Suzanne Zimmerman Edwards
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Suzanne Zimmerman Edwards
July 13, 1925 - March 14, 2021
Suzanne grew up in the forested community of Lake Grove, Ore., with her parents, Edith Chaffee Wardwell and Charles William Zimmerman, and brother Ward, climbing trees and swimming every summer day in Lake Oswego. She attended Lake Grove Grade School, West Linn High School, and Willamette University.
Starting at 15, she traversed the country with the famed "Cody Kids," the championship team of girl swimmers sponsored by the Multnomah Athletic Club. She won 15 national titles over eight years, culminating in a silver medal in the 1948 Olympics for the 100-meter backstroke.
Later, she lived around the world with her husband, Gordon Edwards (deceased). She built a new life in 1974 with her children in Portland. She was a dedicated mother who took pride in her independence, creativity and intelligence. She delighted in reading, especially The Oregonian, biographies and political books, and collected contemporary Portland art.
She died peacefully at home and has rejoined the earth at River View Cemetery. She is survived by her children, Christopher and Ann Edwards; her son-in-law; and two grandchildren.
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Published in The Oregonian from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 4, 2021
I have never forgotten meeting "Sue" on the street in Waikiki in 1953.She greeted me like a long lost friend, although I'm not sure whether we had ever met before. We enjoyed numerous days together, like old friends....
knowing many mutual friends in Portland....and she has remained a valued memory for me since then, although we never met again in Portland or elsewhere. How I regret not having sought her since then!
My heart goes out to all her family, for their great loss!
Eva Labby
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