Spence, Susan Durham
June 11, 1935 – August 3, 2021
Susan Durham Spence, 86, previously of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of August 3, 2021, in Dahlonega, Georgia. Born June 11, 1935, in Florence, South Carolina, Sue was raised in Winston-Salem, the daughter of the late James Robert Durham, Sr., and Fay Mundy Durham. After graduating from Reynolds High School, she graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Psychology. She completed her M.Ed. in Speech Pathology at the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Psychology at Heed University. Among her professional accomplishments, she was head of the Speech & Language Center at the Medicenter in Winston-Salem in the early 1970s until the Medicenter was sold. Later, she operated the Durham-Mundy Speech Clinic in Norfolk, Virginia. Her favorite position, however, was working as a speech and reading teacher at The Leary School in Alexandria, Virginia, where she worked more than a decade until the school closed when she was 75. After retirement, she moved to Georgia to be near her younger daughter, Dianna. As long as she was able, Sue was active at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Dahlonega, and she volunteered teaching English to immigrants applying for citizenship. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Ronald Kenneth Spence, and all her siblings, William Durham, James Robert Durham, Jr., and Jeannene Durham Evans, and by her niece, Leigh Durham Jarvis. She is survived by her two daughters, Dianna J. Spence (Peter Weissman) of Dawsonville, Georgia, and Fay F. Spence (Kathy McCauley) of Salem, Virginia, and three granddaughters, Amy Kathryn Xiaoli Spence, Alison Jiangzhi Spence, and Anna Madison Minxia Spence, all of Roanoke/Salem, Virginia. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Idell Durham Clithero, Mignon Durham, Cliff Durham, Warren Durham, Katie Durham, Charles Knight, David Knight, and Phyllis Lang, and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Dahlonega, Georgia, on August 21, 2021.
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