SUSAN CUBBEDGE NEW passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at her home.
Born and raised in Aiken, Susan was the beloved daughter of Janet Epting and Ira Benjamin New, Jr. She spent most of her life in Aiken, graduating from Aiken High School in 1975. Susan pursued her passion for chemical engineering, graduating with honors from Clemson University in 1979, and later attended the Citadel seeking her master’s degree, earning the Tau Beta Pi designation. She embarked on a successful career, working for notable companies such as Dow Chemical in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Amoco in Charleston. In 1995, Susan returned to Aiken to contribute her engineering and computing expertise to the Defense Waste Processing Facility for Westinghouse at the Savannah River Site. She played a pivotal role in upgrading the computer systems.
Susan was honored to represent Aiken as Junior Miss. She loved all kinds of music, particularly classical, and was a frequent attendee of Spoleto and other concerts. She enjoyed watching the Three Tenors, opera, and musicals with her mother in the evenings. She was a talented singer, participating in both the Charleston and Aiken Choral Societies, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and active in the American Cancer Society. Susan traveled worldwide, abroad with her sisters and cruised many times with her friends. Above all, Susan was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She doted on her nieces and nephews and loved her cousins. She was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Susan is survived by her loving parents, Ben and Janet New of Aiken, and her sisters, Jeanne New Williamson (Tray) of Aiken, and Jan Sloan of Murrells Inlet, SC. She is also remembered fondly by her niece and nephews: Laura Young Johnson (Whit), Tyler Young (Sara), Conor Sloan, Jacob Sloan; great niece and nephews: Adeline, Whitman, and Beckett Johnson. Susan was preceded in death by her nephew, Ben Young, great-nephew, Jenkins Scott Young, and her brother-in-law, Paul Sloan.
After Susan survived a tragic and debilitating incident, Cora (CJ) Johnson played a significant role in her life. CJ, dearly loved by Susan and her family, remained by her side as a devoted caregiver and best friend for twenty years. The family would also like to express appreciation for the love and care shown to Susan and the family by Natasha West, Rhaja Abney, and Keja Bates.
A memorial service to celebrate Susan's life will be held on Thursday afternoon, January 18th, at 1 o’clock at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Following the service, the family will
receive friends at the church. Interment will take place at a later date in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial contributions be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Rd., Aiken, SC 29803.
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