Obituary: Sue Shuman

Sue Shuman, who grew up in Winter Garden, died June 19, 2023.

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Sue Shuman was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in Winter Garden, Florida. She is predeceased by her parents, Floyd Charles Payne and Mary Elizabeth Kannon Payne; her brother, Allen Floyd Payne; and her oldest son, Michael Albin Newberg. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Allen Brown Kannon and Sudie Wilkes Kannon.

Sue claimed the Promise of Resurrection on June 19, 2023, after months of declining health.

Sue was happily married to David L. Shuman for almost 24 years. Dave was a loving and devoted husband and her advocate throughout her illnesses. Sue taught middle school English in Orange and Lake County schools for 28 years. She loved the beaches of Florida, especially New Smyrna. She loved to travel with Dave, to explore novel places in the U.S., and to travel to Europe with her sister and brother-in-law.

Sue was an obsessive lover of dachshunds and loved each one fiercely. Sue loved to teach reading, and she loved the joy of reading for herself. She enjoyed word games, tending to plants and flowers, was an excellent Southern cook, and loved her two sons and all her grandchildren.

Sue was an avid member of Bloom & Grow (Garden Club) in Winter Garden until her health prevented her from being active.

Dave and Sue met at the Singles Ministry of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida. They joined the church where Sue was active in the choir, and they both still helped for a season in the Singles Ministry and supported many programs and outreach ministries of their congregation.

Sue is survived by her son, Shane Bradley Newberg (Aurora, Colorado); sister, Charlene Payne Kammerer (Lake Junaluska, North Carolina); daughter-in-law, Alpha Newberg Robles (Mt. Dora, Florida); and Craig Shuman (Auburndale, Florida) and Tonia Shuman Thompson (Orlando, Florida). Grandchildren include Katelyn and Haley E. Newberg, Collin and Anna Newberg, and Braydon and Audrey Thompson.

A Memorial Service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2023, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida. A reception will be provided for all guests at the church followed by a family interment service at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Florida.

In addition to flowers, the family requests consideration of these memorial gifts to honor Sue’s life and memory: St. Luke’s UMC Singles Ministry, 4851 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32819; or, Bloom & Grow Garden Society, P.O. Box 97, Oakland, FL 34761; or a charity of your choice in her memory.

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