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Wild Wild West Grand Marshal
Susan Elaine Hopkins Batten
Susie is a sustaining member of the Junior Service League of DeLand and past president, serving in 1996 - 97.
She is the daughter of LtC (Retired) Richard and Phyllis Hopkins of Pierson, Florida. Along with her three younger brothers, Susie grew up moving from post to post across the country and in Germany during her father's twenty-year career.
She attended nine different schools, including in Hawaii, before graduating from Fort Knox High School in Kentucky. Susie attended Stetson University, where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and Daytona Beach Community College, where she earned a degree in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse, at the West Volusia Memorial Hospital, in the Intensive Care Unit for five years.
Susie and her husband, Dale, have been married for 32 years. Together, they have three sons, Justin and Chris Baker and David Batten, two daughters-in-law: Mary and Mary Bradlee, and five grandchildren.
Susie is a charter member of the Krewe of Amalee. She served as chairman to the Krewe in 2013, and Queen in 2018. She enjoys traveling, sewing, singing, and golfing. She is a member of the Choral Union at Stetson and New Covenant Baptist Church.
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