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Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home

4216 South Bowen Road, Arlington, TX

OBITUARY

Susan Scott Ackerman

April 14, 1928October 27, 2019

Susan Irene Scott was born to Irene Scott and Piera Prather in 1928. They lived in Doylestown, Ohio, where her sister Lillian was born four years later. Music was the focus of Susan’s life from a young age, beginning by performing in elementary school and continuing throughout her life. At seven she would ride the bus by herself to Akron, Ohio, thirty miles round trip, just to take piano lessons. Susan went to college at the University of Cincinnati School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, studying under internationally known pianist Robert Goldsand. She was a member of Delta Omicron, an honors music fraternity. She married in 1950 and moved to Dallas, Texas where she had four children. Susan loved being a mom and continued sharing her joy in music with her children and her many piano students which she taught for over 50 years. She was a member of Dallas and Grand Prairie Music Teachers Associations as well as playing for weddings, recitals, high school choir and musical showcases, and University Interscholastic League (UIL). She also volunteered her time playing the organ for her Methodist Church and directing the choir. Over the years one of her favorite musical activities continued to be playing piano duets, though her favorite piano partner was her sister, Lillian. Even after her diagnosis of Alzheimer's she was able to share her talent and inspire delight in all who were near.

Susan is survived by her children Jenny Ackerman Reynolds and husband Craig Reynolds; Laurie Ackerman Greer and husband Don Greer, and Becky Ackerman Rothrock and husband Randy Rothrock; grandchildren Willy P. Rothrock and wife Cinzia Rothrock, Robert Rothrock, Colyn Elizabeth Turnbow and husband Logan Turnbow, Jonathan Scott Barry and wife Nina Ivanova Barry, Devon Adrianna Greer, Valerie Scott Reynolds, McKenna Kalen Greer, Savannah Leigh Reynolds, and Keira Brinnea Greer; and sister Lillian Armentrout; great grandchildren Jacob Turnbow, Riley Rothrock, Emma Rothrock. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lyman Ackerman, son Steven Scott Ackerman and brother-in-law Everett "Army" Armentrout.

  • DONATIONS

  • Dallas Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Reception Friday, November 1, 2019

Memories

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Randy Rothrock

October 30, 2019

I have so many good memories of Susan from over the years. She lived with Becky and I for over 13 years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. A lot of the memories were just some of the familiar routines like making her favorite breakfast, poached egg on toast...cooked just right, nice and gooey. Watching her "slick the cat" as she would call it as pet our cat sitting in her lap.

We always knew when she was having a good day as she would play the piano and all the familiar tunes that would fill our house with joy and a lot of Frosty the Snowman around Christmas!

Willy P Rothrock

October 30, 2019

Unfortunately, in my relatively short life of 43 years I have lost more friends than family. Each loss brings up a mired flood of memories. I talk openly about the good times shared with the ones we’ve lost. Silently, I reflect on the ways I could have been a better friend or relative. I certainly could have been a better student. I think Susan gave me all of three lessons before I gave up. I wanted to learn how to play songs on the piano and Susan insisted on me practicing scales and exercises. Foundational skills are incredibly underappreciated by the young. I was no exception. Becky’s right. What a blessing that she was able to live her entire life without losing the ability to do the thing she loved so much. Susan’s love is going to live on through her students (the good students.) Every musician she has taught will remember Susan when they go to teach others or watch their own children’s recitals. When I went to watch Emma’s junior high band concert I reflected on my own junior high concerts. I thought how painful they must have been to endure and remembered my teacher up in front of us with one eye shut and turning one ear away from the onslaught of creeks, bangs and hoots. It takes a special kind of love and patience to whither through the cringing sound of beginner piano players and mold them into musicians. I suppose being a music teacher is like a social investment. You pay heavily up front, but the more you put in the faster it grows. I wonder how many students Susan taught. Music teachers really do sacrifice a lot to make the world more pleasant. Susan certainly made this world a better place.

Rebecca Adams

October 30, 2019

Susan was not only a neighbor, but a dear family friend for 65 years. She epitomized the amazingly capable "stay-at-home" mom of the 1950s and 1960s. Not only did she lovingly care for her family, but she shared her love of music and piano with many more. She was my first piano teacher when I was about 6 years old. I remember Susan going shopping for pianos with my mom. Susan played every used piano until she found a suitable "practice" piano at a price my family could afford. And she did this for a total beginner! And that is just one story of how she loved us all.

Laurie Greer

October 30, 2019

Special Saturday night routine of bath night, Mom rolling our hair in curlers in front of TV (Mission Impossible) wearing pajamas, eating popcorn and drinking A&W root beer. Piggyback rides to bed. Mom tucking us in clean sheets with sweet dreams and kisses. Then from the living room we would hear her playing the piano, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, to lullaby is to sleep.

Becky Rothrock

October 30, 2019

My mom had such a big heart. She loved to share her love of music. Through this journey she never lost the ability to play the piano or sing songs. What a blessing.

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