STOUT SUSAN MARY STOUT Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Susan Mary Stout, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 3, 2017. Susan was born to Joseph and Juanita Schweikhart on November 12, 1942 in Cincinnati, OH. She was the younger sister ("The Brat") to Lt. Col. Richard Schweikhart ("The King"), with the two remaining extremely close throughout their whole lives. Ever the one to push boundaries and defy convention, Susan was a precocious child, constantly coming home with all sorts of snakes and others animals in her pockets and entertaining her mother's clients in their in-home beauty salon. Susan overcame long odds in her life with determination and grace. At a young age she contracted polio and was told she would never walk again. Susan proved everyone wrong. Following over more than a year in a full body cast, she not only walked again but went on to live a full and active life, including many, many rounds of golf with her family and friends. Later in life, Susan stared down and defeated cancer four different times. Susan enjoyed as much success in her professional life as she did in her personal life, spending her entire career working in and with government. After working in the Ohio Governor's Office, Susan moved to Washington, DC to work in the United States Congress. In 1983 she joined the American Meat Institute as Director, Legislative Affairs. From 1990 until her retirement, Susan served as Vice President, Federal Affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA). At GMA, she worked closely with member company government relations executives in presenting GMA's views to Congress and the Administration. She was a tireless and effective advocate, building many strong bipartisan relationships and was well recognized for her collaboration with industry groups. Throughout her career, Susan also served as an inspiration and mentor to many, particularly to young women. Susan was a force of nature, known for her incredible intelligence, strength, determination, loyalty and love. Her easy-going smile and simple grace brought everyone closer to her - the only people that didn't count her as a friend were those that she had not yet met. Susan is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her children Brian (Jennifer), Todd, Randy and Michelle; her grandchildren Lily, Isabel, Joshua and Jeffrey; her father-in-law William, Sr.; her sister-in-law Sandy (Loring); her nieces and nephew Ashley, Joey, Halle (Geoff) and Laura; and her grandnephews Jaxon, Cyrus, Jaden and Trey. Per her request, no funeral services will be held. Susan was loved by so many and her memory, her inspiration and her love will always live on with her family and friends.Susan was loved by so many and her memory, her inspiration and her love will always live on with her family and friends.
Published by The Washington Post on Nov. 12, 2017.