photo_092753_WT0023057_1_susanobitphoto_20140305A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. We now take comfort knowing that a luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed. In the presence and care of her family and friends, Susan L. (Bush-Brown) Sanford died at her home in Auburn on Monday, March 3, 2014. She was 54. Her life and death were lessons and gifts to family, friends and students.

Born February 16, 1960 in Worcester she is a daughter of Helen W. (Whittemore) Bush-Brown and the late Robert Bush-Brown. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury she graduated from Shrewsbury High School, class of 1978 and then earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Technology Education from Fitchburg State University.

Susan’s life vocation was teaching and working hard at improving the standards in education. She taught in the STEM Program (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and taught in the Worcester Public School System since 1998. She taught in Doherty, Burncoat and South High Schools and lastly at Elm Street School, where she took a leave of absence in Sept. 2013 due to illness. Sue was involved in various professional teaching programs: DSEE – Dept. of Education in Technology and Engineering in which she chaired the council, MCAS Assessment Development Committee, President of TEAM (Technology Education Association of MA, served on the Committee to revise Massachusetts Technical/Engineering Standards and was instrumental in rewriting the Teachers Test (MTEL) for Technology Engineering.

When not teaching, she loved field hockey and served as a referee in high school games for many years. Independent by nature Susan was self-taught in fields women didn’t delve into: woodworking was a passion and a home repair wasn’t anything more than a challenge. Susan’s passions were skiing, the beaches of Cape Cod, being a sports mom, enjoying time at home in Yarmouthport, and spending time in North Conway, NH.

Awaiting Susan’s arrival in heaven is her God; her father Robert who died in 1998 and her brother, James who died in 2004.

Sue’s legacy and love lives on in the lives and hearts of her sons, R. Stephen Sanford and Robert E. Sanford, who provided such tremendous care and comfort to Sue; her mother, Helen of Yarmouthport; her sister, Barbara L. Kern and her husband, David, of W. Barnstable; her niece and nephews, David J. Kern II and Michelle of Waltham; Kristina L. Kern and Kerri of Mendon; Jason J. Bush-Brown and his wife Kelly of Danbury, CT; her grand nieces and nephews and long-time companion Ted Lorenz of Auburn.

Family and friends will honor and remember Susan’s life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday, March 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday morning in The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road where her Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Lynne Dolan will officiate.

Memorials in Susan’s name may be made towards the UMASS Cancer Walk – UMASS Memorial Healthcare, Development Office, Cancer Walk, 300 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

To view Susan’s online tribute, share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.healdchiampa.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=susan-sanford&pid=169976510&fhid=20762#sthash.gGqd4pOO.dpuf