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Susan Ellen Oswalt

October 18, 1954November 17, 2019

MCDONOUGH, GA: Susan E. (Vines) Oswalt, 65, died Sunday, November 17, 2019 after a brief, critical illness.

Susan was born in Ashland, Ohio on October 18, 1954, the daughter of the late James E. Vines and Janet L. (Fulk) Vines. She graduated from Ashland High School and North Central Technical College as a registered nurse and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. She retired in June as the Director of Women’s Services at Piedmont Henry Hospital after a 45-year career in nursing that included bedside nursing specializing in high-risk obstetrics, education positions with Lamaze International and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, and various leadership positions in hospital administration at medical centers in North Carolina, Delaware, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. She was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses), Georgia Association of Nurse Leaders, among other professional organizations and served on multiple boards and special committees throughout her career. Susan enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends, gracing all she met with a sparkling smile and sunny disposition.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Donald W. Oswalt, father, James E. Vines, sister, Ann L. (Vines) Owings, and brother, William E. Vines. She is survived by her children, Matthew David Oswalt of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elizabeth Anne (Oswalt) and Robert Zebrowski of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are her mother, Janet (Fulk) Vines of Vero Beach, FL; sister, Lynn (Vines) and Chris Coy of Vero Beach, FL and brother and sister in-laws David and Arlene Oswalt of Naples, FL, Bill Owings of Mansfield, OH, and Jane Vines of Ashland, OH. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, Sara Oswalt and Martijn Middelplaats, Bryan Owings, Ross and Kayla Owings, Tyson and Lorena Vines, Steve and Abby (Vines) Gray, Kyle Coolman, Max and Maggie Coy, Arin and Ashley Coy, and Fritz and Paige Coy; and great nieces and nephews, Kirin, Avery, Giuliana, Liam, Kipton, Scarlett, Olivia, Paisley, and Parker.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 23 at Wesley Way United Methodist Church (150 John Wesley Way, McDonough, GA). In lieu of flowers the family suggests celebrating Susan’s lifelong passion for the health of mothers and babies by making a contribution in her memory to your local March of Dimes chapter, or to AWHONN’s ‘Every Woman, Every Baby’ initiative which supports lifelong learning for nurses, research that leads to improving nursing practice and patient care, and education and activities that provide information and resources for women and their families. (awhonn.org or AWHONN/Every Woman, Every Baby 1800 M. St. NW, Suite 740 South, Washington, DC 20036).


  • Memorial Service - Wesley Way United Methodist Church Saturday, November 23, 2019


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Kim Plemmons

November 22, 2019

Susan was my office mate when I first began in nursing education. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor and friend! She also got me involved in MCONO. What a loss to the nursing community. She will be greatly missed.

Frances Marthone RN, PhD

November 22, 2019

Susan, a wonderful nurse we called the baby whisperer All babies in her presence felt safe and calm and would settle down immediately. She was a tremendous leader and loyal friend. You will be forever missed yet never forgotten. Rest in the loving arms of our Lord Susan. Love always Frances❤️🌹😞🙏🏽

Elizabeth anne Quedenfeld

November 22, 2019

So many memories and so much laughter from the younger years in Charlotte, NC. We shared so many pharmacy-nursing stories. There are memories of the children as babies, toddlers, going to school and birthdays over the years. My friend, you and Don both gone too young and too soon.
Thank you for your sunshine, smile, joy, and giving spirit. Heaven has gained an Angel.

Comaneka Sanders

November 22, 2019

Susan I will miss seeing your smile you always made sure the Women Service department was good. We we cherish the fun times and hold on to the memories.

Beth Mabrey

November 21, 2019

Oh, Susan will be missed by so many. Good memories of our working together.

Angela Ferguson

November 21, 2019

I loved Susan. She was a kind and loving spirit. Prayers and love for the family.

Mary Rachui

November 21, 2019

Susan and I worked closely together in AWHONN. It is so good to have colleagues you can share ideas and learn with while having fun. I was excited for her when she left for her new role in Delaware but sorry to see her go. My sympathies to the family.

Tammie Osgood

November 21, 2019

Susan was an awesome Director of Women’s Services. She was a mentor so many looked up to. She loved her job and was dedicated to providing the best for all patients. Susan is dearly missed but left behind a legacy. ❤️❤️❤️

Dabney Vigor

November 21, 2019

I hadn’t see Susan in many years, but have fond memories of her personality and her friendship. My deepest sympathies are extended to Elizabeth and Matt.

Jan Cook

November 21, 2019

Susan, My sweet friend your are surely missed. I will always remember your smile, your laugh, and all your funny stories! You were right at home with our silliness at work but you also were a great boss lady! Love, Jan.