Suzann Craig Long
After a 14 year battle with Pickís Disease, an advanced form of dementia, Suzann Craig Long, of Florence, SC died peacefully on April 8, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 66 years old. Born on August 21, 1950, in Lewisburg, TN, Suzann dedicated her life to sharing her enthusiasm and God-given blessings with others. She was able to finely balance her professional career and community involvement while being a devoted mother. More than anything, her children were her most prized accomplishments. Her time around her home was filled with gardening, cooking, and playing the piano. Suzann was an avid member of Toast Masterís and was a member of St. Johnís Church in Florence, SC. She had a servantís heart and was happiest when helping others.
Suzann was a member of the Marshall County High School Class of 1968. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to receive a Master of Education of the Deaf from Georgia State University. She devoted her professional life to the needs of the deaf and deafblind community as an educator and an advocate for more than 25 years. Suzannís passion and compassion for children and families with hearing impairments and dual-sensory impairments was demonstrated in everything she did. Her commitment to empower families of hearing impaired children and youth was demonstrated through numerous programs and the creation of a local summer camp to provide fun, educational experiences for children in need of sensory support. Her love for children unsurprisingly extended beyond her profession. Suzann served as a Sunday School teacher at
St. Johnís Church for many years and loved volunteering in church activities where she found joy, in particular, in helping with the St. Johnís Annual Christmas Pageant.
Suzann was preceded in death by her parents, Ann Sweeney Craig of Lewisburg, TN and William T. Craig of Belfast, TN. She is survived by her three children, Ron Jr. (Sheril) of McEwen, TN, Michael (Theresa), and Morgan Charles (Russell) of Florence, SC; two sisters, Eleanor Craig (Patsy) of Cedar Bluff, AL, Martha Jane Locke of Lewisburg, TN, and three brothers, Douglas Craig (Brenda) of Alcoa, TN, David Craig (Belinda) of Shelbyville, TN, and Sam Craig (Betsy) of Winchester, TN. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Hailey, Courtney and Riley Long; Henry, Abigail, Lucy and Faith Long; and Zoe and Reese Charles.
A celebration of Suzannís life will be on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 12 p.m. at St. Peterís Episcopal Church, Columbia, TN. The family will receive friends prior to the service, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House (www.mcleodhospice.org) in Thanksgiving for their loving care of Suzann and her family, or to St. Peterís Episcopal Church (311 West 7th Street Columbia, TN 38401).
Please send messages to the family at the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.