Sue Whealdon was faithful in witness, service, and spirit. She took joy in the rendering of small kindnesses to individuals; she was joyful in the giving of her whole self to God's work. This was the theme of her life, always deepening and, at the same time, finding new expression. Though quiet, she was a connecting link for the meeting, direct in speech, self-forgetful, and, above all, original.
She expressed her originality through her imaginative wardrobe, the small gadgets she fashioned for her birds, and through the items she lovingly sewed or discovered for friends. Extending herself to others in a straightforward, qustioning, inimitable manner, Sue became a centerpoint for the meeting, quite unintentionally. And she brought many newcomers into the center of meeting activities and community with her.
Sue regularly attended Fifteenth Street Meeting in New York City from at least 1954. She also supported the meeting at Washington Square as it came into being and struggled to survive in the 1960s and early 1970s. A graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Sue came to New York City originally from New Jersey. She and her sister Nancy joined the Montclair Meeting as children in 1934 when their parents, Rowand and Margery Mulheron Whealdon, became members. Sue at first lived further uptown in New York and attended the former Riverside Friends gathering. Later, she moved to the Lower East Side, still taking a job with the Human Resources Administration, which she served for many years. She was dedicated to her work for the Family Court; though not well, she went into the office on the day before her death.
At Fifteenth Street Meeting Sue served on a range of committees, including Peace and Overseers. She was a longtime supporter of Toward Communityh and a primary participant in theprayer healing meeting. At the time of her death, Sue was Treasurer of Fifteenth Street and a Trustee of the New York Quarterly Meeting. She was also a mainstay of the coffee or social hour, both the committee and the small working group. She performed this service for us for a very long time, very conscientiously. As Treasurer for many years as well, she had a remarkable ability to bring order to rapidly changing and dismayingly diverse financial events. She worked hard at it: Sue used her vacation time to go into the office once a week over the summers to keep the records and books up to date. She loved learning new procedures and methods that would help her help us better. She was excited about the recent computerization of Budget and Collections Committee work.
Sue's commitment to the peace testimony and the peace vigio, which, in these years, takes place on Saturdays at 11:3- am at the Washington Square Arch, neer wavered. It has been said that "Sue questioned everything except her pacifism." It might e added that some of her other morally motivated ideas did change in the light of seeking, learning and prayer.
Several speakers at the Memorial Meeting held for Sue on Saturday March 4th of this year remembered how Sue would witness at the Washington Square peace vigil -- every Saturday, rain or shine or snow, often all by herself -- always engaging others to join, sharing with others the truth of Peace.
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