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Susie Raddon Gross

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Susie Raddon Gross Obituary
November 9, 1930 - March 10, 2016 Susie Raddon Gross passed away peacefully at her home on March 10, 2016 surrounded by four generations of her loving family. She was 85. Susie was born in Alhambra, California on November 9, 1930 to Dr. Lawrence Harold and Emma Sutton Raddon. She graduated from Alhambra High School in 1948 and went on to attend Whittier College and finally U.C. Berkeley from where she graduated in 1952. While at Berkeley she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Known for great style and fashion, she worked as a model for Bullock's Wilshire, I Magnin, Vanity Fair and other upscale couturiers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii. Susie married Nelson Boon Gross of Los Angeles in 1954. They resided in Hancock Park where she gave birth to her daughter, Susan Wilhelmina (Kenneth) Fuller in 1956. Three years later her son, William Nelson Raddon Boon, arrived and completed her family. While family was her great love and primary focus, Susie had many other talents and areas in which she excelled. Especially gifted as an artist, she painted and taught art classes in Newport Beach and Templeton for over 30 years. Her Plein Air art classes in Templeton drew students from all over the United States. The classes were held on Susie's farm giving her students a taste of her warm hospitality. Susie also knew fine foods, was a great cook and always served delicious meals to her friends and family just because she loved to do so. One of Susie's best known qualities was her persistence to accomplish her goals. Beyond her success with her art classes, she studied calligraphy where she ultimately achieved professional status. From that point on she was sought after to create high-end, custom invitations, stationary and anything else having the need of an accomplished calligrapher. Her further skills included knitting, sewing and other unique hand work which she taught not only to her children and grandchildren, but also to many of her friends. Susie was always giving of herself with one of her favorite charities being the Las Floristas, a charity which at that time helped support the John Tracy Clinic for deaf children. She donated her time as a model for 6 of the annual Las Floristas Headdress Balls where in three of her appearances she earned the top honor as Sweepstakes Winner. Susie loved being outdoors and especially on the water. Her summers were usually spent on the family boat in Catalina or San Diego and always with her children. She also spent time at the family condominium in Cabo San Lucas. Susie had a special affection for islands with her absolute favorites being Hawaii, Majorca, Bermuda, Nantucket and Catalina. Susie also loved being at home where she took particular pride in decorating and maintaining her homes in Hancock Park during the 50s and 60s, Newport Beach in the 70s and 80s and finally in Templeton to the current day. When Susie was not at home or on the family boat you would find her traveling to her favorite foreign destinations. She loved France, London and almost anywhere in Europe. As time and her travels went on, she developed a love for traveling by cruise ship with her last "great voyage" taken to Hawaii with her daughter and son-in-law just 2 years ago. Susie leaves behind her husband Nelson of 61 years, daughter Susan, son Bill, son-in-law Ken, daughter-in-law Rochelle, 6 grandchildren: Genoa (Kevin) Riley, Morgan Fuller, Greer (Joel) Woodruff, Violet, Lily and Raddon Gross and 8 great grands: Jack, Barrett, and Westley Riley, Gabe, Luke and Paige Fuller, and Oliver and Molly Woodruff A Celebration of Life will be held on Willow Creek Farm the 16th of April at 2pm. The family asks in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Central Coast Hospice of San Luis Obispo County - 253 Granada Suite D, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 15 to Mar. 20, 2016
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