May 14, 1951 ~ February 13, 2022

Born in: Spartanburg, SC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Susan Waldrop Slusser, 70, formerly of Charlotte, NC, passed into the arms of her dear Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at her home in Asheville, NC. She died after a short but aggressive onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on May 14, 1951 to John and Nancy Waldrop at Spartanburg, SC, but as an infant, with her family, moved to Charlotte, NC where she was raised. She moved to Asheville, NC upon her marriage to Dale Wayne Slusser in 1997. Prior to her marriage in 1997, she worked at Duke Power Company in Charlotte, NC, in customer service, for 17 years.

Words cannot begin to describe her inspiring spirit and love for others, and her infectious love of Jesus. Even in her Alzheimer’s, though her diseased brain prohibited her from recognizing her husband, she wanted to make sure that he knew Jesus! Dubbed “Miss Plucky of 1959” by her teacher and third-grade classmates, Susan’s inimitable spirit was forged in the crucible of her lifelong struggle with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or “Brittle Bone Disease”. Despite experiencing 48 fractures as a child, leaving her disfigured in her legs, she blossomed into an attractive, intelligent, and talented woman. She was a consummate seamstress, in all aspects of sewing, in garment construction, pillow-making, quilting, cross-stitch, and even in the long-forgotten art of tatting (lace making). For a few years she owned and operated a needlework shop in Charlotte, NC. She loved Colonial Williamsburg, having visited there over 35 times in her lifetime. She decorated and furnished her home in her beloved Eighteenth-century style. And she loved animals: cats, dogs, birds, ground hogs, and bunnies!

Susan was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC. She is survived by her husband, Dale; sister-in-law, Anne Byers Waldrop of Spartanburg, SC; niece Daphne A. Hughes, and husband Mark Hughes of Spartanburg, SC; Nephew, James M. Waldrop, and wife Lisa Waldrop of New Church, VA.

A Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Gethsemane Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, 1504 W. Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Friends and family are welcomed to attend.

Services

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Graveside Service: February 16, 2022 2:00 pm

Gethsemane Cemetery and Memorial Gardens
1504 W. Sugar Creek Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28262


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  1. Susan, I’m remembering all the old Dick Cavett shows we used to watch, singing along to the Beatles Uncle Albert, and my unfortunate navigation of Peachtree St in downtown Atlanta with you in your wheelchair. And you never let me forget it! I’ll remember your laugh and your courage forever!

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  2. Thinking of the family at this time. Dale, if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know…Susan was a treasure on earth and now in her glory with the Father…

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  3. I know from having lost my wife that there are no words to make things better. It simply, not easily, takes time to process the life-changing loss. Helps knowing there are people like Dick & Lu Daniels who will be there for you when you need them.
    Love,
    Bob

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  4. I remember working with Susan in the early 70’s at Duke Power and also, remember her as a lovely person with a beautiful soul.

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  5. I met Susan in the mid 1970’s and we became friends instantly. When we both realized we loved Colonial Williamsburg ant every thing 18 century the friendship was sealed. This lovely petite lady was upbeat and full of joy despite being in a wheelchair and dealing with brittle bone disease. We never tired of talking with one another and spend many telephone conversations lasting hours and never running out of subjects to discuss. Her parents went to church one night and she paused our conversation long enough for her to say goodbye to them. When they returned from church we were still talking… our conversations were so enjoyable we never thought of them as that long. Susan had a shop called Of Needle and Thread selling mainly cross stitch patterns and thread. Her needlework, pillows and clothing were perfectly beautiful. Her name Susan Elizabeth Waldrop ..SEW initials fit..she loved to sew. Her greatest love however, was for the Lord and her husband Dale. May sweet memories and knowing she is with the Lord help us all during this difficult time ❤️🙏🏻

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  6. So sorry for your loss. Knew Susan from Duke Power before she married Dale. Susan was one of a kind. She never let her brittle bone disease keep her from living life to the fullest. No doubt she is running around in Heaven now no longer needing her wheelchair.

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  7. So very sorry Dale. We didn’t know Susan but obviously she was a beautiful and wonderful person in many ways! Praising God for her life and that she is with her Savior. Prayers for you Dale.

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  8. So sorry to hear we have lost another classmate! Susan was such a sweet
    Spirit when we came through school together
    She will be remembered
    Myra & Steve Billings

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  9. So sorry to hear about Susan’s death. She was in my World History class at Garinger during our junior year. Although I hadn’t seen her in over 50 years, we stayed in touch via Facebook. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

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  10. I remember Susan wheeling down the halls in high school! She always had a smile on her face, having a large impact on me! There were so many friends around her. God’s true gift to all who knew her!

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  11. I knew Susan and her family for years because we both were members at Derita Baptist Church. She was always a special person with a smile, a good word,and always her laugh. We competed in many Bible Drills. It was no surprise that she was a joy to be around since her parents and brother were the same way. Her love for Christ always shined through her. Later we worked together at Duke Power. I have always had fond memories of her and will miss her. Prayers for her family.

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  12. I knew Susan and her family for years because we both were members at Derita Baptist Church. She was always a special person with a smile, a good word,and always her laugh. We competed in many Bible Drills. It was no surprise that she was a joy to be around since her parents and brother were the same way. Her love for Christ always shined through her eyes. Later we worked together at Duke Power. I have always had fond memories of her and will miss her. Prayers for her family.

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