Susan (Su) Lynn Jusell-Lappin, 65, of Greensboro, MD, passed away on Sunday, June 06, 2021 at the Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, MD, peacefully with her family in attendance. Su, a lifelong nonsmoker, was diagnosed with Stage Four Metastatic Lung Cancer out of the blue in March 2019. An 11 am memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26th at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church located at 100 S. Fifth Ave. in Denton, MD, officiated by long term friend Rev. Virginia Teitt from Marysville, OH.
Su was born on March 18, 1956 in Frankfurt, Germany to the late Ralph Herbert Jusell (who was stationed in Germany working for the C.I.A.) and the late Anne Marie Jusell, a nurse, both of Akron, OH. She grew up in Vienna, Virginia and graduated from James Madison High School in 1973. She went on to Radford College in Virginia, then transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University so she could be closer to her high school sweetheart and future husband. She graduated in 1976 from VCU with high honors and a double major in Sociology/Anthropology, and Psychology in three years. She attended the University of Baltimore and got her Master’s Degree in Social Work, graduating in 1978. She always loved nature and wanted to live in the country and accepted a job in rural Pennsylvania. She worked for the North Penn Comprehensive Health Care Corporation, and then with the Clinton/Lycoming Area Office on Aging where she worked in adult care protective services. During that time, she and Rob lived on a dairy farm where he milked cows. On weekends, Su helped with the feeding and the business end of the cows. She loved the country life. She learned how to spin wool at that time. Robinson Lynn Lappin was accepted into George Washington University Medical School so they returned to Northern Virginia where Su worked at Sibley Hospital as a Medical Social Worker. They married June 21, 1980 and had two sons. After Rob’s internship and residency in Family Practice, they moved to Rural Greensboro, MD. Su loved her life and friends in Caroline County. She had many friends of more than 30 years who are still living. Rob worked for Choptank Community Health Services in Goldsboro, paying back 3 years of medical school by working in a Physician shortage area. He then set up a private practice with Dr. Andrea Allen and Dr. Jim Sides. Su and Rob divorced in 1996 and Rob died in 2005.
Surviving Su are her two sons: Jonathan and wife Laura, and their three sons, Greyson, Colton, and Boden. They make their home in Southern Shores, NC. David Lappin and wife Christina live in Westminster, MD. Also surviving is her sister Joane Hoover and her husband Dna and their daughter Ari and her daughter Juniper. Her brother Robert Jusell and his wife, Susan and their three children and families: Christopher, Ian, and Alex and his wife Clara. Her sister Barbara Gamble and brother-in-law Tim, and their five children and families: Nathan and wife Madison and son Sutton and daughter Maris, Brittany, Caroline, Katelin and husband Will Sheller, and niece Hannah. Her sister Jenny and fiancé Ralph. Also surviving is her cousin Lina Jusell.
Su’s two sons are her proudest accomplishments in life and have brought her tremendous joy. Su was a mom at home for 8 years – tackling her most rewarding and challenging job – where she was involved in various playgroups, Tiger Cubs, coached T-Ball and Minor League baseball, and took the boys and their friends on numerous day trips. She volunteered in various places, including Greensboro Elementary School, Caroline County Hospice and wrote and mailed the Heartland Quilt Guide newsletter for several years. Su was an avid crafter and quilter and delighted in figuring out patterns of already made items so she could make them herself. She loved making bibs and blankets for pregnant friends to welcome their babies into the world. She worked as a substitute teacher so she could have flexibility with her family. After both boys were in school, she returned to work part time at Easton Memorial Hospital where she worked until 2000. She was an Adjunct Faculty Member for the University of Maryland during that time, supervising a social work student at the hospital. She then worked at Greensboro Elementary School as a Mental Health Therapist for 18 years, retiring in 2018. She continued volunteering a day a week at GES helping the teachers and copying, laminating, organizing, sorting, etc. to give them more time with their families and in the classroom with their students. She was later a member of the Heartland Quilt Guild of Denton, MD, Bayside Quilters of Easton, MD, and the Town and Country Club of Greensboro.
After Covid hit in March 2019 she made masks for free. From November 2020 through March 2021 Su spent most of her time in the hospital; first getting a stent in her lung, then when the cancer started spreading to her hip, having a hip replacement, chemo, and radiation. She transferred to a rehab center January 21 to March 8. She learned that the cancer spread quickly making holes in both hips in a short time and returned home on Hospice. Both of her sons were devoted caregivers during this time.
Instead of flowers, Su strongly urged her friends to make memorial donations to Caroline County Public Schools c/o Greensboro Elementary School, 625 N. Main Street, Greensboro, MD 21639.
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Caroline County Public Schools c/o Greensboro Elementary School
625 North Main Street, Greensboro MD 21639