Suzanne Needham Houston
1925 - 2021
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Suzanne Needham Houston

Shelburne, VT — Suzanne Needham Houston born April 5, 1925 passed away peacefully at her Wake Robin Shelburne VT home January 18, 2021 after a long and beautiful life to her graceful age of 96.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Florence Duval and Delos J. Needham, sister to Nancy Needham Goodrich.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her husband Edmund Coy (Ned) Houston, father of their three boys.

Suzanne is survived by her sons James, Richard, and Ned (Alex), grandchildren Ben and Anna, nephews George, Craig and Tom Goodrich, nieces Linda and Wendy and nephew Scott Houston, and many treasured grand nephews and nieces.

Suzanne was a graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls-Washington DC, a 1945 graduate of Colby Sawyer Jr. College for Women-New London, NH, and Pratt Institute-Brooklyn, NY. She went on to acquire her B.A. in Art Education at Monmouth College NJ and her M.A. in Museum Studies and Printmaking at Kean College NJ.

Suzanne and her husband raised their three boys in Arcadia and the beaches of southern California (1956-1966). She dabbled in modeling and artwork, enjoyed snow skiing, playing tennis, golf, cards and the horses at Santa Anita Racetrack.

In 1966, her husband employed with Benjamin Moore Paint was relocated to their home office in New York City and moved the family to Middletown, NJ. Suzanne become an art teacher while continuing her artwork, painting and became an accomplished artist.

After retirement Suzanne and her husband moved to Post Mills, VT to be close to their grandchildren, enjoying her artwork, flower gardens, working with Revels North Production Co. creating stage production back drops, costumes, and the creative like.

After her husband passed away in April 1999 Suzanne began to travel. Taking a Panama Canal cruise, St Lawrence River cruise, Trans Canada Train Rail crossing, wander drive in the southwest four corners region and more.

In 2006 Suzanne with her dog Moki moved into the Wake Robin Senior Community, Shelburne, VT to be nearby friends David Webster and Kris Engstrom. She continued painting concentrating on the landscapes and dramatic skies that surrounded her, taking countryside road trips with Moki, and friend Kris, visiting her grandchildren in Waterbury, and more. She never let the grass grow under her fleet feet.

Suzanne is remembered by her family and friends in many ways.

One shared" Suzanne was a lady of style and curiosity, with an independent streak, all which made time spent with her engaging". Another shared "She was a wonderful, unconventional women…like no one else will ever be. She knew how to dance in the rain. She will be missed". Another, "She was like a Mother to me, always kind and understanding and supportive. In fact – some time ago – we agreed, she would adopt me". Another, "Your Mom's wonderful spirit will always be with us, her laughter and smile a part of our world forever". And another "It seems like a mighty oak has fallen. She was a force - so many dimensions to her. I loved her paintings - she was darned good as an artist!!!! I loved her humor, that twinkle in her eye, coupled with seriousness".

Suzanne will be sorely missed by family and friends across many miles. Gone from us but leaving memories her death can never take away. Memories that will always linger while upon this earth we stay.

A family gathering with memorial service will be held 5/15/2021 at St Paul's Kent Episcopal Church, Chestertown, Maryland.

Please visit and leave a memory or condolence at Stephen C. Gregory & Son Cremation Services,
Published in Valley News on Apr. 25, 2021.
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April 25, 2021
Both Suzanne and Ned were great friends and active members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Fairlee, Vermont. Wonderful memories!
Bob and Janet Jones
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