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Suzanne Robinson Broughton

May 10, 2014

Suzanne Robinson Broughton, age 70, of Fort Myers, Florida, died on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

A gathering to celebrate and honor Suzanne's life will be held by her family at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Suzanne was born on Sampson Naval Base near Geneva, New York on September 14, 1943 to the late Emelyn Anders Robinson and Ralph Jay Robinson. She spent her early childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas and Austin, Minnesota, before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended junior high and high school. Suzanne graduated from Atlanta's North Fulton High School in 1961 prior to matriculating at the University of Florida. She earned a B.A. from the University of Florida's College of Education in 1965.

Suzanne enjoyed a distinguished 30-year professional career as a middle school teacher in both Georgia's Fulton County Schools and the Lee County School District in Florida where she was honored as a Gifted Teacher of the Year, a winner of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Character Award, and a nominee for the Golden Apple Teacher Award. Suzanne was widely beloved and respected by the many she taught. With regularity, as her students progressed in their lives, they returned to reconnect with and to thank their teacher and mentor for her invaluable influence both inside the classroom and beyond it.

Suzanne's life was spent in enthusiastic celebration of others. She specialized in making those around her feel special, particularly her family, close friends, and students. Suzanne's ability to see the very best in people - a gift that inspired goodness, caring, new friendships, joy, and love - transcended her own company and her own life. She delighted especially in her friends and the friends of her husband and children. Suzanne always made an indelible impression with her direct questions and discerning style, which gave way to authentic relationships, rooted in genuine interest and love, that stood the test of time.

Suzanne is survived by her husband of 15 years, Terry V. Broughton; her daughter, Allison Moore Holly and husband William of Coral Gables, Florida; two sons, James William Moore, Jr. and wife Laura of Jacksonville, Florida, Robinson Anders Moore and wife Jennifer of Los Angeles, California; twelve grandchildren, Hayes Robinson Holly, William Anders Holly, James Henry Holly, James William Moore III, Lilly Anders Moore, Charles Bartlett Moore, Jett Thomas Lazarus Moore, Alexandra Jane Lazarus Moore, Molly Mae Broughton, Sadie Faye Broughton, Annabelle Faye Berger and Charles Vernon Berger, as well as many cherished friends and neighbors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Suzanne's name to the Lee County Library System. Donations will support the purchase of books and the promotion of reading and literacy (LCLS - 2345 Union Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901). Memorial contributions may also be given to Hope Hospice (9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908).

Cypress Lake Country Club is located at 6767 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33919.

Published in The News-Press from May 14 to May 20, 2014
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