OBITUARY

Sue Noakes

May 28, 1939October 25, 2013

Sue Kirby Noakes died October 25, 2013, of complications of rheumatoid arthritis. She was born in Portales, New Mexico, May 28, 1939, daughter of James Ennis Kirby and Sallie Gilbreath Kirby. She was married for 52 years to Dr. John Edward Noakes, professor at the University of Georgia and Emeritus Director of the Center for Applied Isotope Studies. She was a member of University Woman’s Club and chair of the Book Review group for a number of years. She obtained a master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Georgia and was student and mentor for Education for Ministry for eight years at Emanuel Episcopal and St. Gregory the Great Episcopal where she was a member. She was a church musician for almost 50 years, starting when she was 14 at her home church in Hereford, Texas. She served for 12 years as organist at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal and served on the vestry and various other committees. Her most recent organ service was at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Madison, Georgia for 8 years. She had been a resident at The Pines in Davidson, North Carolina, for the past two and a half years. She is survived by her husband, John, and two children, Wendy Noakes Readling of Davidson, North Carolina, and William O’Neil (Bo) Noakes of Atlanta, Georgia, two grandchildren, Caleb and Erin Readling of Davidson, North Carolina, and three sisters: Dr. Karolyn Kirby Eisenstein of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Ann Kirby of Houston, Texas; and Rebecca Kirby, M.D., of Wichita, Kansas; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11am Wednesday, October 30th at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church with Rector Beth Long officiating. The family will receive guest at Bernstein from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Clarke County Public Library, 2025 Baxter St., Athens, GA, 30606. On line condolences may be made at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Susan Schumacher

July 27, 2014

We were very good friends when we were both young mothers; which, seems like yesterday. We communicated by phone a lot. I loved Sue so very much.

Kent Schneider

November 10, 2013

Although separated by geography for some 36 years, the Noakes' have never been far from my consciousness. I am very sorry for your loss of Sue, who I remember like it was yesterday helping paste stamps onto post cards we sent to colleges about a mobile lab. I wish peace, strength and understanding will stay with John, Bo and Wendy.

November 2, 2013

Dr. Noakes, Wendy and Bo,
Sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers are with you all during this time. You all were great neighbors growing up!

LTC(R) John and Mandy Mohor
Monroe, NC

Meg Gerdes

October 30, 2013

Wendy and family, I was sorry to learn of Sue's passing. She was a joy to care for and was so smart,witty, and sweet. She really had a way with words and was a great communicator. I will miss her and I know you do too. My thoughts and prayers are with you and thank you for letting me care for her. Deepest Sympathy, Meg Gerdes from Home Instead

Stephanie King

October 30, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

Lee Brooks

October 30, 2013

We are sorry for your loss and thinking and praying for you and your family during this time.

Lee and Cathy Brooks
130 Hancock Lane

Becky Auxier

October 29, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Becky Auxier

October 29, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

Darl Snyder

October 29, 2013

John: My condolences of your loss of Sue. Darl Snyder

October 29, 2013

John, Bo, Scott, and all of your extended family, I offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, aunt, sister, and all-around beautiful person. I'm glad I got to know her a little. Sincerely, Paula Moon