Susan Marie Wedow
Susan or Suzanne, as she was known by her friends, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on October 6 after a year- long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She is predeceased by her twin sister, Sandra Wedow; mother, Jeanne Wedow; and father, Warren Wedow.
She is survived by her sister, Wendy Palmer of Santa Barbara; nieces , Jessica Owen of Ft Myers FL, April Castillo of Melbourne, FL; and nephew, Forest Palmer of Melbourne, FL; and 5 grand nieces and nephews – James, Vitali, Sydney, Owen and Violet.
Susan received her doctorate degree in Sociology and with this degree she taught at Mills College and Stony Brook University in New York. Susan worked as an editor for Harcourt and Brace publishing company in New York City before returning to California. She lived in the coastal community of Cardiff by the Sea and later Santa Monica, working at Palomar Hospital and Santa Monica Hospital, respectively. Susan later applied her skills to Development and Grant writing in Santa Barbara, at such non-profits as The Santa Barbara Food Bank, Planned Parenthood, the Fielding Institute, The Braille institute for the Blind, and SBCC.
She settled permanently in Santa Barbara in 2001, where her gentle spirit and insatiable appetite for knowledge, culture and the Arts flourished. She dedicated her career to helping others, and continued to study, read and enjoy her life here. Susan cultivated many friendships throughout her life and travels.
After reading and studying many religions, she enjoyed the spiritual philosophy and love of the Unity Church family.
Many thanks to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for care and guidance during Susan’s illness. We are forever grateful to them for their care and compassion.
Susan will be buried at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery in Chatsworth, CA next to her twin sister, Sandy.
Her memorial and celebration of life will be held Saturday Dec. 9th at 1:00 pm at the Unity Church, located at 227 E Arrellaga Street in Santa Barbara. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.