March 17, 1952 – February 19, 2021
Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Fairbank Cheshire, age 68, of Madison, MS passed way Friday, February 19, 2021 at home with her family.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation that will be held Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 5-7pm at Parkway Funeral Home at 1161 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, MS. Rev. Jim Blaha will be giving a brief eulogy and prayer at 7pm.
Susan was born March 17, 1952, in Hattiesburg, MS to Robert “Bob” Fairbank and Dorothy “Dot” O’Neal Fairbank. Susan graduated from Hattiesburg High in 1970. She received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in 1974. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She served as President of the Panhellenic Counsel and was elected Student Alumni Secretary four consecutive years. She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978 and did her post-masters work at Louisiana State University in higher education. She worked for 30 years in the field of education in Louisiana and Mississippi serving as a teacher, program director, and child nutritionist. She was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Brandon, MS.
Susan had a beautiful singing voice that would brighten the day of those who were near. She enjoyed spending time with her prayer group, family, and friends. She always had a project going, mostly for her grandchild Sophie on whom she doted. She loved animals, especially her dachshund fur babies who will miss being extremely spoiled by her.
Susan was always available for a hug and some encouragement and prayer. Susan spent her whole life preparing for the final leg of her journey and she is now at home in the presence of God. Her life was a living example of how to live a life in love.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She will be sorely missed and survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Ed Cheshire; children: Edwin (wife Rivers) Cheshire and Chrissy Cheshire; grandchild: Sophie Cheshire; brothers: Bob (wife Honey) Fairbank and John (wife Sue) Fairbank; as well as many nieces, nephews, and family in love. All of whom she cared for deeply.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to her daughter’s nonprofit, Cheshire Abbey Animal Rescue, of which she was extremely proud. www.cheshireabbey.com
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 1, 2021
My heart breaks over the passing of precious Susan, whom I've known since childhood. Although we lost touch with each other in our adult years, I have so many fun, happy, special memories of her from elementary, junior high, and high school. She was truly one of the kindest, sweetest, most thoughtful, and genuinely good people I have ever been blessed to know; and I am positive that her presence in this world--especially that beautiful, radiant smile of hers--made it a better place. To her family that remains: You are all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. May God bless, keep, and comfort you.
February 25, 2021
I am blessed to have known her. We would coordinate our outfits when we did our District Test Coordinator meetings. Thank you for being a light.
February 24, 2021
Eddie and Elayne Anthony loved Susan like a sister. She was a kind hearted person. The four of us double dated and went to a Motown concert. Susan and I danced and clapped our hands. The guys just sat there. But I believed they had a good time watching us. Susan was so much fun to be with. We were both in education and both were Presbyterians. We will miss her but she will live on in her children and little granddaughter Sophie. Ed we are here for you in every way. Tony is a good listener and I'm an endless talker. Susan was a master at a lot of things but the best was her commitment to Christ and her church. We will all miss her but we will all see her on the other side.
February 24, 2021
Although I have not seen Susan for years, I have wonderful memories of her in high school and at USM. She was so thoughtful, smart, and caring. We also shared great Girl Scout camp-out adventures at the O'Neal's farm that was owned her aunt and uncle. May light perpetual shine on Susan.
February 24, 2021
Susan was a very special person in my life. As cousins we inherited a close bond; my mother being 13 years older than her mom; her mom being 13 years older than me; and my being 13 years older than Susan. Through the years, we enjoyed being together when possible. Susan was even more beautiful on the inside than on the outside—very kind, loving, and filled with God’s love. I always felt uplifted after being with her. Susan, I will miss you , and we will together again someday.
February 23, 2021
Susan was my beautiful cousin! We spent hours together when, as children, we would spend weeks at each other’s houses (along with Bobby. Sorry Jon, you were too young!) in the summer. I have too many great memories to list but I will say that Susan was an Awesome Christian woman who loved God and family more than anything. Her reward in Heaven will be Great!!!