Susan Archibald Stone

August 24, 1932February 21, 2018
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Susan Archibald Stone, 85, died on February 21, 2018, at Saint Anne Home. Born August 24, 1932, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert Kenneth Archibald and Velma June (Harrod). A graduate of Central High School and Franklin College, she was a teacher, social worker, and journalist, and was retired from "The News~Sentinel". For many years she served as a reporter, feature writer, and food editor. She took a deep interest in news, reading newspapers and "Time" magazine cover to cover, and remained intellectually vibrant to the end of her life. She belonged to Fort Wayne Baptist Church, the American Association of University Women, and Psi Iota Xi, Pi Chapter.

Survivors include her daughter, Amy (John) Beatty of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Robert and Julia of Fort Wayne; and goddaughter, Martha May (Marshall) Gentry. Service is 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 West Berry Street, with calling from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Calling also from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 420 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Saint Anne Home or the Trinity Episcopal Spiritual Wreath Fund.


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Dennis and Nancy Noak

February 28, 2018

You have our heartfelt sympathy at your loss of Susan. We enjoyed her dedication to Fort Wayne Baptist. She always had good ideas for our church growth and a true dedication to missions. It was a joy talking with her always. She was an inspiration to all.
Dennis and Nancy Noak

Chris Sanderson

February 27, 2018

Susan's ankle was giving her difficulty in the sand, so John and Jake decided to carry Queen Susan and her chariot down to Lake Michigan so she could be in the middle of the action. I remember she quite enjoyed the ride! :D

February 26, 2018

Susan was one of my oldest friends. I could always count on her for advice on various things. She was a strong support of Peace and Reconciliation efforts worldwide and was very committed to praying for Rev. Dan Buttry, an American Baptist Missionary who teaches peace and reconciliation worldwide. She read everything. From fluffy mysteries to books on astronomy by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Although her body was weak, her mind was as strong as it ever had been to the last moment. She will be sorely missed. Diana Sowards

Lisa Esquivel Long

February 22, 2018

I'm sorry to hear of Susan's passing, though I know she was ready. She was a well-intentioned and caring woman.
I remember when I started full time at The News-Sentinel she asked me, "How long are you staying?"
Believing she thought I was interning and would be gone soon, I said, "I hope till my retirement."
"No, I mean today. I need a ride home."
So practical. I drove her home a few times and learned more about her.


Susan Archibald, center, with her mother, Velma June (Harrod) Archibald, grandmother Edith (Bowen) Archibald, and her aunt, Evelyn Archibald, 1936


Susan with her grandson, Robert, about 2003.


Susan Stone at Christmas, 1978.


Susan Stone, far left, with her cousins, Gloria Harper and Jean Sanderson, at the Hat Luncheon to benefit Fort Wayne parks.


Susan with her granddaughter, Julia, 2012.