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WAIDE, Susan Elizabeth

Susan Elizabeth Waide, 54, died on November 21st, 2013, in Austin, Texas after a long illness. She was the beloved daughter of Jack B. and Adele Ashley Waide of Austin, Texas; the granddaughter of Senator Carlos Ashley and Cynthia Adele Johnson Ashley of Llano, Texas; and John W. and Mary Ollie Bishop Waide of Paint Rock, Texas.

Susan was born on July 2nd, 1959, at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas. A fine amateur musician, she had many years of training in piano and sang in choir all through school. She graduated from San Angelo Central High School and attended Angelo State University and University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a proofreader for the Texas State Senate, G&S Publishing, the Texas Legislative Council and freelanced for various publishers. Susan then changed her focus to pursue a career in massage therapy---work that she loved. She graduated from both the Austin School of Massage Therapy and Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and was licensed by the State of Texas. In addition to her private massage therapy practice, she performed volunteer work as a massage therapist for the Center for Battered Women (now renamed "SafePlace") and other organizations and was honored as volunteer of the year by the Center for Battered Women.

Susan chose to spend her entire adult life in Austin---appreciating the culture and physical beauty of the city. She enjoyed going to hear live music (especially during the punk music scene of the 1980s), swimming at Barton Springs, and walking on the hike & bike trail. To the very end, she loved listening to KUT-FM, particularly John Aielli's program, "Eklektikos" and Paul Ray's "Twine Time." One of her final acts was to make a donation to KUT.

She read voraciously and with great pleasure throughout her life. Among her favorite authors were Grace Paley and Alexander Cockburn.

Susan always felt a deep love for animals. Her cherished pets included her cat, Rita, and her pomeranians, Molly and Minnie; she is survived by her beloved chihuahua, Sweet Pea.

She is also survived by her parents, her brother, Dr. John Ashley Waide (of Nashville, Tennessee); her sister, Cynthia Ann Waide (of Austin); her niece, Katherine Elizabeth Waide (of Nashville, Tennessee); her uncle Carlos Ashley (of Fredericksburg, Texas), cousins Blake Ashley and his wife Wendy and their children (of Fredericksburg) and Caroline Ashley Cuthbertson (of Farmers Branch, Texas) and her children; and many other cousins and friends.

On her behalf, her family would like to thank some of the people and organizations that were so helpful to her during her illness: Sheera Rexroad, CMT, the concierge service at Whole Foods. the Austin Diner, Odyssey Hospice, and Cedar View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

It was Susan's wish that there be no funeral service but there will be a private ceremony of remembrance and scattering of her ashes. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to KUT or the Mary Lee Foundation.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2013
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