In Memory

Suzanne Williams VIEW PROFILE

March 8, 1947 — March 17, 2008

Suzanne Williams Stauss passed away Monday, March 17, at Brookstone Special Care Center in Salem.

Suzanne was born in Chicago March 8, 1947, to Harry C. Williams and Neta Jo Jackson Williams. Later, the family moved to Corvallis and the parents divorced. Neta Jo married Harland Pratt in 1953. Suzanne attended Harding School and Franklin and Highland View junior high schools, and graduated from Corvallis High School.

After high school, Suzanne and Randy Stauss of Corvallis were married and lived in Dayton and Carson City, Nevada, where Randy was an artist in Virginia City Clubs. They later divorced and Suzanne worked in San Francisco for the California Farmer magazine-newspaper and at the Reno Shotgun News.

Later Suzanne returned to Salem and worked in graphics at the Statesman Journal newspaper. After additional schooling, she opened her own graphics business in Salem. At this time, she also served as editor for the Marion County Historical Society and was responsible for the publication of the “Marion County History large volume XV,” in 1998. Later, Suzanne started having health problems, which made necessary the closing of her graphics business and her being placed in a care center in late 2006.

Suzanne enjoyed her dogs, trips to Central Oregon high desert country, fishing on the Deschutes River and rock hunting. She also enjoyed frequent trips to Ajo, Arizona, for camping and rock hunting.

Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother, Harry M. Williams of Corvallis; stepfather Harland Pratt of Corvallis; and by a longtime friend and caregiver in Salem.

At Suzanne’s request, no services will be held and her ashes will be scattered on the upper Deschutes River near Bend.

Click here to see Suzanne's last Profile entry.