Suzanne Rollins Wallace Godwin
With the passing of Suzanne Rollins Wallace Godwin on November 27, 2013 Durham has lost a quirky but charming and delightful woman. She died exactly as she lived… loving Durham and its history.
Suzanne was proud of the fact that her family owned the Durham Morning Herald and the Durham Sun were a vital part of the lives of Durham during the 30's, 40's, 50's 60's, 70's 80's and 90's. The newspapers remained in her family for over 100 years.
To the end of her life, she was a keen observer of the world around her, and she took from it all she could consume. With politics, it was wise not to approach the subject. Her love of life, daring humor, elegance of the word and thought, piercing wit, and intellectual hunger will be missed. Suzanne's constant travels all over the world, especially Switzerland and England, convinced her that people were good everywhere and should be admired. Mrs. Godwin's southern roots were evident in her love for Durham, it's old houses and streets, and the sweet smell of tobacco. She was proud of her home on East Forest Hills Blvd. designated historic by the Durham Preservation Society.
Suzanne was a determined member of that small and tenacious group of people who lived life to the fullest and counted as her friends all members of the Durham community. She showed courage and determination in her late years and remained an independent woman. Suzanne was a patron of the arts and had a strong and rewarding association with the Nasher Museum at Duke University. It was a grande finale to a long and fabulous life which consisted of great fun, friends, family, and laughter. Now her spirit soars with the angels. Mrs. Godwin was predeceased by her loving husband, Cecil Raymond Godwin, Jr.
Surviving are daughters, Robin Wallace Godwin and Meredith Rollins Godwin Wellendorf; sister, Betty Wallace and brother-in-law, Thomas Mack Godwin.
Bon Voyage to our beautiful mother, sister, and friend. We will honor our fabulous Suzanne with loving and happy memories. You will live in our hearts forever.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Godwin family.
Published by The News & Observer on Dec. 4, 2013.