Susan D. “Susie” Kenney, 52, died Aug. 20, 2011, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Gardiner on March 4, 1959, she was the daughter of Richard and Doris Viles Paine. She was a member of the 1977 class of Rockland District High School.

For 19 years, Susie worked with Wardwell Construction & Trucking Company, where she was proud to achieve the license and ability to operate wheeler dump trucks. For the past three years she has worked with the Maine Department of Transportation.

Susie loved riding motorcycles and was a faithful friend to her many friends. Her longtime friends, Lisa Uhrn, Mary Ard, Norman and Darlene Emery, Jeff and Laverne Davis, Lee and Susan Jackson, Marjorie Cicchini, Leroy and Gayle Hamn, and Doug Mitchell have all helped Susie immensely during her illness. Susie had a heart of gold. She always offered to help family, friends and anyone she met in need.

Susie was predeceased by her grandparents, Philip and Lillian Viles; and a nephew, Phillip Jura.

She is survived by her loving companion, Wes Shute of Stockton Springs; her father, Richard Paine and his wife, Beverly, of Augusta; her mother, Doris V. Beal and her husband, Nathan, of Union; her daughter, Roxanne Leigh Johnson and her fiancé Jonathon Kinney of Winterport; one sister, Linda Jura who cared for her throughout her illness and Linda’s companion Wayne Jackson of Union; three brothers, Dennis E. Norton and his wife, Doris, of Rockport, Kenneth P. Norton of Naples and Daniel L. Norton and his wife, Gail, of Warren; two stepbrothers, Robert Barkley and Gary Barkley, both of Augusta; two stepsisters, Terri Baines and her husband, Jack, of Starks and Rhonda Russell of Thomaston; one granddaughter, Madilyn Gail Johnson, who was the light of her life; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a service will be held at 7 p.m.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401.

To share a memory or story with Susie’s family, visit her guest book at