If I may be permitted to post an obit that may be slightly different from what usually appears, this is an announcement of the death of someone very close to me but otherwise not known except to probably a handful of others here. My sister, Susan Anderson Barnes, lost her fight with cancer on Thursday; funeral arrangements have just been completed with both visitation and funeral to be held Sunday, 2/3, at 1 to 3 for visitation, with funeral to follow immediately.
I feel she should be mentioned here at least in passing because of her promotion of a number of talented but little known artists through her involvement in two or three organizations in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi and Louisiana. She's the one who introduced me to Jed Marum's music, for example.
She basically followed two types of music with equal interest, Celtic and Tropical. She was personal friends with a number of artists and promoted their music whenever the opportunity presented itself. And all of her efforts in promoting the music and artists was done selflessly because she liked the sound. She never "profited" from her efforts in promotion and in fact, never worked for pay in anything that remotely connected to the music. She taught higher-level mathematics for about 25 years before retiring and obtaining a real estate broker's license to begin working in real estate. She had just taken a position managing a major real estate office when she learned of her disease only one week after her 55th birthday.
Since I'm her brother and obviously feel things about her death that I would have to pen a book to express, I'll not go further here. Just know that a person who was very important in the lives of a number of people has passed on and will be sorely missed.
Thanks for reading.
SC (Wayne Anderson)