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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Susan F. Reeves

September 14, 1957August 4, 2019
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Susan was born September 14, 1957 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Kathleen Kelly Foulk and Frank B. Foulk, Sr. Susan was the baby of the bunch, with three older brothers (Michael, Frank Jr., and Richard) who were not real sure what to do when this beautiful little blonde entered their lives…

During the summer of 1967, the family left Pittsburgh bound for Houston where Susan’s father was transferred. Susan began her Texas education in Spring Branch ISD at Meadow Wood Elementary School, followed by Spring Forest Junior High, Westchester High School and then on to Stratford Senior High School where she was a member of its first graduating class.

As a young girl, Susan had a love for and an exceptional talent in art and design. Knowing that this would be her career path, she entered the University of Texas at Austin to pursue art. Susan pledged Gamma Phi Beta Sorority - a sisterhood that provided most of her special friendships throughout her life - and also while at UT, she met and became friends with John Reeves. In 1979, Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and began her career in advertising and design at Mel Anderson Communications. Within a few years after college, Susan realized that John was no longer just her friend, but the love of her life and they married in 1983 at St. John Vianney Church in a ceremony by the beloved Father Joe Crosthwait.

At only 29 years of age, Susan had the maturity, wisdom and vision to start her own graphic design firm and in 1986, she partnered with another professional and founded Prism Design, Inc. Very few - if any - women started and led their own businesses in the 1980s, but Susan was passionate and determined. There were accolades and awards at every turn! From the Houston Business Journal Book of Lists to the Art Director’s Club of Houston to the International Association of Business Communicators and beyond, Prism earned gold and silver awards. But Susan’s greatest joy was that for many years, Prism Design, Inc. was in the Top 10 Graphic Design firms in Houston! Susan’s employees, colleagues and customers were always impressed with her unique vision, incredible design, forward-thinking concepts and generous spirit. Prism Design was her ‘child’ and she fed and nourished it to the fine reputation it earned. In 2017 when five feet of water poured into her beautiful home as an aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Susan made the onerous decision to let Prism go.

Throughout her life, Susan was dedicated to John and her family, always bringing everyone together for parties and events and annually hosting the entire family for Christmas. Susan was also Godmother to her niece Rachel, the first Foulk grandchild, with whom she shared her passion for art. After Susan’s father died in 1999, she was devoted to her best friend – her mother – and treasured their special time together in Houston as well as in their travels to France and beyond.

Susan spent much of her spare time serving for many years in multiple leadership roles of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority Houston Alumnae Chapter and volunteering her time as a champion to further the organization at the national and international level. She was also hired as designer for the international branding and merchandising campaign with Gamma Phi Beta Foundation in Denver which she loved doing. Last year, Susan was appointed to serve on the Board of the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association.

Susan is preceded in death by her father, Frank Benjamin Foulk, Sr. She is survived and missed by her dear husband John of 36 years, her mother, Kathleen Kelly Foulk, her brothers Michael Frank Foulk, his wife Diane, their son Matthew and their daughter Rachel; Frank Foulk Jr., his wife Katherine and their son, Christopher; and Richard Stephen Foulk; her brothers-in-law James Louis Reeves, his wife Marsha, and Charles Robert Reeves. Susan is also survived and forever loved by the special souls Smokey and Yogi – her Cairn and West Highland Terriers. She will always lovingly be remembered by her countless friends, relatives, in-laws, sorority sisters and business colleagues.

Susan was taken from us all much too soon and her love, loyalty and laughter will never be forgotten. Wherever her soul is bound, may there be beautiful, cool art and sculpture all around, a Mac for her many interests, art materials for her creative projects, Champagne to drink, vintage clothing and accessories to wear, wonderful food and may she be reunited with those friends and relatives she so dearly loved.

Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs. Susan would want us all to remember this.

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at 10:30AM on Monday, August 12th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079. The reception will begin immediately afterwards at 11:30AM followed by the burial at Memorial Oaks Cemetery at 1:30PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation for the Susan Foulk Reeves Gamma Phi Beta Memorial Scholarship. Checks should be sent to HAPF Treasurer, 5868 A-1 Westheimer Road, #342, Houston, TX 77057-5641. Please write Susan Foulk Reeves Gamma Phi Beta Memorial Scholarship on your check, Zelle or Square payment.

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Reception Monday, August 12, 2019

Memories

Susan F. Reeves

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carol kelly

August 11, 2019

How does one express the inexpressible: The shock, the grief, the pain, and the loss that we are all feeling at this time? While we can't be there in person, the entire Kelly family now offers its collective embrace, with hugs and tears, with love and prayers.
I wish there had been more one-on-one meetings with Susan in my own lifetime. I cherish those that we had, however: When she accompanied her mother to the funeral of my husband, Kathy's brother Richard Kelly, in 2005 and on her trip to Cincinnati (perhaps for sorority-related duties?) when we shared a delightful lunchtime together, reminiscing and laughing. That beautiful smile and the laughter: Unforgettable.
As for Susan's creative talents, I remember calling upon her as I worked on my WWII book when the graphics art team at Fordham University Press, after multiple attempts, hadn't come up with a suitable design or idea for the book jacket. Time to call in the A Team, my busy niece Susan herself. She provided at last six brilliant jacket designs, to which the folks at Fordham and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) gave a resounding HOO-YAH! Unfortunately, however, Susan's transmissions were lost by Fordham—how or why, we'll never know. Maybe in her frustration or perhaps to help ease me through the aggravation, our precious, fun-loving Susan created her own sayonara jacket design, a spoof on the book's title, which had been assigned by Fordham and which did not meet with ROA's approval: The Voices of My Comrades. Susan's jacket parody depicted the Three Stooges, dressed in military uniforms and wearing metal helmets, with the book title changed to read Da Voices of Me Comrades. Each time that I would become discouraged as the book inched toward publication (finally, in 2007), looking at Susan's jacket helped buoy my spirits.
To paraphrase the poet e.e. cummins, "We carry your heart with us (we carry it in our hearts)."

Amy Puchot

August 11, 2019

Amy Puchot

August 11, 2019

Susan ohh Susan, I will miss you so. You were so much more than a friend, you were my confidante whom I had complete trust and faith in. You were the best listener with sage advice.
You and John were our travel companion, wine aficionados, dinner guest and hosts and teacher of art, color and style.
You were a ‘golden gal’, with a brightness completed with your smile and laughter.
I can only hope to see you again someday.
Be with God.

Bonnie Sullivan

August 11, 2019

Susan and I became friends 11 years ago when she stopped to see my new puppy ...Dixie. From then on it was a lovely friendship with the dogs, John, and of course the hospitality of great neighbors.
We have moved from the neighborhood, but memories of many years still linger. God Bless you Susan, you will be missed.
Bonnie & Lenny Sullivan

Jim Veal

August 10, 2019

Susan was a wonderful Friend for over twenty years. Laughter, genuine kindness, gracious hospitality, delicious food and wine, always accompanied by her warm infectious smile. These are the memories that will sustain, and lessen the burden of loss. To John and all her Family and huge number of Friends, my most sincere condolences. May her memory always be a blessing

Gina Hemmings

August 9, 2019

We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn the news today of Susan’s passing. I’m Susan’s cousin and she and I kept in touch on Instagram; commenting on photos of our dogs, sharing recipes and a passion for marketing and design. As I phoned my siblings in Colorado and Ohio to share this tragic news, we were all stunned in disbelief. When my dad (Kathy’s brother) passed away a decade ago Susan and Aunt Kathy came to our home in Cincinnati and I remember catching up and talking for hours. That simple gesture of just showing up at that time touched us all so much. I wish Denver were a little closer to Houston and I could be there at the ceremony with you all.

May you find comfort in this Meditation for the Mourning

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
When we are weary and in need of strength,
When we are lost and sick at heart,
When we have joys we yearn to share,
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us, as
we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.

May your memories
Be a source of comfort for you.

Gina (Kelly) Hemmings, cousin

Chris Kelly

August 9, 2019

WOW. This was a shocker. MY first cousin I remember playing with as kids at their house in Pittsburgh with Richard when we were 5, 6, & 7 or a year or so older. We were all within 3 years of each other back in the day. Loved playing in their fruit tree area and board games in their lower level of their Pittsburgh house.

John, Aunt Kathy, and Cousins: Frank, Michael & Richard - I am hugging all of you and sharing in your tears of sadness but joyfulness in that we were all privileged to know her.

I was so lucky to be able to see her, John, & Aunt Kathy each time I had my business travels take me through Houston TX. She was always a gracious Southern hostess to me when I came by to John’s/Susan’s home in Houston; even during all those remodeling jobs of the house. Thank you both (Susan in heaven)!

I still remember when I came through town on my way back to moving to Colorado in the mid 80's and Susan was a perfect host showing me all around downtown Houston, showing me the sites and the newer underground Mall. We had a BLAST! WILL NEVER forget that trip.

Even though we did not talk on the phone a lot every time I saw her it felt like the days when we were kids playing in their fruit trees or house in Pittsburgh.

It is like time stood still and we were best buds every time we saw each other even if years separated those visits. She was my cousin closest to my age as we are only 10 months apart by age. We may have grown up. Separately and Thousands of miles apart, and I could have stayed in better touch with each other; but I always felt a strong bond to her.

I will miss you Susan. I love you Susan. You are In Heaven now & We will play in those fruit trees that were in Pittsburgh once again when I get there with you. Love you!!

Say HI to your Dad, Uncle Frank for me and that we miss him too. Do not forget to say HI & Love to my Dad & your Uncle Richard Kelly (your Mom's brother) as well. Love you all up there.

Christopher Patrick Kelly

Mona Sheshtawy

August 8, 2019

We are Susan and John’s neighbors. I can not express how saddened we were to hear of Susan’s passing. She was always welcoming, kind and threw the best get togethers on the cul de sac. When I remember her I see a smiling face looking back at me. I will pray for her family as they grieve her loss.

Mitchel Justice

August 8, 2019

The weekends spent with y’all will always be memories I cherish, taking the dogs for a walk on the trails behind the house, or relaxing in the pool. Spending time with Susan was always exciting and the food that got prepared I still dream about. I love you and will miss you deeply Aunt Susan.

Sandy Gillen Cantu

August 8, 2019

Susan was such a warm, sincere, loyal and caring LADY who could connect with anyone. I appreciated her tremendous talent and commitment to whatever she signed up to do without complaint or delays.
I am praying for PEACE for her family and all who knew and loved her as they deal with this tremendous void in their lives.

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