Susan Miller Whitledge

When I left George Mason to attend the University of Kentucky, I planned to be a teacher.  I married instead of graduating and taught for a year and realized I wasn’t cut out to be a teacher, which left me with no idea how to finish my education.  I raised my three children and began writing for the local newspaper – the job for which I was paid the least and enjoyed the most.

I worked for General Electric for nearly 20 years in Kentucky and North Carolina, mostly as a buyer and material planner, and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.

After 9/11 I was in Charlotte and most of my family was in the D.C. area.  I retired from GE, took a job with Eaton Aerospace over in Beltsville, and moved in with my sister Ann in D.C., a lucky move.  In 2003 I was found to have a stage I lung cancer.  Ann is a natural nurturer and Georgetown Hospital is nearby so I was in good hands.  Six years later I am still cancer-free and counting my blessings daily.

My elder daughter, who has my four grandsons and her husband are teaching in coastal North Carolina and when Eaton moved production to Mexico I came to Newport.  I live five minutes from my grandchildren and 20 minutes from the beach.

Now I work part-time at Lowe’s, volunteer as a tutor at the elementary school, take care of my yard, ride my bike around town nearly every day for fun and exercise, and visit the beach year-round.  Life is very good.

Can you believe it will soon be fifty years since we left GM?  I am looking forward to our reunion in October, 2010, and hope to see you there.

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