She was born on April 9, 1938 in Celina, Ohio to the late George and Jane (Riley) Smalley. Suzanne is survived by her son John R. Marion of Pittsburgh, Pa., her brother and sister-in-law George D. and Linda Smalley of Florida and two sisters and brother-in-laws Myra and Ron Mutzelburg of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by Julie Bechant of Naples, Fla., her friend Eric Gustavson of The Villages, Fla., special niece Michele M. and Mike Maloney of Dayton, Ohio and several other nieces and nephews. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents George and Jane (Riley) Smalley and grandmother Eulalie Riley.
Suzanne graduated from the Immaculate Conception Catholic High School in 1956 and received her elementary education degree from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a teacher (K-6) in Ohio, Indiana and Louisiana until she retired.
Suzanne was a Lady with lots of style, class, elegance and loving care! She was the historian of the family (she knew everyone and everything about them). She was a devoted and caring teacher her entire life, she treated every student as if they were her own child and made each feel the "Sky was the Limit!" Anyone she came in contact with became an instant friend and would listen and talk to her for hours. She was very outgoing and always on the go, loved to shop (the countless designer shoes and clothes filled to the top of the closet) and during her retirement years enjoyed golfing, going to the casino or watching the horse races. More than anything she enjoyed dancing the night away on the square. She never missed out on an opportunity or invitation to relish a "gin and tonic, glass of wine or her favorite bloody mary!" She would argue with the best, but cared so much like the rest!
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday April 29 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Celina, Ohio, with Fr. Ken Alt officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, W. Anthony St. Celina, Ohio 45822 or Dementia Care Foundation 69531 213th St. Darwin, MN 55324.
Condolences maybe left at LHDfuneralhome.com.
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