SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Susan Lynne Pilcher, 61, died peacefully at her home in San Francisco , CA on December 23, 2013. She was the daughter of Marilyn Pilcher Towill and the late Dr. John Judson Pilcher Jr., and her step-father, the late John Bell Towill. She is survived by Elain Ziemba, her beloved companion of 31 years, her sister Marian Pilcher Steidl (Edward) of Charlotte, NC; one brother, Mr. John Judson Pilcher III, of Augusta; and her niece, Kathryn Pilcher Edmonds (Ty) and her great-nephew and niece, John and Hadley Edmonds, of Geismar, LA. In addition, Susan is survived by her step-sisters, Virginia Towill Maxwell (George) and Rebecca Towill McNair (William), and their children and grandchildren. Susan attended the University of Georgia and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She also attended the University of the South and graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She received a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco . She pursued a career in finance and wealth management with Arthur Andersen, and then became Director of Wealth Management at U.S. Trust. Later, she was employed by Morgan Stanley, and she ended her career as the Managing Director of Private Wealth Management at First Republic Bank. Susan had an adventurous spirit and passion for traveling all over the world. She was a gracious hostess and an accomplished chef. Susan loved to entertain her friends and family at her home in San Francisco s Cole Valley neighborhood, her home in Napa , CA and in her mother's Augusta home. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. on January 10, 2014 at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery on Hill Street in Wrens, GA with the Rev. George Maxwell Sr., the Rev. George Maxwell Jr. and the Rev. Ann Maxwell officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wallace House at the Augusta Country Club. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the CSRA Humane Society Inc., P.O. Box 14667 , Augusta , GA 30919 or the Augusta Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd. , Augusta , GA 30909 .
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2013