By Nathan Barton
My very dear friend, mentor, and correspondent, Susan Callaway, has departed this mortal coil. She said her goodbyes to our readers and visitors almost a month ago, and survived her cancer longer than she thought, and perhaps, wished.
Updated on 23 July 2018.
Please accept my humble apologies for not posting this for so long.
We last heard from her on Monday the 16th, but still have not been able to get the details. Her last message indicated she was coming to the end, frustrated because the local government agencies were trying to get involved to “help” her.
My family and co-workers have been scattered across much of the Fifty States for the last two weeks, and were last able to visit her in person about three weeks ago. She was confident that she could deal with the end as she had with so much. I believe she did.
Based on her own experience as a hospice nurse and various other health care work, she chose not to use “modern” methods to fight, knowing the likelihood of failure and the great pain and tremendous problems associated with radiation, chemo, and more. She prepared and worked very hard to live by her principles to the very end.
I still think that her demise is untimely, at least from the point of view of those who knew her and who benefited from her wisdom and her way with words. All of this – and especially her love for liberty – are already missed and we will miss her more.
She held my family, even the newest members, in high esteem and with great love. (Elin, the newest, was born 29 May – Lady Susan delighted to have him (and his mother and older brother) visit him.)
She held many others – more than I can list at this time, especially her family of self-governors and lovers of liberty – in high regard and always with love. We already missed her as we lost frequent contact with her. The pain and debilitating effects, physical and mental, made it difficult for her to communicate. She’s depended on internet for some time, as phones became more and more useless to her.
One of her neighbors let our network know that she had passed away. We’ve received condolences from various people and appreciate them very much. Again, please accept my apologies for not posting earlier.
Please contact me via my direct, secure email (sdliberty-at-protonmail.com) if you want to get more information. And share losing her with us and others.
I will post more as available. Her best memorial is to continue the quest for liberty for all of us.
At this time, I’m not even going to try and write a tribute or obituary. Thank you for understanding. Please bear with us as we cope with this. And again, thank you for your condolences and support.