though we will all miss her terribly, we are thankful for the time we had with her,” said Hobby Lobby co-worker Patty Smith.

Jacobsen had worked at the Batavia Hobby Lobby store for 11 years and was on leave from her job because of the cancer. Smith in October had her head shaved in support of Jacobsen, who had been losing her hair because of the chemotherapy she had been receiving to treat the cancer.

Smith and other Hobby Lobby employees also had organized a benefit for Jacobsen to help with her medical bills.

“It amazes me what everybody has been doing,” Jacobsen said at the time. “I have good co-workers.”

She had been hopeful about her health after doctors in August removed a 18-centimeter cancerous tumor from her abdomen. Doctors had gotten 95 percent of the cancer when they did the surgery, Jacobsen said at the time.

There won’t be any funeral services for Jacobsen at the family’s request.

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