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    Susie Q


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bellydancer describes her mom as fiercely independent and incredibly self-reliant. Her mom, Bonnie Sue Carter, was known as "Susie Q" in her teens. Susie Q came from a poor family with nine brothers and sisters and raised in West Virginia. Barely 18, she eloped with her first husband and moved to Chicago. She later moved to Las Vegas, Nev.
    "In her earlier years - in Chicago and Vegas - she dressed very stylish but classy," Bellydancer says. "Her hair was pinned up quite a bit, styled and curled. And sometimes she would wear great wigs or hairpieces. She liked to change it up."
    But her mom always kept her natural hair color and matched her hairpiece or wig to her natural shade. In the mid- to late-1970s she started coloring her hair red. "The first photo is actually one of my favorites," Bellydancer says. "It looks like it was still on the longish side and pinned up in the back. [In] the second photo, I am sure she would have curled it herself using maybe bobby pins. In those days, there is no way she could have gone to a salon or hairdresser - no way - no money for things like that."
    - PM91, CNN iReport producer

    I started this post early in the morning. I knew I wanted to use my mother's pictures as she always had beautiful hair. Just as I started to upload it my son called - I knew right away something was wrong - it was far to early for him to be calling. He called to tell me that a Paramedic was performing CPR on my mother and I needed to come as fast as I could.


    I live almost 40 miles away. I could not get there in time. By 8:30 am this morning she was gone. My poor son had to deliver the news to me as I kept calling while I was driving.


    Susie Q is what she had been called in her teens. She was beautiful, smart and  the hardest working woman I have ever known. She valued the opportunities she had been given in life and always took them.


    She had beautiful hair and wore it in a variety of ways. For years she wore it long. In the 70's and 80's she cut it short - but would rock some serious hairpieces from time to time. She wasn't a natural Red Head but could wear that shade with ease - she certainly had the personality to match. She was passionate about Politics - a staunch Democrat despite coming from a family of Republicans. She religiously worked every election as a Precinct Official over the last 30 years - until her health made it too hard for her to sit or stand for long periods. She gave to Food Banks on a regular basis. She had more common sense than most.


    She believed very strongly that women could and would save the world.


    When I finally came home I realized my laptop was still on and still waiting at the upload page. I wanted to go ahead and upload this so that in a way she will live on in cyberspace..


    Susie Q with the pretty will be missed. You were so strong all these years your heart must have been very tired.


    Rest now.

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