Suzanne E. Hood, of Asbury Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland, died on October 16, 2019. Suzanne was born in Grant County, Indiana in the city of Marion on March 3, 1934 to Victor and Dorothy Lucille (Moore) Hood, the fourth of six children. She is survived by her brother Howard K. Hood of Potomac, Maryland, and her sister Barbara E. Miller (Kenneth) of Satellite Beach Florida, as well as 15 nieces and nephews, 25 grandnieces and nephews, and 4 great-grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Alfred Hood and James Hood, and by her sister Anne Cleverly. Her partner and companion of 62 years, John Minton, died in August, 2018.
Susie was devoted and attentive to her many nephews and nieces. As she put it, she "had a calendar full!" Knowing what everyone in the family was up to brought her great joy. Susie developed a lifelong love of music from her parents and siblings. She played the cello and piano, sang in church choirs, and performed in the University of Maryland Symphony and the Montgomery County (MD) Symphony.
After graduating from Marion High School in Indiana, she moved with the family to the D.C. Metro area and attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a double minor in chemistry and zoology. After graduation, Susie wrote for Signal Magazine, a journal of the Armed Forces and Electronics Association, while studying at George Washington University for a Masters degree in Education.
Susie's teaching career included 28 years in the D. C. Public Schools at Lafayette Elementary School and Powell Elementary School, and she tutored at The Lab School in the District and was a volunteer tutor for the Montgomery County Public Schools. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, MD where she served on the vestry and sang in the choir.
Services will be held at the Guild Chapel of Asbury Methodist Village on November 9, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends and family following the service, with interment afterward at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.