Susan "Su" Haworth Burke, 63, of Finksburg, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at home.
Born Sept. 6, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of Joan E. Haworth, of Palm Coast, Fla., and the late Burton C. Haworth. She was the wife of William E. Burke.
She graduated from the University of Maryland with two Bachelor of Arts degrees and worked toward a master's degree in Montessori studies at Goucher University.
She was a Montessori school teacher
for more than 20 years, produced sculptures for the Rice Museum in the Carolinas and worked for Litton Bionetics on studies in conjunction with NIH and NCI grants. She held state and federal wildlife rehab permits and was a member of the Maryland State Police Crime Scene Search Team.
She enjoyed spending time with her husband, family and friends. She also enjoyed reading; art; gardening; animals; traveling; trying new foods, which included eating live termites in Guatemala; exploring; trying to learn a new language; teaching; not following recipes; kayaking; horseback riding; landscape design; and being "Ethel." She embraced life positively.
Surviving, in addition to her husband and mother, are sisters Linda Haworth, of Palm Coast, Fla., Janie Haworth, of Lebanon, Pa.; son Brad Smith and wife Katie, of Gaithersburg; daughter Holly Jones, of Seattle; stepson William C. Burke, of Finksburg; stepdaughters Pamela Rager and husband David, of Hagerstown, and Stephanie Burke, of Hagerstown; sister-in-law Karen Haworth, of Milton, Fla.; niece Stacey Haworth, U.S. Marine Corps, presently stationed in Afghanistan; nephew Brian Haworth, U.S. Navy, presently stationed in Oklahoma; numerous cousins; and close family friend Cheryl Phillips, of Wilmington, Del.
She was predeceased by a brother, Major Daniel S. Haworth, helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps, who was lost in action in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and gave his life so his crew members could survive. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Commendation Medal.
The family will receive friends 11 a.m. Saturday until the noon Celebration of Life service at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main Street, Westminster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157; the
; or the adoption of a homeless cat or dog.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fletcherfuneralHome.net
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