by Press Rep Claire and Lisa Harden
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and our community, lost a bright light with the recent passing of Susan Deloney.
Girl Scouting can mean different things to different people, but for Ms. Susan, Girl Scouting meant going new places and trying new things. Ms. Susan always thought big and when there was a trip opportunity, she encouraged us to take it--to Gulf Port, to Dauphin Island, to Atlanta etc. Because our troop covers the cost of troop trips, to go on these trips, we had to raise money by selling cookies. Ms. Susan was a talented Cookie Chair for four years for our troop. She would explain to us during cookie training what it would cost for us to take the trip, and then she would help us sell enough cookies to get to that goal. She juggled booth schedules, made countless trips to the cupboard, and always had cookies to sell in her car.
We always did Walk About Weekend in her neighborhood, and she opened her house up to all of us to come in and out while we did it. But, the Deloneys' house was always kind of that way--people stopping by and coming in and out. Ms Susan did not know many strangers.
She was active with our troop in other ways too. When we decided to make our own troop shirts, she taught herself to tie-dye, bought the supplies, and then helped us make troop shirts. She went on our camping trips with us and helped comfort younger girls new to camping. She also loaned us beautiful kimonos to wear for our Thinking Day celebration and loaned us her big family tent to take on a trip that she could not go on with us.
We will miss Susan so much, but we will carry the memory of her boundless enthusiasm and big heart with us forever.