Florence (Suzy) Mead of Kenora, Ontario passed away peacefully on July 2, 2016 at Birchwood Terrace.
Suzy was born in Brooklyn, New York, August 12, 1919. Her parents were Florence Smart and Robert Campbell. She lived in Chicago, Illinois until she attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where she met George W Mead. They were married in Chicago on Jun 21, 1941.
Suzy lived a very full life for her ninety-six years. She traveled extensively managing to visit all seven continents – including the Antarctic, on a Russian research vessel. She ran a successful business at Spruce Island Camp on Lake of the Woods, Ontario for twenty years. She taught at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and many of the local schools in the Kenora area. Together with her husband George, they produced many musicals throughout their career at Valleyview and Beaver Brae Public Schools. She was also a published author, writing and publishing four poetry books and one play. Suzy was editor and contributor of the Through the Kenora Gateway, a history book about Kenora and Lake of the Woods.
Suzy was an active member of the Lake of the Woods Writers Group and an Associate Member of the Retired Teachers Association of Ontario. Throughout her life she was consistent and active member of the Lutheran Church. She was a committed member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenora, Ontario where she was the organist until April of 2016.
Together, George and Suzy had eight children. She is predeceased by George and daughter, Merrily Mead. She is survived by her children, Rennie Cornish (Mark) of Yelm, WA; Janna Sadlovsky (Harvey) of Long Prairie, MN; James Mead (Christina) of Yakima, WA; Russell Mead (Heidi) of Upper LaHave, Nova Scotia; Ruth Foster of Olympia, WA; Lois Dale (Paul) of Kenora, ON and Marilyn Duffield (Scott) of Kenora, ON. She has eighteen grandchildren – Lisa Mayland; Brent Lidberg; Merrily Sadlovsky, Morgan & Kira Mead; Melissa Thalken; Juniper Barasky; Carson Mead; Nikki Mead; Matthew Sadlovsky; Jeremy Gaulke; Laurelly Dale; Christopher Gaulke; James Dale; Blake Duffield, Joel Duffield; Nicholas Gaulke; and Lauren Duffield. Suzy also has nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
The family wishes to acknowledge the staff at Birchwood Nursing Home for their consistent care. Suzy quite often communicated that she enjoyed living there. We also would like to thank the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for all the wonderful friendship, care, comfort and support they provided our Mom. Suzy was very fond of her church family.
If so desired, donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Lutheran Church of Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation or your choice of charity in Suzy’s honour.
A Memorial Service for Suzy will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Alcock Funeral Home in Keewatin, Ontario at 10:30 am. Light lunch will be provided at the funeral home following the service.