Ella Susan Newlin, Susan, born to J.W. and Pattie Newlin of Greensboro, NC passed away at her home in Foscoe the morning of April 6.

Susan was raised attending New Garden Friends Meeting. An active member when she lived in Greensboro, she remained a member for the entirety of her life. She attended Appalachian State University and received her bachelors degree in teaching and continued her education there with a Masters degree and EDS.

She married Ira Fowler in 1978 and added two sons to their family, Ryan and Ian. During this time she began teaching special education for Watauga County Schools, her career of thirty two years. Susan split these years between Hardin Park Elementary and Watauga County High School. As an educator she participated in organizing and facilitating the Special Olympics and other special education endeavors, and acted as a homebound educator for students who were unable to attend school. Susan committed the majority of her life to helping and teaching others.

She is survived by her husband of forty years, Ira Fowler, her son Ryan Fowler, his wife Elizabeth and her grandsons Lochlan and Griffin, her son Ian Fowler, her brother Morris Newlin and family, and her brother Larry Newlin and family. Susan deeply touched all those fortunate enough to know her. Her love, kindness, thoughtfulness, tenacity, and humor are missed deeply. We are all grateful for the time we shared with her.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Watauga County Special Olympics, or Watauga County Humane Society. 
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