Susannah Lee

Hamilton County

Susannah Crist Lee died, surrounded by family passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.A private service followed.She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James Caldwell Lee. Following their marriage in January 1952, they moved to the bluff home they built on Lookout Mountain Ga., where they resided until several years ago. Their two daughters, Rowena Belcher (Lookout Mountain, Ga.) and Susan Davis (Whidbey Island, Wash.) survive her, as do grandsons, Taylor and Beau Belcher and Hunter and Morgan Davis. Her sister, Virginia Stone, of Gloucester, Mass., also survives.Susannahs youth was spent in New Jersey, but her roots were in the South. Her parents were the late Virginia Gilmer Crist, of Anderson, S.C. and G. William Crist, of Montgomery, Ala. Thus, in addition to the members of her immediate family, she is survived by a widely scattered group of more distantly related family members. At the time of her death, she was in the application process to the Society of Mayflower Descendents, as a bloodline descendent of James Chilton, one of the Mayflower's 29 passengers.Susannah was a very bright, passionate person who enjoyed a full and active life demonstrating exceptional creative talents in textile artistry, culinary skills and gardening.Following a preparatory education at Miss Bairds School, in Morristown, N.J., she took her degree in Religion and Philosophy from Sweetbriar College. She was presented as Bride of the Year at the Cotton Ball of 1952. She served as a member of the Junior League and participated widely as a volunteer in the community, including serving as head of the Chamber of Commerce Area Beautification Committee and in work with the Area Literacy Committee. Prior to raising her family, Susannah worked as a librarian in the Chattanooga Public Library and later returned to the workplace with WTCI in various capacities for several years. Her proudest accomplishment was the quiz show Toss Up which she created, directed and produced. Teams of students from local high schools competed with each other for bragging rights as the Smartest and Brightest. She wound up her media career by serving as a newspaper reporter/columnist for the Lookout Mountain Mirror. Accompanied by family members and friends, she travelled extensively not only in North and Central America, but also across Europe and the Near East.She was a communicant of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain.The family expresses deep appreciation for our large extended family of the staff at The Terrace at Mountain Creek, where Susannah and Jim have lived for the past several years. We also thank her devoted Hospice team who brought each of us comfort and support in this difficult transition period of life.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation of time and talent to one of the many local causes in need and for which you find passion.

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