OBITUARY

Susan Wallace Means

November 24, 1950November 12, 2020

Susan Wallace Means, 69, died on November 12, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia, following a brave battle with pneumonia. As she left this Earth to be welcomed into the glory of Heaven, she was surrounded by those who loved her most: her husband of 50 years, William C. “Chuck” Means; and her adoring children, Charles “Chad” W. Means (Kimberly), and Lindsay M. Pickral (George).

Susie is also survived by her sister, Anne W. Sharp; grandchildren, Charlotte, Van, Evie, June, and Rowan; nieces and nephews; and countless friends. She was predeceased by her parents, C. Brook Wallace, Jr. and Grace Woodward Wallace; her granddaughter, Laura Grace Pickral; and her cherished dog, Abby.

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Susie grew up in Charlotte and graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1968 and Central Piedmont Community College in 1970. She met Chuck, the love of her life, shortly before her high school graduation, and they were married in 1970. They moved to Clemson, South Carolina, for Chuck’s education, and Susie remained a lifelong avid and sometimes loud Clemson Tigers fan. The entire family was blessed to return this past summer to Clemson and Lake Hartwell for a memorable weeklong 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

After leaving Clemson, Chuck and Susie returned to Charlotte for several years, where Chad and Lindsay were born, and then moved to Midlothian, Virginia, in 1986. They lived in the Queensmill neighborhood for many fun-filled years, where Susie was active in neighborhood activities, especially the Queensmill Quackers swim team.

A devoted mother, Susie took a job in 1989 at Evergreen Elementary School to be close to her young children. She worked as a secretary in the main office until 2002, where she made dear friends whom she stayed in close touch with, especially for monthly dinners, throughout her life. Evergreen staff, parents, and children will remember her beautiful smile and warm personality that greeted them upon entering the school.

Following her retirement, Susie enjoyed playing golf with family and friends at the Highlands Golf Club. Most memorably, in September of 2006 she made two holes-in-one within eight days. Susie played with the Highlands Ladies Golf Association and made wonderful friends. Together they took many fun girls trips, including to Nashville, New York, and Pinehurst, where they shared lots of laughs and stirred up only a little trouble.

Susie loved the beach and, following Chuck’s retirement, the two traveled frequently to their home in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, where they loved to play golf, eat seafood, and relax with friends. Susie also loved spending time at Sunset Beach with her beloved sister, Anne, and at Anne’s home in Ohio, reminiscing about their childhood.

The arrival of Susie’s six grandchildren lit up her life. She loved to visit with and keep them, rarely telling them “no”—a special entitlement of grandmothers everywhere—and showering them with hugs, kisses, snuggles, Happy Meals, and lots of presents. No doubt her reunion in Heaven with her precious Laura Grace was immeasurably joyous.

A private funeral service will be held on Monday, November 23rd. A video of the service and a photo slideshow will be available on Susie’s 70th birthday, Tuesday, November 24th, at 1 p.m. on the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeI_NfU8egtZT-n3kI5s4mg.

Donations may be made to Noah’s Children, a pediatric compassionate care organization that served the family during Laura Grace’s lifetime, at www.noahschildren.org; or to the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, which Susie enjoyed serving for many years as a Sunday School teacher, at www.mtpisgahva.org/about-us/support/.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

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Susan & Ralph Hawkins

November 24, 2020

All of us who knew Susie celebrate having her in our lives. She was a remarkable person. We still are not comprehending she is no longer in our world, but within the heavenly kingdom. Her loss was too early for all of us and we are in pain from the void she has left, but each of us that were in her life know that she imparted a bit of good in each of us. We can still see her smile and hear her laugh, we miss her terribly. Our love goes out to the family in their loss especially Chuck, her husband of 50 years and her children and their families. May she rest In peace and comfort within the heavenly arms of our Lord and Saviour.

Janie Yattaw

November 24, 2020

My dearest Chuck, Lindsay, and Chad
Susie was a very special friend! I have so many great memories of our golf trips and shopping together. As Susie and I got to know each other, we found out we had so many life experiences in common. We both lost our parents at a very early age and shared how difficult it was for us. When my husband passed away very unexpectedly, Susie was with me at the hospital. I will never forgot all the kind thinks she did for me. Her love will always be in my heart. The service you did today was beautiful and touching. May God give you the strength to survive the challenging days ahead of you. You will still be in my thoughts and prayers🙏❤️🙏 Janie

Deanna Varljen ( Formerly Smith)

November 22, 2020

Susie was a helpful colleague at Evergreen where I was a beginning teacher. She not only helped with work related things, she encouraged me as a new mother with a light knowing laugh and tender understanding. Her compassion and support made a difference in my life. I am praying for her family in this time of sadness. I hope the joyful memories will lift you together and through each day and that you each carry a piece of her spirit in all you do.
Peace-

Lynne and Len Roberts

November 20, 2020

Remembering Susie’s powerful and gentle soul and loving spirit will forever remain in both of our hearts. She was a wonderful person and friend. May she rest in peace! Our prayers and love to your family.

Lauren Colacurcio

November 19, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to a life clearly well lived by a woman well loved ♥️

Dreama Hurt

November 19, 2020

I always enjoyed working on various children’s ministry activities with Susie.
She was funny, had a great smile but an even greater laugh.
Continued prayers of peace and comfort for the
family.

Sincerely ,
Dreama Hurt

VERNA HALLORAN

November 19, 2020

Susie was the first woman I met at the Highlands. We automatically clicked. We served as officers to the LGA together and played golf for the past 18 years. She was one of the most friendly, caring, and positive woman I have ever met. I will miss Susie terribly, and she will certainly never be forgotten.

BRENDA and GLENN PERRY

November 19, 2020

Dear Chuck and family,
We are very thankful we got to know you and Susie through neighborhood dinner group, couples bridge and ladies bridge. We will always remember the sparkle in Susie's eyes, her sweet contagious smile and the way she would always make us laugh. Our hearts go out to you all - you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the comfort of our Lord and Savior surround you always.
Glenn and Brenda Perry

Stephanie Teta

November 19, 2020

It has been a horrific year of loss, and we are so very sad to learn of the loss of your mom. Please know you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy for you all ~ God Bless

Dianne Massey

November 18, 2020

Chuck, Lindsay and Chad, I am so heartbroken over the loss of Susie. She was a warm, kind, funny and sweet lady. I am so glad I got to visit with her when she came to Oak Island to see my house. She, Jan, Carolyn and I had so many good times in high school and at Central Piedmont. I am so sorry for the tremondous loss you have endured. She will live on in your hearts and the hearts of all who loved her. She is a lovely angel in heaven watching over all of you. Sincerely, Dianne ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY

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