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Stella Rich

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A Vibrant American Life: Stella Susan Edgerton Rich, December 30, 1922 – August 18, 2014 Stella Susan Edgerton Rich, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, community leader, and World War II veteran, died peacefully in her sleep in her home on the morning of August 18, 2014. Susan was born in Coushatta, Louisiana and earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State Normal College in 1943. When war broke out, she enlisted as a WAVE in the US Navy and was assigned to a post in New York City. She recalled the night fire watches, which required her to call out hourly, in her gentle Southern drawl in the cold heart of New...
A Vibrant American Life: Stella Susan Edgerton Rich, December 30, 1922 – August 18, 2014
Stella Susan Edgerton Rich, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, community leader, and World War II veteran, died peacefully in her sleep in her home on the morning of August 18, 2014.
Susan was born in Coushatta, Louisiana and earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State Normal College in 1943. When war broke out, she enlisted as a WAVE in the US Navy and was assigned to a post in New York City. She recalled the night fire watches, which required her to call out hourly, in her gentle Southern drawl in the cold heart of New York, the hour and the words, "Fi-ah watch, ahhll secu-ah."
After the war, Susan took a job in Baton Rouge where she met and married another Navy veteran, Albert V. Rich. Albert and Susan raised four children and Susan returned to teaching while continuing her own education and earning a master's degree in education in 1970 from her alma mater.
They settled in Monroe, Louisiana where Susan took over the Monroe Symphony League's annual fund-raising book fair, re-organizing it from a small local book sale to a major fundraiser drawing people from all over the country, all while continuing to drive long distances to teach elementary school children in rural areas.
After retirement the couple relocated to the Atlanta region where they eventually settled into the Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett assisted living complex. There Susan took charge again, rearranging and organizing a room for community use for reading and other entertainment, notably jigsaw puzzles. She also became a regular member of the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville.
Susan's faith and her determination carried her into the last days of life, when, the day before her death, she demanded that hospital physicians release her into hospice care so she could return to her Delmar apartment and prepare to go to her eternal Home. At Delmar, she spent her last evening surrounded by family in joyous conversation with one another-just as she had wanted.
In addition to her four children, Tracy, Guy, Timothy, and Martha, Susan is survived by three great-grandchildren, Ryan Vaart, Braden Krauss and Kooper Woodham, four grandchildren, Caroline and Catherine Lobelle-Rich, Mary Krauss, and Rachel Woodham; her son-in-law Andres Vaart (Tracy), and her daughters-in-law, Patricia Lobelle-Rich (Guy) and Cheryl (Timothy). She was predeceased by her husband, her son-in-law Timothy Watson (Martha), and her siblings, Eunice Adams and Clarence Eugene Edgerton III.
Arrangements under the direction of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service, Lilburn, GA.

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