Susan Russell Badone
1948 - 2014, Santa Barbara
Susan was born the oldest of four children to aviation pioneers John and Nancy Russell. She was born in San Francisco, California on October 15, 1948. She traveled the world as a young child living in Asmara Eritrea, Africa; Beirut, Lebanon; and Honolulu, Hawaii before moving back to the Bay Area with her family where she spent her childhood in the small town of Diablo.
Susan attended San Ramon High School where she was head pom pom girl, homecoming princess, swam on the Diablo CC swim team and even had her own debut. She was very active in her community of Diablo & neighboring community of Danville.
Susan attended college at Cal Western in San Diego, Ca. where she met her future husband George Badone. Susan then moved to New York City where she was a flight attendant for TWA Airlines and flew primarily international flights for fourteen years. Being fluent in French, her favorite route was San Francisco to Paris.
They first moved to Santa Barbara in the late 1960’s and she knew from the first moment she arrived that she belonged in the stunning town of Santa Barbara forever. During their marriage, Susan gave birth to 3 beautiful daughters Elise, Alexandra and Genevieve. Her girls meant the world to her and they brought many years of love & happiness to her life.
Susan was someone who celebrated life and created a life she loved. She filled it with her greatest passions including… reading, writing, astrology, gardening, cooking, water coloring, foreign language, volunteering, the beach and traveling the world. She also loved a good mystery and had a mischievous sense of humor that could get anyone laughing. But the biggest joy in her life was being “Nana” to her four beautiful grandchildren.
Susan was preceded in death by her Sister Robyn Russell Plaisted. She is survived by her Daughters; Elise Clare Badone (Jorge Beaumont) of Carlsbad, CA., Alexandra Nancy Badone of San Francisco, CA. and Genevieve Badone Assili (Ali Assili) of Los Angeles, CA. Sister; Nancy Russell Ott. Brother; John H Russell Jr. Grandchildren; Gianna Clelia Beaumont, Nico Russell Beaumont, Dublin James Assili and Griffin Grey Assili. She is also survived by many special nieces & nephews.
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