Susan Thear Llewellyn passed away April 1 in Plattsburgh, N.Y., from complications of Alzheimer's, she would have turned 74 next month. Though born in Springfield, Mass., in 1944 Susie proudly called Plattsburgh home and lived most of her life in The Point Historic District. Her mother, Phyllis Jane (Wright) Llewellyn was born here, and her father Don was stationed at Plattsburgh Barracks, 26th Infantry. Whenever Don was reassigned, Jane, Susie and her older brothers Don Jr. and Stewart loved their new adventures, running across snowy rooftops in Nome, Alaska, or eating coconuts in Puerto Rico.
She graduated from PHS and worked at the Base, and then for thirty years at the City Clerk's Office. Susie would say with a sly chuckle that she told every police officer that "I do your paycheck so you better be nice to me." She scanned the papers each Friday in search of auctions for vintage Bakelite jewelry, Plattsburgh memorabilia, Barbara Streisand's every recording, and much more. Plattsburgh was her devotion including politicking for the City's employee union or for Clyde Rabideau's re-elections. Vintage clothes and high heels were her style in the 1960s and 70s, and she would throw fantastic parties, supplying flamboyant hats for all. She could be boisterously funny, a little ribald and sometimes outrageous - and loved being the center of attention. She could also be stubborn, and everyone knew that her best friend Debbie had the patience of Job.
Any visit to the family home usually included a "Susie" project that must be accomplished to earn maple walnut ice cream. The garden's beautiful sunflower fence was one of these assignments. She was devoted to her mother Jane, but she always had a soft spot for her nieces Kim and Katy, and nephew Dave.
Susie is survived by Deborah Barrett, brother Don and his spouse Carol, niece Kimberly Llewellyn and her partner Jim Joyal, nephew Dave Llewellyn and his spouse Mandy, Yuki Llewellyn, six grandnieces and nephews, and her dog Max. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. To read a longer memory, share a photo, story, or condolence with Susie's family, please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Alzheimer's is terrible, but its one kindness is that Susie never knew the outcome of the last presidential election. For her, Hillary is now POTUS, Clyde is serving a sixth term as mayor, and all is right with the world.
Published on April 13, 2018