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Susan Richardson McKelvey

Susan Richardson McKelvey Obituary
EASTON - Susan Richardson McKelvey, died peacefully on April 10, 2018, in Easton, MD, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Susan touched everyone she met with her kindness, generosity, and creative spirit.
Susan was born in Chicago, IL, to Josephine and Burton Richardson. After graduating from high school, Susan (aka Scottie) attended Cornell College where she met and married Douglas. Susan completed a Master's degree in teaching from the University of Chicago before she and Doug served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Upon returning, Susan taught high school English in Iowa for many years. While Doug's work later moved the family to Greensboro, NC; Reston, VA; and Millersville, MD, Susan chose to stay home to raise two children.
She returned to teaching middle school English in Maryland for a few years before boldly pursuing her love of all things quilting. She co-owned Cottonseed Glory, the first quilt shop in Annapolis, and spent the next 20+ years designing, teaching, and publishing over 30 quilt books and patterns. Her specialties were color design, signature quilts, and antique/historical quilts. She was particularly proud of her line of fabric, her business Wallflower Designs, and her work with the Annapolis and Bayside Quilt Guilds.
Over the years, she most enjoyed her family, her rescued golden retrievers, music, and being on/near the water, which prompted the move to Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1997. Susan volunteered at Golden Retriever Rescue Education & Training (GRREAT), the Talbot Humane Society, Pets on Wheels, and Reading with Dogs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug. She is survived by her loving family - the heart and soul of her existence. Survivors include her two children: Leslie and Scott; the spouses of their children; five grandchildren; and her brother, Burton, and his family. Susan will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
An open house Celebration of Susan's Life will be held Sunday, June 10th, 1-3 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center (200 Oxford Road), including a short service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Susan by giving to GRREAT (www.grreat.org) or the (www.alz.org).
For online tributes, please visit: www.fhnfuneralhome.com.



This obituary was originally published in The Star Democrat.
Published in The Star Democrat on Apr. 25, 2018
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