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Susan Joyce Waterman, 56, of Titusville, went home to be with the lord on Sunday, March 17, 2013, in her home, after a courageously fought battle with breast cancer. She was born March 27, 1956, the daughter of Gerald B. and Joyce (Sherman) Wadsworth in Aberdeen, Maryland, while her dad was serving in the Army.
Susan grew up in West Suffield, Connecticut, with her younger brothers, Scott and Steven Wadsworth. Susan was a girl scout and traveled to France as part of her high school experience. After high school, Susan studied at the University of St. Joseph to be a teacher for special needs children.
Susan was blessed with a daughter, Candace "Cadie" Joyce Foraker on September 22, 1977, from her first marriage.
Susan went back to School to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1988, where she was also the Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Honor Society) first female president; and soon after went to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Susan worked in the Guidance, Navigation and Control area, specializing in the Space Shuttle Brakes and Nose Wheel Steering systems and later, The Flight Control System. Susan worked in Design Engineering as a software developer, an IT project manager, as well as in the business office.
Susan married Robert David Waterman on November 20, 1998, in Inverlochy Castle of Fort William, Highland, Scotland on the 5th anniversary of their first date.
Susan became a grandmother on February 26, 1999, with the birth of her twin granddaughters, Britney Lee Taylor and Briana Michele Taylor.
Susan was a published poet, a co-author of technical papers from Artificial Intelligence to advanced Spaceport Health Management. Susan was for many years the treasurer for St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. Mark's Academy, where she was also on the School Board.
Sue and her family traveled to Hawaii on several occasions and cruised to multiple destinations in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, backpacked across Europe and drove across the country from Titusville to the Arctic Circle in Alaska (and back) with many adventures along the way. Susan enjoyed gardening in her butterfly garden, reading and having books around her, and together with her husband, being a part of her daughter and granddaughter's lives.
In High School, Susan was voted most likely to be a homemaker from this she became a "Rocket Scientist", who loved to volunteer. Giving of herself was one of her passions, volunteering at church or as a science fair judge or in her granddaughters' school. Susan would often give anonymously, preferring to stay in the back, but giving fully with a pure heart. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched.
She leaves her husband, Robert Waterman; daughter, Cadie (Foraker) Perez; granddaughters, Britney Taylor, Briana Taylor, Rachel Perez; mom, Jacquie Wadsworth; her two siblings, sister-in-law, brother-in-law; and many caring stepsisters, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A service celebrating the Life and Love of Susan Waterman will be Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 4:00 pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4 Church Street, Cocoa Village.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either St. Mark's Episcopal Church or St. Mark's Episcopal Academy, or the Space Coast Cancer Foundation.
Online condolences may be shared at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.
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