Susan Bradford

Susan Anne Bradford (Ronner)

Sunday, March 22nd, 1953 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Susan Anne Bradford, age 67, of Canton, GA passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, on Thursday, October 15, 2020, from the Cherokee Memorial Park with Rev. Jeanne Hoechst officiating.

A Tribute to Susan Bradford from her Brother
My kid sister, a big brain and an even bigger heart, a sensitive flower that first graced this planet on this day in 1953. In those primeval days in The Big Apple, she followed me around. She gave me her allowance, such was her baffling devotion. We'd go down to the candy store together to get a 3-cent selzer or a 10 cent Coke, or maybe even an ice cream cone for 10 cents, with an extra 2 cents for sprinkles. Under Eisenhower, a dollar was a dollar. We visited the Catholic carnival, where I saw the “No Minors Allowed” signs at the wheel of fortune and, as a small child, could not understand why coal miners weren't allowed to gamble.

Later, Susan showed even more sacrifice by playing chess with me when no one else knew the rules or had the patience. However, she did wise up a bit, charging me 50 cents a game.

I remember Susan, Mom and I -- living modestly in a duplex in Alabama when Susan and I were teen-agers -- throwing coins in a “Florida or Bust” box on the kitchen table for months each year to fund a yearly vacation to Panama Beach. Once, on the way home, our aged and sputtering Renault's clutch went out, and Mom miraculously made every green light home to Piedmont from Talladega. Somebody up there knew that if that wheezing jalopy stopped, it would never move forward again.

As young adults, Susan and I had great times singing blue grass songs and hymns together in uplifting harmonies as Susan picked her guitar on her front porch during my visits. In the dark days many years ago when I was newly divorced, I once collapsed on her shoulder and cried like a baby.

More so every year as I mature, I appreciate this gentle and wise spirit who has shared my path. When my Abby and Amy came along in the late 1980s, Susan and Mom doted over them, helping to build the little girls' senses of self and earning for Susan and Mom a fierce loyalty and devotion from my daughters that endures to this day.

Which all goes to say that when I think of what matters most to me – and as I get older I increasingly do so – my mind runs often to my sister and our good times together, which are part of the treasure that I have “stored up in heaven” where no thief can steal it. To paraphrase one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson, “my friends (and loved ones) are my estate.”

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thescfh.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Cherokee Memorial Park
    Address
    120 Memorial Dr.
    Canton, GA 30115
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  • Interment

    Location
    Cherokee Memorial Park
    Address
    120 Memorial Dr.
    Canton, GA 30115
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Linton Davis

Posted at 12:08pm
Everytime I ran into Susan at Lockheed Martin, she always had a smile on her face and a positive word for everyone she came in contact with. She epitomized everything that was positive about working at the Marietta facility. Prayers for the family and friends.
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Carolyn Creamer

Posted at 08:50pm
I met Susan when I started working in B95. Always a kind soul. Probably the last time I saw her she had come to my office to turn in money or a check to the company that needed accounting processing. She was standing there while I put together my paperwork & she had jacket sleeve over her hand & was holding it up. Of course I was curious as to why so I asked. What are you doing Susan with a giggle. She said oh I used my jacket to open the door so I didn't have to touch the door handle. I giggled even more because I did the same thing. Susan you kind soul will be missed! God Bless your family!
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Ramonda

Posted at 05:38pm
I worked with Susan at Lockheed Martin for many years. She coordinated many volunteer activities and always did it with such grace and enthusiasm. She was kind to everyone and her spirit was joyful. I have wonderful memories of Susan and all she did at work. I know she was just as giving in her personal life too. Rest In Peace, Susan, you will be missed!
 
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Abby Posted at 07:54pm

Thank you, Ramonda, for these kind and lovely words about our beautiful aunt. xo abby & amy
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Clara Boles Stafford

Posted at 05:16pm
Susan and I became friends at the age of 15. We were both being raised by single Moms. I lived in a small house and Susan in a small apartment. We had so much fun doing nothing but sitting on the bed talking. Once we reached 16 we would ride around town over and over. One night some boys stopped us and wanted to talk. We were staying at Susans that night and had to be home at 10:00 pm. We decided to go home and set the clocks back an hour and go back to town. We got back at 10 which was really 11. Edna was on the porch with broom in hand. She didn't hit us but we wished she had after the talk we had. Later on we found out John had told his mom what we did. Another time Edna had saved and saved for Susan a pair of new glasses. We were at the city pool just talking and Susan laid her glasses on the hood of the car. We suddenly realized it was time to go get Edna at work in Anniston. We left and Susan suddenly remembered her glasses. We went back but thsey had been run over. We went to get Edna trying to make up a good lie to tell about the glasses. We decided to just tell the truth. Susan told her mom and she said that is exactly why i insured them. Susan and i have not seen each other in years but we talked often. She started off with my BFF and ended with love and hugs and so did I. Knowing one day i will see my Bff again is what is holding me together. Until then i will have my memories.
 
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Abby Posted at 07:56pm

Clara, we love these memories. Thank you so much for sharing them. It's not at all surprising that Edna (our Mema) had a broom in hand. She knew how to be tough when she had to be. ;) And we love hearing about our teenage Aunt. She had so many facets. What an incredible human. :)
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