Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Suzanne Marie BROYHILL

March 19, 1937January 2, 2020

On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Suzanne “Suzy” Broyhill passed away in Arlington, Virginia. Suzy was born on March 19, 1937 in Toledo, Ohio, to Doris and Paul Meinert. She was the second of two daughters; her sister, Marilyn Rothschild resides in Colorado. Suzy graduated from Rossford High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami of Ohio University.

Suzy possessed a remarkable ability to make everyone feel right at home, whether in Arlington, Greenville, Boca Raton, Toledo or anywhere. She engaged people from all walks of life and made them feel at ease. Upon meeting Suzy, one later might receive a surprise birthday gift or yearly Christmas card. No one could remember or share a joke better than Suzy. She had an uncanny ability to bridge the generations, which was much appreciated by everyone, especially her children and grandchildren.

Suzy wholeheartedly embraced her community and her roots. Her volunteer endeavors included the Wolf trap Foundation, Virginia Hospital Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Elon College, Randolph-Macon Academy, Marymount University, and many local and state charities. Suzy’s infectious spirit brought out the best in others when it came to lending a hand. While Virginia was her home for decades, Suzy frequently returned to Ohio for high school and college reunions and loved her second home in Florida.

Family was paramount. Suzy was preceded in death by her first husband, Greg Rothe. The Rothe family includes daughter, Kimi (Chris Lutz), and Suzy’s stepsons, Terry (Terri) and Jeff (Jackie), 10 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. In 1981 Suzy and the Honorable Joel Broyhill were married which gave her three stepdaughters, Nancy Broyhill (Bob Gilbert), Jane Anne Houser (Richard), and Jeanne Broyhill (Joe Ventrone), four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Suzy was “Grammy.” In 2006, Joel and Suzy celebrated their 25th anniversary. Sadly Joel died later in 2006; Suzy often referred to him as “the love of my life.”

A visitation will be held at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Saturday, January 4th. A memorial service will be held the following day, Sunday, January 5th at 3 PM at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA.

Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to be made to St. Jude’s research Hospital.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 5, 2020


Suzanne Marie BROYHILL

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Andy Kostic

January 8, 2020

She was my next door neighbor as I was growing up and my first babysitter.

She was a wonderful person and I am sure she has a place in Heaven.

Myra Johnson Jackson

January 5, 2020

So saddened to hear this. I spent a good deal of time at Ms. Broyhill’s growing up with Kimi. Such a sweet lady, always Hospitable, kind and full of smiles! So sorry Kimi and family. Thinking of and praying for you during this time.

Diana Mains

January 5, 2020

Suzy added sunshine every where!! Florida and Virginia's major public relations queen. Hugh withdraw symptoms for all of us fortunate enough to have been part of her life....LOL

John Zangas

January 5, 2020

My sincere condolences to Suzy’s family and friends.

Suzy lived a wonderful life of love and thoughtfulness by caring for her family and friends simply by following a cardinal golden rule of life: treat others as you would like to be treated.

It was by this she had many friends and left many golden memories.

We are going to miss her terribly. We can rejoice in celebrating her life and having known her and her thoughtfulness and kindness she left behind as gifts with us.

Suzy, Rest In Peace in a place angels know well.

Faith Gorham

January 4, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Your family. I have nothing but absolutely beautiful memories of spending time with Kimi and Suzy when Kimi and I were in high school and visiting with them after graduation. Suzy was a kind, loving and fun person to be around. I will always remember fondly all of our chats in her kitchen and I feel blessed that I grew up around her. I hope that peace and comfort blanket your family during this difficult time.

Inge Horn

January 3, 2020

Suzi’s Zest for living was contagious and she was such fun and so kind. Though I didn’t see her as much as I would have wished I cherish the time we spent together and our phone calls.it is so good to know how
Much she enjoyed life and her family. the world was a warmer place because of Suzi and I am grateful for her friendship.