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Susan Watson Burke

January 25, 1933 - May 22, 2014

SALEM - Susan was born in Des Moines, Iowa as the only child of Arthur and Doreen Watson. She grew up and graduated from Fort Dodge, Iowa High School. Later she attended Monmouth College, Illinois; Diablo Community College in California; and UCLA.

She married Grover MacLeod, a dentist, and had one son, David Arthur MacLeod who survives her. After that marriage ended, she married (in 1980) Arthur R. Burke, a widower whom she had met at Monmouth College in 1951.

While living in California and raising her son, David, Susan worked as a Property Manager for Coldwell Banker in the Los Angeles area. Upon her marriage to Arthur, they lived in Illinois, Vermont, Alabama, and Florence, Oregon prior to retiring in Salem in 2004.

Susan was active in the Presbyterian Church as an Elder, Deacon and numerous committees. She was also an active member of Assistance League, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Group, and an officer of PEO.

A friend described her as: "A very beautiful, elegant, intelligent, and caring little lady."

Susan leaves behind her son, David MacLeod, blended family daughters LeeAnne Linderman of Salt Lake City and Patricia Burke of Melbourne, Australia, granddaughters Katherine and Rebecca, and her husband, Arthur Burke.

Remembrances to Salem First Presbyterian Church. A gathering of family and friends will be planned at a later date.

Published in StatesmanJournal on June 8, 2014
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