Susan (Sue) Jane Braiden (nee Southern), 59, died peacefully at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
on November 16th, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Sue was born on April 4th, 1963, in Wallaceburg, Ontario to her cherished parents, Keith and late Nancy Southern. Loving and proud mother of Sienna Blakney (Brandon), Taylor Blakney (Danielle), Nigel Blakney (Stefanie), and Joshua Braiden (Anna). Newly beaming grandmother of Nina Blakney. Beloved niece to Joyce Barnes (late Brent) and Margaret McIver. Big sister to John Southern (Julia), Michael Southern (Michelle), Brian Southern (late Beverly), and honourary sister and best friend to Kathy Glendinning. Sue is also survived by many friends around the globe.
As Sue put it, she was an Adventure Diva and a Better World Scout. She made it her mission to help connect with others in the digital and physical worlds to find solutions to help make the world a better place. She was a passionate advocate for women and children at risk. Sue channeled this passion into her digital art where she created dozens of beautiful and emotive original portraits. Sue used her talents as an avid writer and expressive storyteller in her career as a solutions journalist and through hosting a weekly radio program as a computer columnist for CBC Radio Canada. Her storytelling also took on different forms that she expressed through many of her original musical compositions. Sue often extended her gift of gab into hours of videos and written content on her social media accounts.
Beyond her work life, Sue was a nature lover and enjoyed being among the trees, stars, and wildlife out in the fresh air. She often looked for meaning in the world around her, regarding birds, feathers, and other symbols as serendipitous connections to her life. She was a devoted animal lover, taking in many stray cats and providing a life for them otherwise unimaginable; Sue had a deep bond with her kitties, and they too will miss her deeply. Before she passed, she had the opportunity check off a bucket list goal by exploring Machu Picchu through live video with her daughter-in-law. Lastly, Sue was an impressive smart ass and had a love for slightly darker humour—two things that served her well up to and including some of her last words.
Family and friends are invited for visitation at the Haycock-Cavanagh Funeral Home (409 Nelson Street) in Wallaceburg on Monday, November 21st from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. The funeral will be celebrated at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 22nd at 11 AM (and will be live streamed via her social media accounts). Interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her memory to the Farley Foundation (farleyfoundation.org/donate) or the Windsor-Essex Humane Society (windsorhumane.org/donatenow). Condolences and memories may be shared with her family at www.CavanaghFuneralHome.ca.