Obit: Suzanne Shomaker

Obit: Suzanne Shomaker

December 25th, 2013 in Obituaries
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Suzanne B. Shomaker, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 after a brief illness. She was a resident of Signal Mountain, Tenn., since 1954. Suzanne was born in Homestead, Fla., and attended Florida State College for Women, now known as Florida State University, and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority where she received the Pan-Hellenic honor. Later in her life, Suzanne received an additional degree from Chattanooga State in Accounting. She taught elementary school for several years in Homestead, spent time as an active housewife, raised four children and most recently worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Chattanooga. She was always active in the Episcopal Church. Among many things, she was a Sunday school teacher, member of the altar guild, assisted with feeding the homeless, helped prepare the newsletter and was a member of the prayer shawl group who hand knitted prayer shawls for those members in need. Suzanne was active in her children's education volunteering in many capacities. She was a past member of the Signal Mountain Garden Club. Most recently, she volunteered at Erlanger Medical Center in the gift shop and was a member of the Erlanger Women's Auxiliary. She also enjoyed traveling and reading. Suzanne is preceded in death by her husband Frank Ashley Shomaker; and her parents Robert Baldwin Brown and Mary Dana Brown. Suzanne is survived by her children, Ashley Shomaker (Janet), of Knoxville, Bob Shomaker (Kim), of Soddy Daisy, Dede Young (Steve), of Roswell, Ga., and Tish Gailmard (Chris), of Signal Mountain. She loved and adored her eleven grandchildren Chris Shomaker, Taylor Shomaker, Jennings Shomaker, Wyatt Shomaker, Rob Shomaker, Daniel Shomaker, Stephen Young, Garrett Young, Will Gailmard, Alden Gailmard, Walter Gailmard; and two great-granddaughters Lainey Gailmard and Kate Shomaker. Family will receive friends at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Signal Mountain on Friday, Dec. 27, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with the service immediately following officiated by the Rev. John E. Dukes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Avenue, Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.