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Lasting Tribute for Susan Mary (Sue) LAWSON

Butler's Cross, 30/01/1944 - 14/02/2021 (Age 77) | Published: Online. Notable areas: Alsager, Clacton-on-Sea, Gatley, High Wycombe

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Susan MaryLAWSONIn loving memory of my wonderful sister and soulmate, who tragically passed away so suddenly after a short stay in hospital four months ago. As adults, Sue and I had never lived near each other until the move we both made to settle here in Bucks. And we really did make the most of this time, enjoying the rural feel to life here and the peace and quiet of the countryside. After Don died in 2018, Sue was the very best of companions. We just enjoyed doing ordinary things together, but also she gave such valuable advice when needing things for the house. I can't count how many times she helped with shortening or lengthening fabric, trousers, skirts, fancy dress costumes for the grandchildren's school events. Sue attended Fallowfield Church Technical High School, Fallowfield, Manchester, from 1955 to 1962, which she says was ‘perfect for me - I did lots of arty stuff and the school had 300 pupils, everyone knew everyone else, and it felt like a family.’ Sue so valued her friends from these early days in Manchester. Then there were friends she met while at teacher training college at St. Osyth’s Clacton, her years teaching in Cheshire schools and later at the Alsager Campus. I know she liked to keep in touch with you all, especially after she moved to be near me and the family. She mentioned so many of you by name as we sat together in the hours before her passing. Sue loved her cottage, thrived on the new friendships and enjoyed the wonderful mix of characters who were her neighbours. She quickly became known around Wendover, making friends so easily, taking on sewing classes, and constantly making beautiful new creations with ease using her amazing skills with stitching. Sue was always a central part of our regular family gatherings, perhaps making a lemon drizzle cake, or rolling her sleeves up to help as a truly invaluable sister. We were so in awe of how she could turn her skills to so many things that none of the rest of us could. Dear Sue, so glad that we made our years in Bucks together six really special years. I will continue to miss her so much, but am so grateful that we had an amazing run of time, as two ladies already late in their 70s. We were able to reminisce over early childhood days in Gatley, and latterly, our time down here in Bucks was simply the best - gentle, enjoyable, full of meaningful memories. A private cremation took place on 11th March, and we celebrated her life on the 20th March with our family group of us here at home and in the garden. But we will miss her all the other days too, calling in for her favourite biscuits (kit-kat) and her cups of tea. Little Sue, small but tough, slim but so resilient. Thanks to all who already sent acknowledgements, letters, emails, cards, they are such a wonderful tribute to that little sister of mine. Anyone moved to do so please feel free to post your own few words to complement mine. Sue’s loving sister Janet.
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New Orleans is celebrating your life today in wildly extravagant joy and splendour this Mardi Gras. 20 years ago to the day, I was there with them too. Just confirming Sue, as if you didn't already know, that your friends are still being guided by your enduring down to earth wisdom three years on. You never let the increasing frustrations of the ever more dystopian world around us wear you down, and were always able to lift the creaking spirits of all who you touched. Keep calm & carry on was more than just an iconic poster to both you and me alike! My little Mardi Gras will this evening be limited to a stack of wafer-thin pancakes dripping with lightly sugared lemon juice, just like we shared together this same day 60 years ago!
Ian
13/02/2024
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Dear Sue, Thinking of you specially on this 30th January, which would have been your 80th. Miss you each and every day, but so grateful that we shared our years in Buckinghamshire, full of the best memories. Remembering your gentle patience, your creativity and style. So 'mini' yet so mighty. Love from Jan, kid sister
Janet Baker
30/01/2024
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Two years on
"And what I didn't know or couldn't see then
Was that she hadn't really gone.
The dead don't go till you do, loved ones.
The dead are still here holding our hands."

Wise words indeed, with thanks to Jackie Kay
Ian
14/02/2023
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Dear Sue, your birthday today, thinking of you each and every day, you are missed so much. Love Jan, kid sister
Janet Baker
31/01/2023
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Janet Baker
31/01/2023
Dear Sue - Remembering you every day, recalling funny stories and treasured memories. Not a day goes by when I don't think about you or see something that reminds me of you. Love always and forever Janet ( Your Kid) xx
Janet Baker
08/07/2022
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Janet Baker
08/07/2022
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Sue, by Sue, 50 years ago
Ian Ball
13/02/2022
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One year on, and I am still struggling to come to terms with learning out of the blue that Sue had been so suddenly and cruelly taken away from us all last Valentine's Day. One of the loveliest people one could ever hope to have known. Such a rare and wonderful mix of generosity, warmth, talent and fun. Such a thoughtful, caring and selfless delight. A tower of inner strength, and a really inspirational life mentor to all who were lucky enough to have ever enjoyed her company. Fate set us on wildly different paths half a century ago, but our time together will forever be special. I will always remember her as she painted herself so beautifully, all those decades ago. I hope that painting revives fond memories for those relatively few still around who also shared parts of her life way back then.
Thanks for everything Sue, most especially for being the true you.
Ian Ball xx
Ian Ball
13/02/2022
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I have tried to contact you so many times and now I realise why you did not reply. Sue, you were a special kind of person who are few and far between. Thank you for keeping in touch when you were able to. Your move to be close to your sister was the right one and glad you were able to spend so many happy times together. I will miss your cards and emails Sue. God bless you.
Margret Caddy
13/12/2021
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