Susan Barker Hayes Woods

  • "Love you Miss Susan, we miss you. Rest peacefully dear..."
    - gail and ira stern

On Monday April l6, 2018, one of Marion County's most passionate environmental defenders passed away. Susan Barker Hayes Woods was a graduate of Brown University, a dressage instructor, judge, and clinician with students all over the United States. With her husband, Bill, she was a resident of Marion County for 28 years. Susan's love for horses had brought their lives together 46 years ago and at their Four Winds Farm they practiced dressage, and traveled to judge and give instructional clinics across the country.
Susan was open to many ways to better understand the natural world. A self taught environmentalist, she worked tirelessly on land use, farmland preservation, and water management in north central Florida. Her deep respect of nature brought her to the forefront of the environmental community. As an activist, she spoke on behalf of our springs and spring protection, farmland preservation and protection of sensitive lands. She was honored by Thousand Friends of Florida and received a Florida Community Stewardship Award. She was recognized by the UF Public Interest Environmental Conference for her efforts with an Unsung Hero Award. Marion County Citizens' Coalition, Inc. (MC3) will honor Susan as the first recipient of a perpetual environmental stewardship award this year.
She was a Reiki Master, an animal communicator and a student of shamanism.
Susan is survived by Bill, her husband of 35 years; and two siblings, a sister, Nancy Hayes Golden of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and a brother, A Lee Hayes of Marion, Massachusetts.
The celebration of Susan Woods will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 am. The gathering will take place at Crones' Cradle Conserve Foundation, 6411 NE 217th Place, Citra, Florida. Further information at 352-595-3377. Contributions in Susan's name can be made to the Marion County Citizens' Coalitions' Environmental Steward Award, Post Office box 635, Orange Springs, Florida 32182 or to the National , 1506 Lake Highland Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from May 5 to May 7, 2018
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