Susan Irene Grubbs, 58, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Brownsville, Texas, following a long illness.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 1, at the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery.
She was the daughter of the late Col. and Mrs. Elmer W. Grubbs of Barnwell.
Susan Grubbs was a graduate of Barnwell High School and attended nursing school in Orangeburg, and the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
She is survived by her son, Matthew Aldrich Hair of Charleston; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Grubbs Shealy and Harry Everett Shealy Jr. of Aiken; two nieces, Kimberly Grubbs Byers of Tucson, Ariz., and Margaret Shealy Garrick of Columbia; two nephews, Judson Buist Grubbs III, of Los Angeles, Calif., and John Calvert Shealy of Columbia; two great-nephews, and three great-nieces, residing in Columbia, Tucson and Los Angeles.
She was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Judson Buist Grubbs of Barnwell and the late Mr. and Mrs. John William Fountain of Columbus, Ga.
She was preceded in death by a brother, the lateJudson Buist Grubbs II, formerly of Pebble Beach, Calif.
As the youngest daughter of a career military officer, Susan lived in many different states and the Panama Canal Zone. Her birthplace was Sandusky, Ohio. She was an accomplished horsewoman and enjoyed many hours of riding and showing her horse, Beauty. She was also a talented rose gardener and maintained several hundred rose bushes of many varieties. She was a gifted flower designer and ran a small floral business from her home in Barnwell. Artistically talented, she did beautiful needlework. Birds and flowers were favorite subjects for her stitching. She was also a great animal lover, and raising dogs was one of her passions. Weimaraners and Great Danes were two of her favorite breeds. In addition to her other interests, Susan worked as a legal secretary and also as a practical nurse at the Barnwell and Aiken hospitals.
Like many other southerners, Susan's family enjoyed a long heritage in the Barnwell area, and she lived on land that had been in her family for over two hundred years. Later in her life, Susan resided with her family in the Ryan House on Main Street and spent winters in Kissimmee, Fla. She will be missed by her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Susan's memory to the Barnwell Presbyterian Church, 320 Reynolds Street, Barnwell, S.C., 29812.
Mole Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The People-Sentinel 10/30/13
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