Susan Buzzett Clementson passed away on Saturday, Dec.30, 2017 in Landrum, South Carolina.
Born July 7, 1943 in Panama City, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and library science at Florida State University, where she worked in Strozier Library as a student. The Florida State Seminoles were a lifelong passion. Upon graduation, she moved to Orlando to work as a librarian at Pine Hills Elementary School.
After marrying she devoted herself to raising her family and numerous volunteer positions. The community benefited from her leadership with the Junior League of Orlando, where she helped to create the ADDitions program still in place today in Orange County Public Schools. She actively participated in the development of the Junior League cookbook Sunsational, using her family to test countless recipes. She was a devoted member and volunteer at First United Methodist Church.
After moving to Brevard, North Carolina in 1986, she headed the library at Rosman Middle and High School for nine years. A core part of her career at Rosman was the development of Senior Project, integrating students’ research, writing, and presentation skills with their topic of interest culminating in a presentation to a panel of experts and community audience. Her faith was central to her life and in Brevard she found a home at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church. The Brevard Wednesday Club provided lasting friendships.
A great joy in her life was returning to Apalachicola, and her childhood home. In Apalachicola she took excellent care of her mother and immersed herself in community projects. Apalachicola Margaret Key Library benefited from her leadership skills and lifelong devotion to education and literacy. In addition to fundraising and grant writing, she advocated for a new library location that allowed all children of Apalachicola and Franklin County to access its services. She delighted in working with schoolchildren as a substitute teacher.
She put her faith into action at Trinity Church, where among other things she served as senior warden. The church’s annual tour of homes was a particularly special effort as she combined her knowledge of Apalachicola history with her skills of outreach and engagement. Friends remember her opening her home for numerous parties, community functions, FSU football games, and dinners. Her support of the local economy was not lost on Apalachicola merchants.
Having grown up at the beach, she relished sharing her beloved family house at Indian Pass with her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Daily walks and work in the garden were a cherished part of her Apalachicola life. Along the way she renovated her childhood home overlooking the bay, a project that brought enormous satisfaction as she welcomed a steady stream of family and friends.
She was a part-time resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina in the last two years of her life. There she embraced and was embraced by the Episcopal Church of the Advent and First Presbyterian Church. She found great joy in daily interactions with her grandchildren – teaching them to read, hearing them read to her, outings to The Nutcracker, writing stories.
She is survived by her sister, Lee Smith, Ochlocknee, Georgia; five children, David (Linda,) Beverly, Massachusetts; John Jr., Orlando; Betsy, New Orleans, Louisiana; Will (Lexi) Charlotte, North Carolina; and Charles (Blair) Spartanburg, South Carolina, and three grandchildren, Abigail, Charlotte, and Charles Jr.
Funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. Subsequently, a service of remembrance will be held in Brevard, North Carolina, at a date, time, and location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Susan’s name to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 667, Apalachicola, FL 32320-0667.