If It's A Holiday, 'Stormy' Has A Costume



In modern times, where speed and productivity matter above all else, where technology rules society and where the "me first" attitude reigns supreme, one woman places the happiness of others above anything else.

Susan "Stormy" Storm has created a foolproof way to evoke smiles from complete strangers.


Susan "Stormy" Storm

The self-described "imaginative soul" sews, draws, paints and creates costumes for every holiday of the year.

She dressed as a man for April Fool's Day and turned herself into a slot machine one Halloween, for her shift at the Mazatzal Casino.

"I like making people laugh," she said. "It's important these days. Everyone is under such huge stress.

"People come to the casino to have fun."

Stormy earned her nickname from a friend, when she decided to move to Payson 14 years ago after hearing of its beauty.

"I stormed into town in my pickup truck," she said with a laugh. "Everyone has been calling me that ever since."

Stormy has worked as a maintenance lead at the casino for the last 11 years and has dressed up for more than eight of them.

As a child, Stormy said her mother made her costumes for Halloween and for plays that she's put on.

"I like being on stage," she said. "I just have an imagination that won't quit."

Her disguised repertoire includes more and more holidays each year, which is easier said than done. Each costume is made from scratch and sometimes takes as long as a week for Stormy to construct.

"People always want me to find more holidays," she said. "They just love it."

Earth Day, Flag Day and even Nurse's Day have made the cut. Stormy said she is up to more than 50 costumes.

"One day, I decided to dress as an elf for Christmas and people loved it, so I decided to do it again," she said. "With all the costumes I have, I need a bigger apartment."


Name: Susan "Stormy" Storm

Hometown: Ojai, Calif.

Occupation: Maintenance lead at Mazatzal Casino

When did you move to Payson and what brought you here? I moved here in 1993 after a friend told me how beautiful it was. I agree.

What's the biggest risk you've taken recently? Trying to keep a positive attitude and go out of my way to make somebody laugh.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Go for your dreams.

What are three things you want people to know about you? I care about people, I try to keep a positive outlook on life and I have quite an imagination.

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a nurse, which I was, for 10 years.


Book: "Little House on the Prairie" and "Romeo and Juliet"

Song: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

Food: Tacos

Movie: "Titanic"

Sport to watch: Ice skating and the Winter Olympics.

Vacation spot: Portland, Ore.

Recreational activity: Sewing and creating.

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