BURLINGTON - Susan Lewis Flinner died Sunday, May 4, 2014, a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
She was 74, a resident of the Memory Care Center in the Twin Lakes Community of Burlington, N.C.
Susan moved with her surviving husband, Charles, to the retirement community in Oct. 2007, from Falls Church, Va., where she had been a resident for almost 40 years.
She earned a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a reporter
for The Daily Tar Heel. She was selected by Sigma Delta Chi journalism members as the most outstanding reporter of her class, but the organization was an all-male fraternity at the time and the award was not acknowledged at the national level. She was a reporter for The Roanoke Times, The Raleigh News and Observer, and the Arlington (Va.) News. She was a general reporter, political reporter, and feature reporter. Her career included interviews with the Mercury Seven astronauts, a feature on a nudist colony, and on-scene coverage of Hatteras Island hurricanes.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Flinner of Lowell, Mass. and Deborah Giaramita of Richmond, Va. Her son, Carlyle Lewis Flinner, died at age four. She is survived by four grandchildren, Nicholas and Elizabeth Hoff, of Lowell, and Sebastian and Gavin Giaramita of Chesterfield, Va. Survivors also include two sisters, Nancy Bullins of Burlington and Betty Richwine of Madison, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes Porter Lewis and Carlyle Blackburn Lewis of Madison. She had lived with her parents in Burlington, Ossipee, Lexington, High Point, and Madison.
Susan was an innovative Girl Scout leader, supporter of branch public libraries, advocate of after-school enrichment programs in Fairfax County, and an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va. She was politically active and initiated what became a death with dignity law in Virginia. She also started a Virginia legislative path toward legislation to protect small neighborhoods from unnecessary intrusive automobile traffic.
Susan was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Meriwether (Lewis) Society. At the time of her death she was a member of Low's Lutheran Church, Liberty, N.C.
In lieu of flowers contributions would be welcome at the Alzheimer's Disease Association. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. Interment will be in Northern Virginia.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.