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Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. Here, she rides in the back seat of a Volkswagen convertible with her husband, Jim, in a Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. In the front are Ted Leche and the late Mary Jane Leche.   - Ron Garner
Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. Here, she rides in the back seat of a Volkswagen convertible with her husband, Jim, in a Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade. In the front are Ted Leche and the late Mary Jane Leche.
— image credit: Ron Garner

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91.

"Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

Mike Vouri, chief of interpretation for San Juan Island National Historical Park, called Mrs. Meredith a "remarkable person: a medical professional, author and highly skilled kayaker."

"It was always a pleasure to see and visit with Susan at park events and we were especially pleased when she joined us for the annual Fourth of July parade in Friday Harbor. She loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and had been a resident here for 30 years," he wrote in an e-mail to employees.

"Our deepest sympathy to Jim, their daughter Jeanie and all who are near and dear."

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