Susan Warford Winter passed away at home with her family on October 3, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. Susan was 69 years old. Susan passed away due to metastatic lung cancer.
Susan was born in Tampa, Florida to Earl Fleetwood Warford and Aileen Sayers Warford. She was the oldest of twins born on February 16, 1950. Susan spent her youth in Miami, Florida before moving to New York City in 1971. In 1972, Susan met the love of her life, Johnny Winter. Susan met Johnny while working as a personal driver for his manager, Steve Paul. They lived in New York City until 1999, when they moved to Easton, Connecticut. They had a happy life together traveling, nesting, and enjoying their home in Easton. Susan toured with Johnny in 1973 and played tambourine onstage as well as other percussion instruments. Touring was not the life for her as she enjoyed quieter pursuits. Susan was a talented photographer, ceramic artist, gardener, cook and rug hooker. Susan had a witty sense of humor and was intimidating to play at any card or word game. She had a smile that lit up the room. Susan volunteered as a candy striper in her youth and also volunteered at her church in New York City. Susan had a soft spot for cats and always adopted senior felines. Susan’s generous and kind spirit will be missed.
Susan is survived by her daughter, Judith Elerick and spouse Scott Elerick of Safety Harbor, Florida, her grandchildren Lazer Elerick of Chicago, IL, and Rebecca Remmerswaal and spouse Ben Remmerswaal of Winnipeg, Canada, great grandchildren Maybel and Faye Remmerswaal, her sister Tricia Maddrey and spouse, Bill Maddrey, sister Bonnie Warford and partner, Emily Plauche’, her brother, Chris Warford and spouse Tricia Warford, all of Charlotte, NC, her brother in law, Edgar Winter and spouse Monique Winter of Beverly Hills, California, niece Kelly Whitin, and Kylie Warford, nephews Gray and Vaughn Maddrey, Quinn and Liam Warford, Will Whitin, and Eric Whitin and spouse Kim Whitin, cousin Michelle Shlafman and spouse Tal Shlafman, and pets Sophie and Olive. Susan is predeceased by her husband, Johnny Winter, her twin, Sharon Whitin, parents Earl Fleetwood Warford and Aileen Sayers Warford, sister Pam Warford, and nephew Keel Whitin.
Friends and family are invited to attend her service on October 25, 2019, at 2PM at the Union Cemetery, 830 Sport Hill Road, Easton, Ct. The service will be followed by a reception at her home in Easton. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Greater Charlotte, 7845 Little Ave, Charlotte, NC 28226 or PAWS, 504 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851.
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