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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, NC.
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 degree in journalism 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, MA, and Deborah Giaramita of Richmond, VA. Her son, Carlyle Lewis Flinner, died at age four. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Nicholas and Elizabeth Hoff, of Lowell, and Sebastian and Gavin Giaramita of Chesterfield, VA. Other survivors include two sisters, Nancy Bullins of Burlington and Betty Richwine of Madison, NC.
Susan was an innovative Girl Scout leader, supporter of branch public libraries, advocate of after school enrichment programs, 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 path toward Virginia legislation to protect small neighborhoods from unnecessary intrusive automobile traffic.
Susan was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Meriwether Society. At the time of her death she was a member of Low's Lutheran Church, Liberty, NC.
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Published in The Washington Post on May 6, 2014
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