Lake Murray author, editor remembered as ‘an artist with words’

06/23/2014 11:59 PM

06/24/2014 12:00 AM

Author and magazine editor Sue Duffy was remembered Monday as a passionate writer and a dedicated family woman.

Duffy, 66, died June 22 after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

“She loved her children and loved her husband,” said Mike Kirk, a former leader of the Lake Murray Power Squadron, of which Duffy was a member. “She was an artist with words and really knew how to turn a phrase.”

Duffy wrote novels, including “Mortal Wounds,” “Fatal Loyalty” and “Red Returning” trilogy.

Dawn Anderson, associate editor of Kregel Publications, said Duffy included South Carolina in many of her novels.

“Location played a big role in her stories, which were often set in South Carolina,” Anderson said. “It was very obvious through her writing that her home state was near and dear to her heart.”

Duffy also served as editor for Lake Murray Magazine, a publication of The State Media Co., from 2000-07. Kristine Hartvigsen, a freelance writer, said Duffy taught her a lot. Hartvigsen succeeded Duffy as editor at the magazine.

“She was just such a class act in every way,” Hartvigsen said. “She had this way about her that elevated everybody in the room.”

Sandy Mau, another freelance writer for the magazine, said Duffy exuded a deep love for the people and history of the Lake Murray region.

“I remember feeling honored to contribute to the magazine, because I knew it was such a labor of love for Sue,” Mau said. “What a joy to open the magazine each month and read her editor’s note.”

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Mike; three children, Kim, Laura and Brian; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. A funeral service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Chapin Presbyterian Church, with burial in Woodridge Memorial Park.

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