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Sue Chapman

In Memory...

Susan Lanier Chapman, 57, passed away February 25, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Buffalo, New York, she moved to the Lowcountry in 1991 and discovered the joy of kayaking. Sue loved people and nature, and in 2000 she combined the two into her life's calling, Swamp Girls Kayak Tours. She never met a stranger and inspired everyone she met with her energy and enthusiasm. A visionary leader, teacher and mentor, she created an army of friends to accompany her on her many adventures. Sue was a tireless fundraiser for causes she held dear, including the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her mother Lucile in Roanoke, VA; her brother Steve, his wife Debra and her nieces Jennifer and Paige in Kingswood, Texas; her life partner, Linda Etchells of Hardeeville; and her many beloved Swamp Girls.

A Celebration of her life will be held on Sunday March 27, 2011, from Noon to 6 PM, at Sergeant Jasper Park in Hardeeville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
PO Box 3827
Bluffton, SC 29910
The Palmetto Animal League


Published in The Island Packet on March 1, 2011

Last Updated July 25, 2011