Susan M. Derringer
29 February, 1928 – 13 October, 2020
Susan Margaret (Findley) Derringer, 92, of Winter Garden, Florida passed away on October 13, 2020.
She was born a leap-year baby on February 29, 1928 in Maxeys, Georgia, a small town near Athens, to the late James & Clara (Noel) Findley. After high school, she was employed by Sears Roebuck in Atlanta as Pricing Clerk, before being promoted to Record Clerk in the Purchasing Department for Catalogs and and SE States. She attended training schools and did volunteer work as a Red Cross Nurse’s Aide at Grady Hospital in the evenings.
She married Ken, a Group Engineer at Martin Marietta, on November 27, 1958. They originally lived in Titusville, Florida, moved to Orlando, then finally to Windermere. Sue and Ken were married 32 years and enjoyed many hobbies as husband and wife including bowling, golf, fishing, spectator sports, gardening, traveling & trying new restaurants.
She was employed by Orange County Public Schools from 1971-1986 at Boone High School where she began as a Library Clerk before progressing to Guidance Secretary. From there she transferred to the Exceptional Education Department as Administrative Support Secretary to the Program Director of FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources).
In 1994, Susan was named Woman of the Year by the Orlando Area Council of Beta Sigma Phi. A member for 37 years, she held the offices of Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer, as well as serving as Program Chairman, Social Chairman and Sunshine Chairman. They praised: “Our sweet, quiet, Woman of the Year has brought sunshine into our lives – but watch out for that razor sharp wit.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Derringer whom she lovingly cared for prior to his passing in 1990; parents, James & Clara Findley; and siblings, James Robert Findley Jr., Virginia Miller, John William Findley Sr., Eudora Findley, Elizabeth Kluge, and Patricia Sower.
Sue is survived by her brother, Charles Findley (Winnie); step-daughter, Audrey Clattenburg (Bernie); two grandchildren, Lori and her husband John Chenoweth and Scott Clattenburg and his wife Sabrina; five great grandchildren, Scott, Jr., Lindsay, Laurel, Heather and Matthew; as well as four great, great grandchildren; along with many adoring nieces and nephews.
Ms. Derringer will be laid to Rest with her husband at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Florida on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:00am -- All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation in her name to the Red Cross or the Orlando Area Council of Beta Sigma Phi.
Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com
Thursday, 22 October , 2020
Susan M. Derringer
28 October 2020
I loved Ms. Sue and her sister Pat when I worked at Golden Pond. I enjoyed the Sower's visits as they always made sure Susan had what she needed when she moved to memory care. I'm sorry for the families loss as I know Sue is finally with her husband again but wanted to send the family my condolences. She will be missed!
26 October 2020
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sisters of Preceptor Theta Nu
Heather De Young
22 October 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Your sisters in Beta Sigma Phi
Alpha Delta Rho Chapter in Clermont Florida
21 October 2020
On behalf of the American Red Cross of Central Florida, we collectively honor the life and legacy of Mrs. Susan M. Derringer, a Red Cross volunteer and Nurse's Aide. We honor her service. To her family and friends, you are in our hearts and prayers.
"I believe in the ideals of democracy and the concept of universal brotherhood. I acknowledge no barriers of country, race, class, or creed. I believe that service to others is the obligation of mankind, that every right I claim imposes a responsibility and every possession implies duty. To bring comfort to those who are in trouble, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve life is my mission. Wherever disaster calls there, I shall go. I ask not for whom, but only where I am needed." - Red Cross Nurses Creed
20 October 2020
I, often times, think of Sue. I even went to Golden Pond to visit, took a picture and thought I would send it to whomever, in her family, that might enjoy it. The facility was not in a position to give out names of 'guardians' etc.
I have many fond memories of Sue and Ken from the Windermere Union Church. I always admired Sue and her ability, at even advanced age, to stay vibrant by going to Aerobics classes at the local Community College, joining the voting crew at the local voting precinct and staying very active in her yard. I went to visit her at the house and often times found her 'picking weeds'. I knew things were becoming too much for her as her paperwork was piling up on her.
After my Mother in Law passed away and my Father in law was 'down', Sue was a good friend to Harold. They had met each other through the Zonnevilles. We, as a family, really appreciated her friendship. It seemed to keep Harold's mind off his sorrow.
Please know that we are deeply saddened by your loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of you. If there is anything that we can do for you / family, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us.
Truly, Karen and Jerry Fay
20 October 2020
Prayers go out to her family as they are going through this difficult time . She is now in the hands of God and resting in peace
What a sweetheart of a person Sue was. She would bring my mother-in-law Mildred Grice the bulletin from the church every Sunday, (as she was unable to attend any more) and they would sit and talk for a long time. She will be missed. ❤️