Susan "Suzi" Pattison McDuffee

December 3, 1944September 12, 2020

Cary, NC: Suzi McDuffee was called home to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday morning September 12, 2020. She passed peacefully at home with her devoted, loving family surrounding her.

Suzi was born in New York City, NY, December 3, 1944, while her father was serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was the first of three children of Henry and Edith Pattison. Suzi grew up in the St. Louis, Missouri and Cleveland, Ohio areas, graduating from Orange High School in suburban Cleveland in 1962 and from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1966 with a B.S. Degree in Education. She met her future husband Curt during a Thanksgiving vacation at home in Pepper Pike, Ohio in November 1964. Curt fell head over heels in love with her at first sight, pursued her and proposed marriage in December, 1965. They were married in December 1966. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade elementary school classes for three years prior to her sons being born and then committed fulltime to raising her family. She was wholly devoted to her young family as they served five years in the US Air Force and were transferred with USAF assignments in Texas, Colorado and South Vietnam and followed with civilian employer assignments in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina and Connecticut. After ten transfers and relocations in their first 10 years of marriage Suzi and Curt were offered an opportunity to settle in a more permanent location and as part of a growing community. Suzi was excited and happy when they were led to the Raleigh area in 1977 where they settled and developed so many lifelong and eternal friendships.

Suzi grew up attending churches in Missouri and Ohio, loved singing in the choir and participating in youth activities but did not know Jesus as her personal Savior. With the invitation and encouragement of friends she joined Women’s Bible Study Fellowship in Raleigh in 1981, heard the gospel message through BSF and the Anne Lotz ministry and received Jesus as her Savior in October 1981. She went on to serve in BSF ministry for twenty years including teaching the Wednesday Morning Women’s BSF class for nine years. She retired from BSF ministry in 2001 to provide personal care for her mother and mother-in-law as their health declined in their later years. Additionally, she served in the Colonial Baptist Church Women’s Ministries as a member of the Women’s Ministry’s Board, led the Colonial Baptist Church Refresh Your Heart Women’s Conference for four years and taught classes on marriage and family. In 2010 she stepped down from Women’s Ministries to lead and serve as president of her family’s business in NC and SC. She retired from that position in 2017 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She fought the disease with courage and steadfast faith throughout as she remained committed to the Lord’s will for her life. She was truly an inspiration to those who knew her and the loving spiritual leader of her family, leading each member of her immediate and extended family to personal relationships with Jesus. She loved her family deeply and was very proud of her sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters and their personal commitments to each other and to The Lord. She loved The Lord and never ceased giving Him thanksgiving and praise.

She is survived by her devoted husband Curt and sons Todd Michael McDuffee, wife Trisha Suzanne of Apex, NC and Ryan Cary McDuffee and wife Rebecca Mae of Charlotte, NC, granddaughters Brooke, Brielle and Keira McDuffee of Apex and granddaughter Reagan McDuffee of Charlotte; brother Chip Pattison and wife Janet of Sarasota, Florida. She is preceded in passing by her father and mother Hank and Edith Pattison and younger sister Jody Pattison Vick.

A Celebration of Suzi's Life will be held privately for the family at Mitchell Funeral Home due to present social distancing practices. All are welcome to join the family by attending virtually as the service will be live streamed through the Facebook Page of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park on Sunday, September 20th at 3 pm. (Suggested log in time of 2:55 pm).

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518, in memory of Suzi McDuffee, Care Ministry.

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  • Ryan McDuffee
  • Todd McDuffee
  • Scott Pattison
  • Marc Pattison
  • Kayle Vick
  • Nate Vick


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Steve Hare

September 21, 2020

Suzi was an inspiration to all of us. She took a personal interest in each of us and genuinely cared for all. Our hearts are broken for the McDuffee Family.

Steve and Johanna Hare

Marilyn da Silva

September 20, 2020

Suzy was one of my sister, Diane's three roommates in college. They were best friends in college and stayed very close throughout their lives. Suzy was like a big sister to me. When she came home with Diane from school, she instantly became a member of our family. She has been ever since. She shared her faith with all of us when we needed her. She was always there for us. Please accept my condolences to Kirk and her entire family. I know she will always be near you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marilyn da Silva

Todd & Christy Olsen

September 20, 2020

We were blessed to have gotten to know Suzi over the last years along with Curt. Suzi radiated the love of The Lord in all she said and did. Even in her own trial and brave battle, her first interest and concern was for others. She genuinely cared and faithfully prayed for our loved ones, and we were privileged to pray for her as well. We are truly blessed to have known Suzi and we will miss her always and remember her with love. We Praise The Lord that Suzi is no longer suffering and that we will see her again one day.
In Him,
Todd, Christy, Dana & Eric Olsen

Anita Rudy

September 18, 2020

Everyone at DuMor was so sorry to hear of Suzi's passing . . . Please accept our sincere condolences. We all enjoyed working with Suzi. She was a lovely lady who will be deeply missed. We wish you peace and comfort at this sad time.

Anne Altieri

September 17, 2020

Curt, Todd, and Ryan, and family,

Ed and I were so saddened to learn of Suzi’s passing. As you recall, your family and our’s arrived in our new neighborhood at the same time back in
1977. Our families met , Todd and Ryan and our two boys, Tom and
Russ, along with the four of us had great times together through many years. Suzi was even Russ’ Cub Scout leader. Many fun wonderful memories together from so long ago.

All the Altieri’s send our love to each of you. Suzi’s love of her Lord and Savior sustained her through her illness and now must give you incredible comfort knowing she is at peace, resting in the arms of Jesus. She was a true servant of the Lord, and will be so missed by so many.

Our love to each of you from all our family.

Anne and Ed

Georgie & Doug Patt

September 17, 2020

Doug and I are so deeply saddened to hear of Suzi's passing! To Curt, Ryan andTodd and her wonderful extended family we send our heartfelt condolences! We know her presence will be missed beyond words. For us, meeting and knowing Suzi McDuffee was to experience true friendship, genuine concern, dedication to ones family, Christian values and beliefs, overflowing joy and unconditional love.
My husband and I met Suzi & Curt over 50 years ago at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. With many states separating us , our visits over the years were always to short yet our friendship has lasted a lifetime. Suzi's love for the Lord was contagious, mirroring the attributes and gifts of the spirit. Just being with her brightened any darkness!
I cannot imagine the depth of emotion and loss her family and close friends are experiencing. Yet I know that because of her witness, they have the inner Peace of knowing she is happy and once again healthy in the presence of the Lord.

Margaret Mullind

September 16, 2020

Suzi was pure gold. She was a wonderful leader and friend. She will be sorely missed. May God comfort the famiy.

Pat Faust

September 16, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all of you in the McDuffee family from all of us at Landscape Structures. We were so fortunate to have Curt and Suzi join the Landscape Structures family in 2010 as our playground rep firm in the Carolinas. It’s difficult to put into words what a beautiful person Suzi was, inside and out. Complete class act and the most genuine person one could ever know. May beautiful memories of her bring comfort in the days ahead.

Patricia Swailes

September 16, 2020

My sincere condolences to the McDuffee family. May God be with you and comfort you in this time of loss.

Mindy Rishel

September 16, 2020

Curt, Todd and Ryan, I am so very sorry to hear of Suzi's passing. She was such a sweet person and I loved working with her. May God's blessing and comfort be with you all.


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