SUSAN BLACK ELWELL
1941 - 2012
Susan Elwell, an active volunteer in the Montgomery County Democratic Party, died May 8, 2012 at her home in Chevy Chase, a victim of breast cancer.
Susan was born in North Bay, Ontario, and moved with her parents to Pittsburgh as a teenager. She completed her education in Pittsburgh, graduating from Chatham College with a degree in Political Science, and came to Washington as an intern at the Federal Housing Agency.
She was an Urban League staff member on the Mall during the Martin Luther King March on Washington and later joined the Washington office of the newly created Peace Corps. At the Peace Corps she met her husband, Richard Elwell, and eventually went with him to Niger, where he was Director of the Peace Corps program for two years.
Returning to the Washington area, Susan founded and was the first director of the Chevy Chase Baptist Church Community Child Care Center.
Later, working as a real estate agent, she was involved in Montgomery County history and politics, serving as a board member of the Chevy Chase Historical Society and board member and former President of the Woman's Suburban Democratic Club (now called the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County.) She also organized a Washington area chapter of Chatham College alumnae and became a master gardener.
Susan is survived by her husband, their son Martin and his wife Jocelyn, and three stepsons: David, John, and Peter. Her fourth stepson, Robert, predeceased her.
A gathering of friends and family in memory of Susan will be held at the Elwell's house in Chevy Chase on June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.