Susan M. McConnell Parry

April 26, 1940December 28, 2013

On December 28th, Susan succumbed to the consequences of a stroke suffered in September. Born in New York City, she grew up on Long Island and in northern New Jersey. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Georgetown University in 1962, she worked for two years at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She completed a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of Michigan in 1966, when she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to work at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She and Richard were married in Chapel Hill in December of that year. The newly-wed couple moved to Decatur in the fall of 1967 when Richard started teaching at Agnes Scott College. Susan worked at Emory University School of nursing, then Georgia Mental Health Institute, in the birth-defect survey, and finally in continuing education at Emory University Hospital. After the arrival of their children, Matthew and Amy, and a sabbatical year in Oxford, England, Susan settled into her distinguished career at DeKalb Medical Center. Serving as head nurse on several floors, she honed her unique leadership style, which endeared her to many. After a brief retirement, she returned as chief nursing officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services, a deeply satisfying period of her nursing career. Finally retiring in 2005, Susan served on the board of DeKalb Medical and co-authored, with Dr. Wytch Stubbs, a history of the hospital. During this time, she organized, with her characteristic charm and enthusiasm, the Health care Ministry at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in downtown Atlanta. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling and lighting up the lives of her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, James E. and Joan P. McConnell, and her sister, Margot Jeannette. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard, by her son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Megan, and their three children, Hazen, Katherine and Claire; and by her daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Brad Lawrence, and their son, Henry. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by the Reverend Thomas R. Flynn at the Basilica, 353 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308, at 2 o’clock, Saturday, January 4, 2014. A visitation for family and friends will be Friday January 3 from 6 until 8 o’clock with prayers being at 7:30 at Patterson’s Spring Hill Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the DeKalb Medical Foundation. Online condolences may be made at


  • Mass of the Resurrection Saturday, January 4, 2014
  • Vistation & Prayers Friday, January 3, 2014

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Cynthia Davis

July 27, 2014

Susan was a great light in so many lives and made a difference. What a blessing.

E. JoAnn Bacon

March 20, 2014

Just today I heard of Susan's death. I am stunned. Susan was a wonderful person - so warm, professional and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to know her and she will be missed. My thoughts are with her family.

Michael Clarken

January 27, 2014

What a voice! And now it has been stilled, but even 48 years after I first met Susan with her husband-to-be, Richard, in Chapel Hill, it will forever be synonomous with my initial image of the unconditional love and papable affection that radiated from their relationship, and which radiates still in the memories of all those who have been touched by the example of their lives. Vaya con Dios, Richard and Susan.

Julie Hynes Lococo

January 14, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Lew Rowell

January 7, 2014

So sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you. I knew Susan at DMC and our friendship spanned 37 years. She was so wonderful. God bless.

John & Diana Bennett

January 5, 2014

Our sincerest condolences on the passing of a wonderful Palleck cousin !

January 5, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Susan's passing. Such a great lady. She is loved by so many and will be greatly missed. May the family find peace knowing that she was such an inspiration to so many.

Helen Ebaugh, Lilburn, GA

Terri Dozier

January 4, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to Susan's family during this tough time! Susan was an inspiration to us all and was always there with a hug, a smile, or words of encouragement! I consider her one of the finest nurses I have ever worked with! Our DeKalb family has lost a dear friend and we will miss her so much!

Barbara French

January 4, 2014

Susan will never be forgotten for her many accomplishments and contributions but for me it will be the warmth and sincerity she generated as she touch my life and others. Her family will be in my prayers for comfort during this time.

January 3, 2014

You were a great lady and a dear friend. Rick and I pray for the comfort and healing of your family. You have left the world a better place, and all who love you will miss you very much.
Dannie Bell