Susanne Chambers Wheat
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Susanne Chambers Wheat passed away on Thursday September 18. The daughter of Frank and Kathryn Chambers, she was born December 18, 1925. She graduated from Greenwood High School and then received an A.B. Degree from Drury University in 1947 where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduating, she attended yearly Drury reunions, and was an active member of the alumnae club and the American Association of University Women. She also went on to take post-graduate courses in Creative Writing at Northwestern University.
Susanne was in the society department of Springfield newspapers, where she wrote a weekly column and book reviews. She was on the editorial staff of the Lewis-American Book publishers in West Palm Beach, Florida, publishing state histories, genealogies, and some editions of "Who's Who." She later worked as a substitute teacher for the Springfield Public Schools, was a copywriter for Strout Real Estate Advertising Co, and wrote commercials for KWTO.
Susanne was a freelance writer of articles for Springfield Magazine, and her book reviews were published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While in Springfield, she was a member of the 20th Century Art group of SMMA, the Executive Dinner Club of Springfield, the Springfield Symphony Guild, and bridge foursomes.
Susanne was a member of the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church and the Binnie Clements Guild. For many years, she was a hostess for the annual House and Garden tours sponsored by the Guild, with all proceeds going to children's charities.
Susanne was preceded in death by her parents and an uncle, Huston Link of University City Missouri. She is survived by her son, Chris Wheat; a granddaughter, Jenna Wheat; a grandson, Ryan Wheat; and a special friend, Mrs. Rosemary Bane.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, or to a
in Susanne's name. A graveside service will be held at Maple Park Cemetery on Monday, September 23 at 12pm. Online condolences may be left at gormanscharpf.com.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on Sept. 22, 2013