Judith Suzannah Tilton
1935 - 2018
Judith Suzannah Tilton

Judith Suzannah Tilton went to the Other Side at 4pm on February 22, 2018. She was born on October 14, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio. A loyal graduate of Marietta College in Ohio, she taught high school science at Wheaton Academy in Illinois, Ashland Academy in Ohio, Union College in Kentucky, Good Shepherd School for five years in Ethiopia, and concluded her career in Durham, North Carolina, when in 1988 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome forced her to retire. Thereafter she was a member of several book clubs and support groups in the Research Triangle.

Suzannah met Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott in the Spring of 1996, and they lived together as domestic partners until the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. They sealed their vows in Holy Matrimony on September 26, 2013. With Virginia, Suzannah moved into Cedar Crest Village where she made many friends who loved her for her intelligence, compassion, and dry wit. She became "Nana" to Virginia's son, Paul, daughter-in-law, Barbara, and three granddaughters, Miranda, Sarina and Corrine.

She will be sadly missed by her loving spouse, Virginia, her closest friends, Debra Morrison and Deborah Reale, and many friends at Cedar Crest and in the organizations known as Christian Feminism Today and Sisterly Conversations. She was predeceased by her brother, John Tilton, and is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Tilton, and three nephews, David, Brent and Eric.

A memorial service will be held in the Cedar Crest Chapel in Pompton Plains, NJ on Saturday, March 10th at 1pm.

Sleep sweetly and enjoy heaven, darling Suzannah.

Published by The Record/Herald News on Feb. 25, 2018.
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Memorial service
Cedar Crest Chapel
Pompton Plains, NJ
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Judith Suzannah, enjoy eternal bliss with Virginia!
Rita Voors
February 19, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Suzannah's passing. I met her and Virginia during my time with EEWC at conferences between 1998 and 2008. It was obvious how much they loved each other. She was a very sweet woman and I enjoyed meeting her.
Linda Davis
May 17, 2019
In many ways Susannah is still with us, even though she has been gone nearly a year. Her smile, her measured comments and her dry sense of humor remain in the movies of my mind. She is missed by many here at Cedar Crest. She left us far too soon. There is never enough time to be with the ones we care about. I wish I had known her sooner but glad for the time we were blessed to spend with her. HUGS to you Virginia! I know you miss her every day!
Sue and Bill
Susan McConnell
February 19, 2019
I just happened to look Suzannah up, and was saddened and touched to find her obituary. In the early eighties, when I lived in Chapel Hill, she was a wise and gentle guide to me when I was tumultuously coming out. She brought me the first Chris Williamson and Meg Christian records that I ever heard, and that changed my life. When I first met the woman who would be my life partner and wife, Suzannah detoured on a cross-country trip to meet her, check her out and declare her suitable! I'm glad that she met Virginia and found the kind of spiritual path that she had been seeking.
Karin McAdams
January 23, 2019
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Suzannah while interviewing Virginia for a documentary. Suzannah exuded such a gentle warmth and graceful wisdom. Suzannah and Virginia's supportive and deeply rooted love for one another was apparent to us, and I am so grateful to have received the gift of being in its presence.
Shannon & Ryan Jones
March 7, 2018
Oh, no! I am so saddened by this news. Suzannah was truly a noble person, an intelligent and gentle soul. I look forward to seeing her again on the Other Side. Love to you, Virginia, in this painful time. Don't rest in peace, Suzannah, dance!
Rita Voors
February 28, 2018
Suzannah was a gift to us all... her bright smile, her quiet wisdom, her patience in suffering pain after her back injury. We will miss you!
So grateful that you came into Virginia's life and gave her years of joy.
Anne Linstatter
February 27, 2018
I am grateful to everyone who has signed or will sign this book. My beloved life-companion was more loved than she ever
realized. I hope she knows it now!
Virginia Mollenkott
February 26, 2018
A woman of grace and beauty, quiet strength and deep wisdom... your light will remain in our hearts, and your smile will continue to brighten our days.
Sharon Miller
February 26, 2018
My heart and prayers go out to you, Virginia, as you grieve the loss of your beloved Suzannah. Her wisdom, wit, and kindness live on as she has entered a new adventure beyond our imagining. Love and Peace, Jann
Jann Aldredge-Clanton
February 26, 2018
a loved one
February 26, 2018
My sincere sympathy for Virginia and loved ones.
February 26, 2018
One of the wonderful women and a great supporter has now been greeted and has entered her final home. Thank you for all you did for us with your advocacies.Jean Rodenbough
Jea Rodenbough
February 25, 2018
While Suzannah was sometimes slow to speak in a group, she listened intently and crafted an oh-so-witty response, packed with honest compassion. She was a devoted partner to Virginia for 22 years and beloved friend to so very many of us. I loved her wry & knowing smiles and her fierce feminism, all wrapped up in one powerful woman. While I celebrate her now pain-free state, I miss her like crazy! My prayers continue for Virginia's, Paul's, Barbara's, Miranda's, Sarina's & Corrine's collective comfort.
Debra Morrison
February 25, 2018
This photo captures the kind, beautiful woman we came to know and love since we met her two years ago. We are so sad that we will never again enjoy her company at dinner. She was a champion of understatement. She frequently made me laugh. She was knowledgeable on many subjects so conversations were always interesting. We are heartbroken for you, Virginia. She will be missed by us and by many here at Cedar Crest. You have our love, hugs and our deepest condolences.
Bill and Sue McConnell
Susan McConnell
February 25, 2018
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