Sue "Tootie" Reardon

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Sue Reardon


It is with sad hearts we mourn the passing of Sue "Tootie" Reardon.

Sue was born in Greenville, SC less than a century ago, the oldest of four children born to Jackson Loyd and Hassie Hubbard Bowen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Bowen. She is survived by her sister, Sara Bowen Gibson of Anderson and her brother, Jack Bowen of Columbia.

For the past fifty years, Sue lived in Charleston, Isle of Palms and Mt. Pleasant.

She lived a long and beautiful life. After finishing business school in Greenville, she attended William & Mary College and worked for naval intelligence during World War II. She then began a career in communications at WMRB radio in Greenville and ended with Channel 5 television in Charleston. Along the way, Sue became a pilot, a painter, a master gardener and drove around the Daytona Speedway with Fireball Roberts.

She found the love of her life in Russ Reardon, a jazz DJ and musician from the west coast. They married and moved from South Battery to the Isle of Palms, where they took care of animals, played music, and made jewelry from sand dollars they collected every morning and evening while walking the surf.

After Russ's death, Sue began to paint in earnest, a hobby that continued the rest of her life. Her oils and watercolors are cherished by those who have them. The love of her fellow painters, close friends, neighbors and caregivers sustained Sue for many years.

Sue left the world peacefully, in the arms of her loving family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Pendleton Presbyterian Church in Pendleton, SC. A memorial service will also be held in Charleston at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

We will miss her and are blessed to have known her.

Tootie, rest in peace.


Published in The Greenville News on July 1, 2012