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Know your neighbor — Susan Cason

Susan Cason is a 62-year-old dedicated grandmother, a longtime schoolteacher and a woman worth getting to know.

Cason — who hails from Kentucky — has lived on Warren Road near East Lincoln for over a year.

She has taught children with special needs in Liberty for nearly 10 years and, when she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with family.

“I love to play with my grandchildren,” she said.

Cason attends Radiance Church in Summit, and she values her faith above all else.

“I could not live without Jesus,” she said.

An accomplished artist, she is responsible for painting the scripture above the door of Clint’s Pharmacy. Her artwork once hung inside the drug store, but now she mostly sells her work from home.

“I have a little studio, and I paint there,” she said.

Something few people know about Cason is that she was adopted when she was young, and her first name is actually Pauline.

Her favorite food is chicken and dumplings, and she claims her friend Joanne Lewis makes the best dumplings in Southern Mississippi.

“She just puts that extra little bit of love in there,” Cason said, smiling.

She believes patience is her finest virtue.

“You need it when you work with children,” she said.

Cason is the mother of two adult daughters, and one of her family’s fondest holiday traditions is riding around and marveling at Christmas light displays.

“We’ve done it for about 38 years,” she said. “We go through the South Jackson area, and Tylertown has some pretty lights, too.”

If she could have any super power, Cason would like to possess the ability to cleanse the world of malevolence.

“I would destroy all the evil in the world,” she said tearfully. “Because I know people that evil has consumed.”

Story by Trapper Kinchen