Susan (Susie) Haynes Davis, 55, unexpectedly passed away from a pulmonary embolism on September 30, 2013. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on March 13, 1958, Susie was a gifted artist and craftsperson who was devoted to her family and friends. She loved animals and befriended stray cats, dogs, birds, and all creatures great and small. She was devoted to the arts and with friends in Boxford helped to develop the Boxford Arts Council, which brought regional and local musicians to perform at the Apple Festival and in other local venues. She developed a family business, Suz Bath and Body, which specializes in organic soaps and lotions. She developed a network of friends and colleagues and was frequently seen at local and regional fairs. Susies interests in art and music began at the Putney School in Putney, VT, where she attended high school. At Putney, she learned printmaking and her interest in ceramics was born. After high school, Susie attended California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1977, following the loss of her youngest sister, Mary Christine (Tina), Susie joined friends in Iowa City and bicycled to Seattle. She remained there to study ceramics at University of Washington, where she received a BA in Fine Arts. While in Seattle, she met William (Bill) Davis, whom she married in 1984. In Boxford, Susie produced ceramics from her studio and then her home for fifteen years. She then focused on screenwriting for the next five years, which included creating pilots with local Boxford friends. Susie was dedicated to conservation and preservation of open space; with her siblings, she contributed and bargain-sold approximately 250 acres of land to Essex County Greenbelt, BTA/BOLT, the Boxford Conservation Commission, and the Town of Boxford. Susie leaves her husband Bill, their two sons Patrick and Liam, and her aged dog Zeus, all of Boxford; her sister Anne Haynes Studer of Biel, Switzerland; two brothers, Charles and Robert Haynes of Boxford, her father, Edward Haynes of Pagosa Springs, CO, her stepmother Beverly Warburton, as well as six nephews and three nieces. In addition to her sister Tina, she was pre-deceased by her mother, Margo Taylor Haynes. A memorial service and celebration of Susies life will be held at the family home in Boxford in the spring of 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susies memory to the
or the MSPCA.
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Published in The Tri-Town Transcript from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17, 2013