HAWKINS (nee Anderson), Susan Elizabeth

HAWKINS (nee Anderson), Susan Elizabeth – Age 60, of Fletchers Lake. With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Susan Hawkins. After a courageous 15 year battle with cancer, she died peacefully at home with her husband and children by her side. She will be forever missed by her loving husband of 38 years, Peter; their daughters, Sally (Clinton) Ronalds, Kate (Blois) Currie, Laura Hawkins; grandchildren, Madeleine, Isaac, Charleigh (Currie), Grace, Autumn (Ronalds); brothers, Chris and John Anderson and extended family. Born in Lunenburg, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Napier “Andy” and Edwena Anderson. Susan was always proud of her South Shore upbringing. Susan graduated from the Nova Scotia Community College and worked as a dental assistant until she left this position to become a full-time devoted at-home mother to her three girls. As they grew up she began working in the local elementary schools as an educational program assistant where her positive “can-do” attitude influenced those with whom she worked. Susan was a very active volunteer within the local area. She spear-headed the recycling program in Fall River, and many other environmental projects within the community. Projects such as: Shubenacadie Water Shed Environmental Project society (SWEPS), RiverLakers, One Day Give Away, PTA Elementary/Junior High and High school, and La Leche League Canada to name a few. She was a wise, sensible, and selfless contributor, with special consideration, respect and love for the natural environment and the causes to promote and protect it. Presented with a challenge, Susan would meet it head on with humour and determination and “gusto”! This is how she approached life, as well as cancer. She did everything with us and for us. As a mother and wife, she was our greatest supporter, our greatest fan, and our inspiration. Susan was always up for a good time, she loved family and friends, good food and adventure. Susan lived a life full to the brim and made sure everyone around her was enjoying it as much as she was. Donations would be appreciated to SWEPS; contact.sweps@gmail.com; a project very dear to Susan. A special thank you to the medical doctors, Dr. McNab and Dr. Rayson, who helped and supported her through the difficult times as well as other nurses and support staff who helped make her treatments more bearable. A celebration of life reception was held to honour Susan on October 15, in the Oakfield Golf Course in Oakfield.

As Susan would always say “One step at a time”.