Franklin, TN - A grand lady, Suzanne Steele Simpson, went to be with her Lord on November 21, 2020.
Born in Johnstown, Pa. in 1940 to William and Marjorie Steele, the family later moved to Tenefly, N.J., and then to Haddon Heights, N.J.
It was there that Sue stepped into her high school's spotlight with an array of roles from class secretary to cheerleader to social chairperson. She was also a piano prodigy — and her dancing skills earned her a coveted spot on the original Dick Clark's "American Bandstand."
She went on to attend Gettysburg College, where, on the very first day of class, she sat down in front of her future husband, Bruce Simpson. The two dated throughout school and were married in the college chapel the day before graduation in 1962.
While a Gamma Phi Beta, Sue earned a B.A. in Sociology. She remained a social chairlady through all of her time at school.
Off they marched off to Ft. Sill, Okla. where she was exemplary as the required and fun-loving military wife. The two were blessed with four wonderful children: Kelly Pollard, now of Franklin, T.N.; Kristen Stone, now of Franklin, T.N.; Jill Cohen, now of Atlanta, G.A.; and John Simpson, now of Cary, N.C. Brother William and sister-in-law Kay Steele live in Haddonfield, N.J. She was the beloved "Mimi" to 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and dog Honey.
Soon it was back to Ohio and they went from Bay Village to Mansfield to North Canton with a wonderful diversion to Birmingham, Ala. Then back to Hudson, Ohio, where they spent 23 years.
Throughout the years, she remained the world's best stay-at-home mom until all four children decided to go to college. Then she became a realtor and was one of the best in town for 11 years. For the last 14 years of their time
in Hudson, she also served as assistant CEO to Bruce.
After years of vacationing in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, S.C., they retired there to a life of meaningful friendships, fun and camara-derie. They were members of the Sea Pines Country Club,
Providence Presbyterian Church, and were both involved in support of the Boys and Girls Club.
In 2014, a terrible fall resulted in a traumatic brain injury which evoked constant dizziness and balance problems. She was constantly on a walker, but remained courageous and resilient through it all.
On Thanksgiving of 2019, they moved to Franklin, Tn., to be close to their two daughters. It is there that she faithfully and peacefully met with God.
She had a special gift for making others feel better about themselves. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. A friend to everyone, she will be dearly missed by her loving family and wonderful friends.
Posted online on December 13, 2020