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Susan Wolfe Pannell

Date of Death: May 21, 2019
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Burnt Factory United Methodist Church
1943 Jordan Springs Road
Stephenson, VA 22656
Saturday 5/25, 2:00 pm

Memorial contributions may be made to:
International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
19 West Cork Street
Winchester, Virginia 22601

Susan Wolfe Pannell, 61, of Winchester, Virginia passed away on May 21, 2019, at Winchester Medical Center. Susan was born on June 11, 1957 in Tryon, North Carolina to Cletus Claude and Janet (Simpson) Wolfe. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1979, and a Master of Education degreeContinue Reading

A.Y.S. left a message on May 28, 2019:
Susan was an enthusiastic, vibrant and inspiring woman of faith A blessing to all who knew her. My sincere and deepest sympathies to her family.
Geo Derick Giordano left a message on May 26, 2019:
Loving Susan was Easy. Many of us were inspired & delighted by her positive outlook, her fortitude and fierce determination, her loving and compassionate heart, her fight for justice and truth, her simple beauty, and her unwavering gratitude for everything and every one. Anyone who knew her received her blessing. Thank you for caring for and sharing her these many years.
CJ and SG left a message on May 26, 2019:
So sorry for your family’s loss. . Think of the good memories. Susan was an encouragement to all, and she helped many children. The Bible talks about a resurrection in the book of John 5:28,29 and also says one day, there will be no more sicknesses in the book of Isaiah 33:24. It will be so wonderful to live forever in a paradise earth in Psalms 37. What must we do to live forever? Please read in your Bible book of John 17:3. May the God of comfort Jehovah help your family through this, Psalms 83:18.
Missy Triplett left a message on May 26, 2019:
Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. I was blessed to have met Mrs Pannell in 2010 and always looked forward to seeing or talking with her at my office. Rest In Peace Mrs Pannell. I will think of you often.
Teresa Cripe left a message on May 26, 2019:
I meet Susan & Barney about 2012 when I worked for Ministering Angels. I worked with her a fre times when her regular caregiver was off. I had real dark brown hair & I worked about time you had some trees in your backyard that you thought might be a danger to the house. I enjoyed working with you & knowing you both.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Chelsea Singleton Hillyard left a message on May 26, 2019:
Susan was one of the greatest women I have had the pleasure of knowing and caring for. Our years together meant so much me, I’ll always cherish our days searching for the perfect sun spot or decorating the house for every season and holiday. Every run I go on I think of her and even more so will I now. She was a beautiful person inside and out She will be deeply missed
Sam Arnold left a message on May 25, 2019:
The memories I shared with Susan I will always cherish. She was a kind, and genuine soul with a heart of gold. I’m so happy I got to meet her and her family, who I give my condolences. Susan taught me so many things and each day with her was such a blessing and so much fun. She always had a smile on her face :) Susan was and always will be so special and such a dear friend to me. I love and miss you ? -love Sam
norma left a message on May 25, 2019:
I honor and celebrate the beauty and light of our Susan. A soul of love, generosity, courage, strength and vulnerability, grace and inspiration, open heart and caring, creativity and intelligence, faith and spiritual depth : I am privileged and humbled to know her. She is a gentle mighty force who made the choice - sometimes many times a day - for love, laughter, life. Perhaps that is the greatest, but by no means the only, lesson and gift she gave us through her demonstration. I believe Heaven's gardens will be blooming even more gloriously. Thank you my friend for blooming in our lives.
Chelsea Singleton Hillyard left a message on May 25, 2019:
Susan was the most remarkable woman I have ever had the pleasure meeting an caring for. She became a special friend over the years I got spend with her. I will forever cherish our days spent searching for the brightest sun spots, decorating for the holidays and our long talks. She always listened without judgement and cared for all of her caregivers deeply. I know she is finally waking and happy looking over us.
Scott Dolly left a message on May 25, 2019:
Susan was an absolute inspiration to be around and it was always a pleasure to work with her. Her drive to keep trying and unbreakable spirit was something amazing to witness. She always told me I could share her story with other clients and patients if it would help them gain some perspective or serve to inspire them. Which it always did! I will continue to share Susan's story and even though she isn't with us anymore, she will serve as an inspiration for many more years to come.
David abd Gwen Duvall left a message on May 25, 2019:
We knew Susan from our visits from Florida. She was a wonderful friend to our sisters Diann and Doris. What an example Susan was for our Lord, and she is made whole again and walking the Streets of Gold with our Lord and Saviour. Her life was an inspiration to many. May our Lord encompass Barney and her family in a very special way AND, we can't forget her dog, who will also miss her.
norma left a message on May 25, 2019:
I honor and celebrate the beauty and light of our Susan. A soul of love, courage, generosity, strength and vulnerability, grace and inspiration, open heart and caring, creativity and intellect, faith and spiritual depth. I am privileged and humbled to know her. She is a gentle mighty force who daily, and many times repeatedly in a day, made the choice for love, laughter and life. That may be the largest lesson, by no means the only, she taught me by demonstration : the power of our choices in any circumstance. I believe Heaven's gardens are blooming even more gloriously. Thank you my friend for blooming in our lives
Anna Pannell left a message on May 25, 2019:
Words can’t describe how much Susan meant to me! She was a joy to not only me but to so many! I was blessed to have her as my mother in law! She was a wonderful step mother to my husband Aaron Pannell! I will miss her sweet smile and how she lit up a room! You are loved Susan till we meet again! Love you
Dave & Marcia Darsie left a message on May 25, 2019:
What a great lady! Learning her story with her man Barney, described as the happiest couple on Earth. We never got as close as we would have liked, sadly time ran out. BUT OH what good times we had. Working the yard those Spring days was a joy. A few great dinners out. Bible study in her home was the most special and the best part of that was just sitting together in the kitchen and telling our stories of the day. We were so blessed to know Susan . On a side note having Susan ask me to work with her roses was an honor, I hope Mr. Lincoln does her proud.
Sam Arnold left a message on May 25, 2019:
The memories I have with Susan I will always cherish. I am so happy I got to meet her and her family, who I give my condolences. She was a kind, and genuine soul with a heart of gold. She always had a smile on her face when I saw her :) Susan taught me so many things and the days I spent with her were so much fun! She was and always will be so special and a dear friend to me. I love and miss you ? -love Sam
Mike and Polly Damron left a message on May 25, 2019:
Susan was a special person. Few of us are as strong-willed enough and faithful enough to handle what life dealt Susan, and Barney. Mike and I met Susan and Barney after her injury and were in awe of her spirit and determination. I will always remember her great sense of humor, we shared a similar sarcastic wit, which came out when we were together. She knew that if you were still able to laugh, then there was still a reason to live. I remember discussing that with her over lunch one day. She always amazed me by how busy she kept herself! She was always on the go, always going places, always exhausting her aides! Susan was blessed to have a husband like Barney. Very few men stay with their wives after such an accident, and that’s a fact. So, Barney, rest now, and know that she is enjoying her perfection now.
Kathryn Weill Rogers left a message on May 24, 2019:
I had the privilege of knowing Susan for 7 years. She continually inspired me with her courage and strength. One of my favorite memories of Susan was when I attended one of her speaking engagements. It was at Handley High School and she was speaking to the high school student athletes. As Susan passionately shared her story, the students (and me) were hanging on to each and every word she spoke. It was obvious she made an impact in their lives. Susan definitely made an impact in my life. She was one of the most strongest, courageous and inspirational woman I ever met.
Andrea Donald left a message on May 24, 2019:
I am forever grateful for getting the chance to have known Susan for as long as I have. We shared a love for animals I had the pleasure of taking care of her dogs for several years, forming a closeness with them as well. Susan was always wanting the best for me and my family, always taking the time to check in with me and my life updates. Susan will be deeply missed by my family, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Missy Wolff-Burke left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan’s contributions to the education of Shenandoah University Physical Therapy were numerous. She was a gifted educator. She spoke of empathy and the need to see the individuality of every person. She encouraged the PT students to work WITH each person and be mindful of the impact, for better or worse, a health professional has on his/her patients. She was an upbeat and beautiful gift me and our students, and she will be missed.
Doris Duvall left a message on May 24, 2019:
I've never known anyone that had such a deep faith and wonderful spirit as Susan had. Her quiet presence and deep commitment to our Bible Study group taught so much without saying a word. I will always remember Susan and her love of flowers. I picture her now walking free of pain and rejoicing with her Lord and Saviour.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Craig & Sharon Lewis left a message on May 24, 2019:
We grieve with you but 100% believe she is waiting for us and enjoying being out of her wheelchair, walking the streets of gold with her Savior. What a blessed thought! We love you Barney, Laura and Katie. Thank you for being great neighbors for 12 year on Old Forest Circle. Craig & Sharon Lewis
Kim Baker left a message on May 24, 2019:
I met Susan about 2 years ago. I was filling in for one of her caregivers who was on maternity leave. Tho I had only known her a short time, she made quite the impression on me. She was one of the kindest, most gracious humans I’ve ever had the honor of knowing! We would talk all day, sharing stories of our life experiences, laughing and crying together. I loved her sense of humor! Her ability to laugh even when things in our day got hectic or crazy. Like the time we got her chair stuck in the van. The release strap broke and we couldn’t loosen it! We looked at each other, “what are we going to do?!” I ended up driving to some random auto garage and this mechanic came out and saved the day! We were so relieved! After it was all said and done, we just laughed! It was an honor to know you Susan! You were an amazing woman, and friend! I will miss you dearly! My condolences to all the family! Xx
Diann Duvall left a message on May 24, 2019:
How blessed we are to have had our lives touched by our precious friend, Susan. Despite pain and discomfort, she always had that radiant smile-so loving and so reassuring. Her deep faith and assurance of eternal life was a light to so many. Her determination inspired others to put their trust in God and never give up. She was always genuinely interested others, always concerned about their lives and wellbeing. I remember well one of our first conversations about her flowers and yard. Her face had a brilliant smile as she recounted her love of flowers, especially roses, and the joy of getting her hands in the soil. The smile faded as she acknowledged her sense of loss at not being able to tend her beloved gardens. But as we discussed plans for doing ‘the work for her, she brightened up and laid out her plans for us. Once a gardener, always a gardener. As I see her now, a free spirit, without pain and praising our heavenly father, we must rejoice in her heavenly homecoming. Although I shall miss her earthly presence, reassurance, love, joy and inspiring example, I feel so blessed to have called her friend. May God wrap his loving arms around her family and fill that great sense of loss with precious memories.
Jess Fortin left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan made life moments so special. I remember many of our deep talks about the meaning of life, enjoying the precious (and exhausting) moments of raising children, how to dream big and to laugh at yourself. Susan and I enjoyed many moments of laughing the kind of laughter that made you incapable of speaking and left you feeling like you may have peed your pants a little. One day, Susan was out and about looking for the perfect place to relax in the sun (I always loved how the littles things in life were so important to her). She was “off-roading” in her chair and got stuck in some mud. She called me over to help her get here I am pushing and she is trying to drive the chair forward and at some point we both just start laughing uncontrollably. Susan made me laugh, think, and dream on a daily basis. However, the best gift she ever gave me was the ability to laugh at my mistakes and to see the good in myself. She gave me an appreciation for life while she was living and especially now that she is gone. You will forever be remembered and missed Susan.
Heaven Elliott left a message on May 24, 2019:
The greatest of memories I had with you sweet lady, there are too many I'd be writing a book. Our time we spent together I'll cherish for the rest of my life. You had a beautiful soul and you are so special to me. You seen no color in anything, you up lifted anything and everyone around you. You touched so many people with positive spirit, you are an inspiration! I loved you more than you'll ever know, you brought me so much laughter and I learned so much from you. Everyday talking to you openly and asking questions you had an answer I was learning and thank you for all that you taught me in this time together. I will never forget the times we had you were a huge blessing to my life and I'd do anything to have you back just one more time. I love you Susan with my whole heart and I can't wait to see you again with that bright and beautiful smile on your face walking towards me. You are already so missed by me and always will be. - Love Heaven ❤
Marie Glidewell left a message on May 24, 2019:
Barney, I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. I will be praying for you and your family. Stay strong
Aaron Pannell left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan Pannell you where a beacon of light to this world. Thanks for teaching me alot about life. I will always remember your hugs because when you would give hugs it felt like the world would stop. I will miss your laughter and you will be missed. I remember the first time I met you and how you lite up the room with your beauty and love . Thanks for all the other memories I have of you. Thanks for always being there when I needed someone to talk to and thank for being the best step mother. I love you so much.
Megan Pannell Cockrell left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan was a courageous fighter, lover of Jesus, and an amazing grandmother to my children. Words can’t express what all we will be missing in her absence.
Craig & Sharon Lewis left a message on May 24, 2019:
Oh how the Lewis Family enjoyed living next to you Susan in Stonebrook for 12 years. We will never forget the love and encouragement you gave to our Chelsea, Sean and Cierra. We really appreciated all the odd jobs of dog sitting, grass mowing, leaf raking, snow removal after Charlie died and after her accident. Her kindness will never be forgot. She was a very dear spunky lady. Had the most beautiful smile and filled with happy laughter. So thankful God allowed our paths to cross on Old Forest Circle. Until we meet again over on the other shore, we treasure the years and moments God gave us together being neighbors. We love you Barney, Laura and Katie and will be praying as you begin your grieving. May our God comfort you during these days to come.
Jennifer Masters left a message on May 24, 2019:
I’m shocked and beyond saddened by the news of Susan’s passing. I was her caregiver and friend. Our time together will always be treasured by me. Each day working with her was an adventure rather we were just running errands or reading to the school kids. She loved flowers and we would pick them out for her spring flower boxes. It was something she really enjoyed. Her smile and positive outlook were always contagious. Despite her disability she always had words of encouragement for me. We laughed a lot. The last words she spoke to me were “See you next time kiddo”. I didn’t realize there wouldn’t be a next time at least not in this life but I know one day I will see her again. She was a blessing in my life as much as she said I was in hers. My deepest sympathies to her husband Barney and her children.
Barbara Hineline left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan was a beacon of light & love, a pillar of strength & faith.
Matt Burkhart left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan has and is still an inspiration to me. Over the past several years that I have worked for Susan. We became friends Susan was always so appreciative. My favorite memory of her. Is how she would mail me the sweetest most sincere thank you letters. I really don’t have the words to say how beautiful of a person Susan was. I do however have the letters to remind me. Thank you Susan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you journey home. Burkey
Karen left a message on May 24, 2019:
I was googling Susan's name to get a street address and surprisingly a Rich Reifsnyder sermon popped up with a reference to her. It was from a sermon almost exactly six years ago... it is a good thing to remember Susan by.... It was Trinity Sunday May 26, 2013 and this is the excerpt... “​In this progression of grace filled qualities, character produces hope, and hope Paul tells us, does not disappoint us. We can't live without hope. Hope is one of those elusive words, but is a crucial biblical word. It is different than wishful thinking. Our wishful thinking can disappoint, may issue is no effort or action. It is different than fantasy, fantasies disappoint, don't pan out. It is different than cock-eyed optimism, for not every optimistic attitude works out. Hope is grounded in steady eyed realism, but even more importantly, grounded in the confidence that God is ultimately in charge, and in the long run God will prevail. ​ Some of you know Susan Horton Pannell who was Weekday School Director at the church for several years. A fantastic teacher, vibrant, enthusiastical. She has had to deal with a lot in her life. Her husband of many years, Charlie died of cancer. And after a few years, the joy of a new relationship entered her life and she remarried. Six weeks after her wedding, she was in a bicycle accident, and was severely paralyzed. She has been in a wheelchair ever since, while working diligently, for the past three years, to regain some of her motor functions. It has been a rough go. Susan spoke to a meeting of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, newly reorganized at Handley under the leadership of a senior in our church, Alison Snow. I was invited to hear her remarkable Christian testimony. Several times, she said loud and clear—"one thing I will not allow to happen is for my hope to be taken from me. I won't let doctors say, this is all you'll ever be able to do, I won't let friends say, 'get used to it,' I won't let myself just settle for what already is. I'm not naïve, I'm not unrealistic, I'm not saying I can predict what might happen, but I have hope, because of my trust in Jesus Christ, with whom all things are possible." That is the perspective of one who understands the justified life, who has seen suffering produce endurance, and endurance character and character hope.... “
Ann Porter left a message on May 24, 2019:
Susan was a mentor to many in the educational field. I had the honor of being instructed by and a co-worker at First Presbyterian Weekday School. Our program would not be where it is today without her intuitive understanding of early education. I will always remember her quick witted nature and her contagious smile as she embraced the love for learning. May peace be with you, my friend. Ann Porter
Jillian Fisher left a message on May 23, 2019:
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss...our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. From Jillian & William Fisher & Family!
Debbie Miles left a message on May 22, 2019:
Susan was a shining light in the neighborhood and in the school system. How she persevered and remained positive through her spinal injury was a priceless example of fortitude for all of us. She was an early example for all the children she taught who loved her dearly. She was an advocate for empathy, kindness, imagination and excellence. We loved that she came to the 'Wonder' movie with her students to see the embodiment of the book that she introduced her readers to. Her loss can never be fully accounted with words. Thank you so much for sharing her with us and for supporting her in ways that allowed her light to shine for our children and all of us. Sincere condolences from the Miles family, all of us.
Jess Fortin left a message on May 22, 2019:
Susan touched my life in so many ways. Losing her feels unbearable. I know she is walking along side the Lord and I hope she knows how much she is missed and loved. She will forever be one of my dearest friends.
Theresa Hulver Gilbert left a message on May 21, 2019:
Barney and family, Susan had the most beautiful spirit. Her presence at church on Sunday mornings will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn her loss. Wilson & Theresa
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