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, FL and the late Burton C. Haworth. She was the wife of her beloved husband William E. Burke. She graduated from the University of Maryland with two BA degrees and worked toward a masters in Montessori Studies at Goucher University. She was a Montessori school teacher for over 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, reading, art, gardening, animals, traveling, trying new foods (e.g. eating live termites in Guatemala), exploring, trying to learn a new language, teaching, not following recipes, kayaking, horse back 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, FL, Janie Haworth of Lebanon, Pa.; a son Brad Smith and his wife Katie of Gaithersburg, MD; daughter Holly Jones of Seattle; stepson William C. Burke of Finksburg; stepdaughter Pamela Rager and husband David of Hagerstown; stepdaughter Stephanie Burke of Hagerstown; sister-in-law Karen Haworth of Milton, FL; niece Stacey Haworth, USMC, presently stationed in Afghanistan; and nephew Brian Haworth, U.S. Navy presently stationed in Oklahoma. She leaves behind numerous cousins and close family friend Cheryl Phillips of Wilmington, DE. She was predeceased by a brother, Major Daniel S. Haworth, USMC, helicopter pilot, lost in action in the Persian Gulf in 1987. He 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 Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. until time of Celebration of Life Service; 12 noon at the Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., 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.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 23, 2013