Susan Funk Williams passed away at her daughter’s home in Columbus, NC the morning of February 27, one month short of her 79th birthday. A 25-year resident of Oriental, NC, Sue had recently relocated to Columbus after an extended illness. Proud, feisty, and independent, Sue resisted leaving the home she loved until it was no longer feasible for her to live on her own.
Born in Coshocton, OH to Dr. John A. Funk and Ruth Cunningham Funk in 1942, Sue grew up in Tiffin, OH the oldest of three daughters. She attended Wittenberg University, where she was an Education major and member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Upon graduation from Wittenberg, she taught elementary school before marrying a fellow Tiffin Columbian HS classmate and Navy officer, Lt. Gary Williams. They began a peripatetic life together (and sometimes apart) as a Navy family, first when Gary debarked for a tour in Vietnam, and later as he was assigned to duty stations in Hawaii, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Japan.
Along the way, they raised their three children: Greg, Geoff, and Suzanne. Ever adaptable and resilient, Sue managed to embrace these difficult transitions to far-flung locations with grace and humor (imagine moving to a small house in a Japanese fishing village with three children under age 9 while your husband is away at sea...), setting an example that her children have tried to emulate themselves in their lives. Sue also had a daughter, Krista Olson, whom she gave up for adoption before marrying Gary. Sue and Krista reconnected many years later – a reunion that, by mutual acknowledgement, continues to enrich the lives of her children and grandchildren.
In retirement, Gary and Sue moved to Oriental NC, a small town on the intracoastal waterway, where they designed and built a home, embraced a community of good friends and neighbors, and pursued their love of boating and the outdoors surrounded by the beauty of coastal Carolina. Susan was an accomplished and confident gardener and cook, who passed these skills on to all of her children. She volunteered for the Pamlico County Library and Hospice thrift store, was active in the Neuse River Sailing club and Rotary Ladies group, and served as a board member and congregant at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gary. She is missed dearly by her beloved dog, Panda; son Greg Williams, his wife Mary and children Miller and Avery; son Geoff Williams, wife Nellie Williams and children Nicholas Williams-Shupp and Emma and Ella DaBolt; daughter Suzanne Feagan, husband Mark Feagan and children Jake and Allister Russell; daughter Krista Olson and children Eleanor and James Patrick; and sisters Nancy Mitchell and Anne Boncimino and their spouses and children.
Burial and memorial services for Susan are being arranged for a later date; McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice care organization of your choice.
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