Susan Orr

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    - Ann Kanter
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    - Peter Cole
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Susan Orr, beloved lifelong organizer for peace and justice, defender of Mother Earth, accomplished artist, healer, Buddhist teacher, and spiritual leader has passed away at the age of 76 in Sacramento, CA on Sept. 9th. She was preceded in death by her son David, and is survived in California by her daughter, Katie Thomas; son-in-law, Richie Lawrence; grandchildren Gwen Benaim and Bevan Thomas, and Ian Lawrence; great-grand-children Sienna Rose, and Jude; her brother Peter Strauss; sister-in-law Joanna Strauss; nephew Ben, niece Bethany, and their families in New York. She left us surrounded by her closest loved ones. Countless other family, friends, students, mentees, and sangha members the world round will miss her boundless compassion, generosity, and love. In addition to decades of good works, Susan was a founder and Trustee of the David Samuel Orr Fund for the Earth, and recently co-founded the Sacramento Dharma Center. Contributions may be made to both of these organizations in her memory.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2018