Remembering Susan...As She Wished...

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

For those Members who may not see this on Facebook and wish to donate to a cause in Susan's name...her brother has left us this message:


This is Susan's brother. My beloved brother-in-law, Paul, who cherished my sister and always treated her so well, has asked that we share with you this obituary. Please know that I, Paul, my wife, and others in our family have been lifted up and comforted by the overwhelming expression of love you have shown for our Susan and the support you have offered us. Thank you, and may God bless you.

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Susan H. Haughton, 62, of King George, Virginia, departed this life – much too soon but peacefully – at her home on Friday, March 8, 2019. The devoted and supportive wife of Paul F. Haughton for 23 years, Susan’s dedication to family found expression as well as a loving and attentive daughter, a loyal sister, and a thoughtful aunt and cousin. Beyond her family, the ever-widening circle of friends she made and kept through the years testifies to the life Susan lived from her earliest days: full-out, expressive, joyous.

A lifelong Virginian, born in Lompoc, California, but raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Susan was an accomplished realtor in Alexandria, Virginia. As hardworking and dedicated to her clients as she was, Susan was equally committed to serving her local community, including most particularly the disadvantaged. Susan served on the Board of Directors of the King George Family YMCA, and most recently had taken on the responsibility of serving as the chair of the Jay Massad Annual Support Campaign.

Susan’s commitment extended beyond the managerial. She was an enthusiastic and tireless hands-on participant as well, volunteering in the YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program, a community outreach program where children in need are partnered with volunteer shoppers, to provide new clothes and school supplies at the start of the school year. Susan worked one-on-one as well with the YMCA’s Power Scholars Program, coming to lunch with academically and economically at-risk children during the school year. The YMCA’s Active Older Adult program found Susan reaching out to isolated seniors in the King George community, to offer friendship and support. Outside of the YMCA’s formal programs, Susan participated in the “Lunch Bunch,” a faith-based community program that provides free lunch-time meals to disadvantaged children during the summer months.

Love of country, and support for the troops who defend the Nation’s freedom, were not abstractions for Susan. As ever, she committed her time and energy and not simply lip-service. On the home front, Susan and her husband Paul hosted annual events for the benefit of disabled veterans. Susan devoted time and treasure to both the Virginia Veteran Services Foundation and the Vigilant Torch Association. On other fronts and in other ways, too, Susan was dedicated, and made contributions, to the defense of the country she loved. In all these things, in the time she was allotted, Susan lived out Isaiah 6:8: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here am I; send me.’”

Susan was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Grace Inskeep Harlow of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Susan is survived by her husband Paul; her father D. Scott Harlow of Mechanicsville, Virginia; her brother David S. Harlow and his wife, Sharon L. Harlow, of Germantown, Maryland; and her niece Brittany Ward, of Grottoes, Virginia, and her second cousin Edie Raines, of Ashland, Virginia. Susan especially looked upon Brittany and Edie (along with Brittany’s husband, Joe Ward) as her own. In addition, Susan is survived by numerous cousins and an expansive universe of friends.

Her love of animals being well known, Susan would insist that her family not leave unmentioned that she is survived by her German Shepherd “Mia,” and was preceded in death by “Ilse,” she too a German Shepherd.

Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia, on Thursday, March 14, during which there will be a private service for immediate family members. In the days thereafter, there will be a memorial celebration of Susan’s life, at a date and place to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish may make a contribution to the King George Family YMCA. 10545 Kings Highway, King George, Virginia 22485. (540)-775-9622.

For additional information, please contact Storke Funeral Home. (800) 786-7531.



Thank you for the memories and the contributions you have made to your community and to the community of  Active Rain...With Gratitude.....

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Sally. Nice of you to post this here. Still reeling from her loss.

Mar 11, 2019 07:41 AM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Yes Margaret Goss  this is such a difficult kind of relationship to begin to explain to people "on the outside" and such a joy to experience on the inside...we have flown miles...had people drive hours...gotten and given presents...and it is all part of the magic of this site.

Mar 11, 2019 07:43 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

OMG...such a tragic loss. Far too early. I'm relieved to hear it was peaceful...we should all be that blessed, but it breaks my heart to hear she is gone. 

Mar 11, 2019 07:55 AM #19
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

What a lovely tribute, condolences to all family and friends.

Mar 11, 2019 07:56 AM #20
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

So sad :( RIP Susan, my condolences to her husband and family. 

Mar 11, 2019 08:49 AM #21
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I was shock to hear this and thank you for posting this for of in the rain,  There is so much I did not know of her,'  R I P Susan!


Mar 11, 2019 09:30 AM #22
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Remember when it all began such happiness filled the air, not one thought could be brought...when we would not be here.

From then till now we spend our life seeking all that's good, for life was such to have it much... and this is as it should...

Now the time to say fare well brings ourselves to ponder, for those we touched and touched us back fill us with such wonder

Thank you all and to all be well.... I leave you with this thought

Don't despair, I'll see you there for all was not for naught

Mar 11, 2019 09:39 AM #23
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

What a shock!  She will be greatly missed.  My deepest symapthies to the family.  Sending prayers and thoughts to all.


Mar 11, 2019 10:02 AM #24
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I had no idea until reading this post ... so very sad that we lost such an active and amazing member of ActiveRain.  Heartfelt sympathies to her family and close friends ...


Mar 11, 2019 10:43 AM #25
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Heartfelt condolences,,, A reminder to tell those we care about, how much they mean to us.. as tomorrow is never promised..
RIP Susan..

Mar 11, 2019 01:13 PM #26
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Sally K. & David L. Hanson thank you for sharing this information.  Susan is going to be very very missed by many people.

Mar 11, 2019 03:51 PM #27
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Boston, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor


Mar 11, 2019 06:58 PM #28
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Beautiful Tribute to a Beautiful Soul  Thank you for sharing this with us

I am thankful Paul has his faith, family and friends to help him through this

God Bless and Keep you all


Mar 12, 2019 12:57 AM #29
Kat DeLong
LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman who will be greatly missed. 

Mar 12, 2019 06:42 AM #30
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I knew her pretty well.  I'm glad to have read the history mentions.  I knew none of that, of course.  Our relationship was business only.  But we got along!

Mar 13, 2019 05:12 AM #31
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

She will be missed greatly, we shared on Facebook and I found out of her passing from her husband who posted it there. Peace be with her family as the pain must be hard, she is with our Saviour Jesus Christ walking the streets of Gold. 

Mar 13, 2019 11:31 AM #32
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I had missed this not having my laptop to read posts on, in shock right now and thinking of her family.

Mar 13, 2019 11:37 AM #33
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was never in the same room with Susan, but she was a friend and we shared so many comments and conversations over the years.  She will be missed.

Mar 13, 2019 01:19 PM #34
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Sally K. & David L. Hanson 
Thanks for letting us know.
Will miss her smile ---  Lynn

Mar 13, 2019 03:40 PM #35
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

What a beautiful tribute, praying for the family and those dear and near to the whole family.

Mar 15, 2019 01:54 PM #36
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