Susan Louise Stradley

susan stradley
Susan Louise Morrison Stradley, 69, wife of Les Stradley, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the CarePartners Solace Center surrounded by family and friends. Mrs. Stradley was born in Greensboro but lived in Asheville for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late J. Thomas and Louise Estes Morrison. She received her degree in teaching from UNC-Asheville. She taught fourth grade at Swannanoa Elementary (Williams Elementary) for ten years and coached a championship clogging team. She grew up in Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church from the age of seven and was married there in 1970. She taught 1st, 2nd and 5th grade Sunday school and was very involved in the church prayer group and circle until her passing. After the birth of her children, Matthew and Martha, she left teaching. She continued to support her community by serving on the state and local boards of the Children’s Home Society and as PTA president several times. She was proud of helping launch the magnet schools program still in use by Asheville City Schools. After the children were school age, she worked as a substitute teacher at Ira B. Jones Elementary School. Later she worked at Sanctuary of Stuff in Woodfin with Shari Johnson and Kim Miller. She enjoyed working in the shop because she was able to interact with all the customers. Her immediate family includes her husband, Les Stradley; daughter, Martha Johnson and her husband, Mike; son, Matt Stradley and his wife, Laurie; grandchildren, Millie and Sam Stradley and Savannah Johnson, as well as Roby Johnson “on the way”; a sister, Martha Hensley and her husband, Rex, and a brother, Jim Morrison. She also has many nieces and nephews with whom she was very close. Her ability to show kindness and compassion to all, especially to children, led many to see her as a second mother. Susan lived for her family, both immediate and extended. Many friends were so close she considered them family. She enjoyed hosting showers, parties, and especially Christmas Eve. Family to her was the core of life, and it was joy to have such a close one. She was a true caregiver to all. She was a fighter and a proud survivor of pancreatic cancer, until her recent reoccurrence. She was an advocate for progression on treatment and early detection. She beat the odds for over three years, carried by her faith. Susan had a passion for living life that was evident after spending just a short time with her. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Marcia Mount Shoop and Richard Coble officiating. The family ask you to wear casual, brightly colored attire. The family will greet friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church,789 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC28804, the Children’s Home Society ofNC (; or to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (

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  1. Les, I am so sorry to hear about Susan. We have prayed for her for over 3 years, and had Masses, and she is listed in our bulletin as people to pray for, by our Pastoral Council, and the Parishioners.

    Debbie and I have known Susan since we were kids, and are so saddened by your loss.

    If there is ANYTHING WE CAN DO, Please don’t hesitate to call on us day or night – We are very sincere about this. Take care of yourself as best you can.

    Sympathy and lots of Love,

    Debbie and Sandy

  2. There will never be another ‘Goofy.’? She was beyond lovable. We are so very sorry, Les. Love, Jimmy and Mary Lou

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of Susan. I pray for peace and rest for the family. No words will make this journey easier but prayers are being prayed for restoration. Peace be with you.

  4. The entire Loritsch family, Ken, Denice, Nick and Adam are so sorry for the loss of such a fine lady. Our memories are of her laughing smile as she welcomed us to her home or events. She was known for her generous spirit in any setting. Our thoughts are with you all.

  5. Our world now has a hole where a lovely, gracious lady once stood. She will be sorely missed by many, but held warmly in their hearts and memories.
    We are sure the angels are singing a sweet song for her arrival into their arms.
    Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Susan’s family.

  6. Susan always made us feel, part of her family. Once our children were married. That bond few even stronger. Susan was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. I know my life is fuller, having Susan part, of my life. Rest In Peace, sweet lady. You’re forever, in our hearts.

  7. Susan was a bright light. Her laughter and smile would brighten anyone who made her acquaintance. The world is poorer and heaven is richer. God gave us all a gift! Les and family, you have my prayers and thoughts as you journey without her physical presence; always grateful, for the companionship of her spirit and memories that are always with you!

  8. We are very sorry to hear of our cousin, Susan’s passing. The family are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

  9. Loved her so much! So blessed to have had her as a teacher. She is a lifelong positive influence in the lives of all of her students!!

  10. Love and prayers to her family. So many of us (her students) will cherish our fond memories of her from our childhood. One of our favorite teachers. Fly free beautiful spirit. ❤️

  11. Deepest sympathy Les, and so sorry for your loss. Bless Susan and her wonderful life and all her family, friends and loved ones at this sad time.
    Billy Warlick and Lauretta Warlick

  12. Les, we’re so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Les and family:
    So sorry for everyone’s loss of Susan Morrison Stradley especially for you and the love of your life! We all go way back and she was the sweetest girl all of her life! What a great grandmother she was….spent so much family time with all!
    She is no longer suffering and what a fighter she was! Our sympathy to each of you!
    Susan and Dewey Andrew

  14. My memories are that of Mrs. Stradley as a 4th grade teacher at Swannanoa Elementary in 1971. Her kindness and love as an instructor was something I will forever remember. Prayers for your family in this time of sadness.

  15. Mrs. Stradley was a beautiful person inside and out. She was a gifted teacher that showed me so much love and compassion when my father was killed in Vietnam when I was in her 4th grade class. She remembered me at my high school graduation with a sweet card and gift. I was so happy to reconnect with her on Facebook years later and get to know her as Susan. I will remember her with a smile always and forever. She was loved.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Susan. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace.

    Former class-mate

  17. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Stradley’s family and loved ones. She was a wonderful, caring woman. I was her student and one of her cloggers. She taught us so much more than we ever realized. She was truly a treasure and will be deeply missed. Heaven has gained a very special angel.

  18. My sincerest sympathies to Mrs. Stradley’s family and friends. She was my 4th grade(1974-75) teacher at Swannanoa Elementary, and she had a lasting impact on my life. I have always considered myself blessed to have had a teacher as dedicated as Mrs. Stradley. May you find strength and peace in the days and weeks to come.

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