Susan Driver, April 9, 1952~June 15, 2017
Susan was born a fiery, red-headed Texas rose. She lived life to the fullest – riding in on a stallion, and out after beating you in one of the many games at which she excelled, leaving you wanting more of her knowledge, time, laughter and wisdom. She was an avid reader – always ready with a list of recommendations and analyses of the author and story. She was a lover of words and Scrabble – you could never get an inadmissible word past her. She was a die-hard tennis player who loved a family doubles match. She was a skilled card player – be it Bridge, Spades, or Canasta, she would beat you and give you some pointers along the way. She had a remarkable green thumb, growing Black-eyed Susan’s towering 10 feet in height. And she was a great lover of road-trips, racking up miles across America and never letting anyone else drive. She was generous with her love, pragmatic and candid with her advice, and convicted in her beliefs, which in the 1990s led her to galvanize support for a sales tax to fund improvements to Wilson Park and the broader Fayetteville Parks & Trails system. She was a creative and committed 4th grade teacher, who balked at the constraints of new standards, because she knew that sometimes teaching math through a kick-ball game was the best way to reach the kids.
Susan leaves a great many people here, honoring and keeping her spirit alive, including her children Sara, Nathan and Kya; her grandchildren, Emylia, Scarlett, Lola, Burch and Mason; her siblings, John, Dan, Steve and Sara; her numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews; and her large family of friends. In lieu of gifts, please donate to Heifer International or volunteer with Fayetteville Parks & Rec.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
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