Susannah Goad Johnson

January 25, 1938May 16, 2021

Susannah Goad Johnson passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family. Susannah was born in Parkersburg, WV on January 25, 1938 to the late Martha Nina and Howard Stump Goad of Spencer, WV. She graduated from Spencer High School, West Virginia University (BA in Education) and WV COGS (MA). She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John Johnson. Susannah was an educator throughout her life, principally as the librarian at Village Elementary in South Charleston, WV. the director of the Instructional Materials Center at WV State College and later as the Supervisor of Libraries and Learning Resources for the WV Department of Education. She also served, as the Executive Director of Camp Sweeney in Whitesville, TX and the WV Safety Council. Her commitment to helping others and her passion for lifelong learning led her to volunteer for several worthwhile causes. Susannah served as a board member for many years at the South Charleston Public Library. She was a dedicated library volunteer for the past twenty years and the founding member of the Corner Bookstore, which continues to be an ongoing source of funding for library programs. She was the library's representative and was instrumental in getting the 2017 County Levy passed, which continues to provide essential funding for all area libraries.

At the time of her passing, Susannah was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Charleston Builders, serving as Book and Author co-chair. Susannah was an elder at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church and served as the Clerk of Session for many years. She also was a member and former chair of the Worship Committee and was an active member of the Women’s Bible Study. As part of the church’s Bicentennial Committee, she helped to edit a book of devotions, “I Will Lift Mine Eyes Unto The Hills” and planned a joint worship service for area Presbyterian Church USA congregations in 2019. Susannah was very accomplished in the kitchen, leading a team in preparing gourmet menus as co-chair of the Kanawha Forum concerts and luncheons. She also co-edited the very popular church cookbook, “Kanawha Gatherings.” This year she served on the planning committee for the Festival of Faith with the West Virginia Presbytery.

She is survived by her children Stephen (Pam) Dunn of Silver Spring, MD, Lisa Kiely of Decatur, GA Marcus (Raychelle) Dunn of Charlotte, NC and Erika Johnson of Eugene, OR, her 11 grandchildren and last, but not least, her faithful K9 companion, Ellie! A celebration of Susannah’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday May 29, 2021 at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia ST. SE, Charleston WV. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Corner Bookstore at South Charleston Public Library or Kanawha United Presbyterian Church.

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Anita Tuason

June 2, 2021

She was a goddess, at least to my sister Bev and me. We were 1st cousins. Her father and our mother were brother and sister. Although we shared many of the same genes it came out a lot different with my sister being 5 ft and 90 lbs and me a little taller and wider, our dark hair and brown eyes contrasted with Susannah's blond hair and blue eyes.

She started her teaching career fairly early. One summer when she was in high school she taught synchronized swimming at the local pool. Somehow I was in that class. Me, who could barely swim. That beautiful long limbed girl with a gorgeous tan in a white bathing suit had to rescue me more than once. Basically, she'd reach out and grab me as I foundered and pull me back to the side of the pool and safety, as she continued on with her lesson.

Unfortunately, we were not close but Susannah and my sister would call each other occasionally, and take right up where they left off. Both had a delicious sense of humor and it didn't take long until they were laughing hysterically. Bev thoroughly enjoyed these conversations. I'm sure Susannah did too.

I was so glad to see her with cousin Chester Dodd at Bev's funeral. I am also grateful that those two along with Chester's daughter, Jodi, did a remembrance book of our mutual grandparents Winifred Bliss and Archibald Henry Goad.

To Susannah's family, she was indeed a blessing to all who knew her. Remember her giggles, her wisdom, her strength and the beauty she was, inside and out.

Anita Vandale Tuason

Karen Spencer

May 28, 2021

Marcus & Steve:
So sorry about your mother's passing - She was a beautiful and classy lady - gorgeous eyes - always enjoyed chatting with her when we would run into each other through the years. May God comfort all!

Cheryl Morgan

May 27, 2021

What an all-around lovely lady! I so enjoyed working with Susannah on the library levy and we spent much of our time together laughing and plotting. She was a true library lover, kind to the core, and a hoot! Condolences to the family, she will be missed.

Yvonne Coleman

May 27, 2021

Steve and Marc - sooo sorry about your Mom- she was a beautiful lady inside and out!!! Had lunch with her before the pandemic. Had already planned to be out of town with my sisters so will miss service but you will be in our thoughts and prayers!!!
Vonnie and Doy

Jennifer Soule

May 20, 2021

My condolences to all of Susannah's family on her passing.

To me, Susannah was an adviser, a mentor, a person I could call on in crisis, and the hardest worker ever. She was, most of all, though, a dear friend. When I came to the South Charleston Public Library as its new director in 2002, she offered her help in whatever way was needed. She soon joined the library board and was a steady voice for the library users and staff. She also took on the massive job of developing the library book store, which soon brought us more needed income than we had thought possible. She was our representative on the levy committee, which finally brought much needed extra income to the library.

She was always upbeat and funny, which was often needed in that setting, and always supported me. I can't tell you how much I appreciated her help and her friendship, over the years. I will miss her greatly.

Robin Baldwin

May 20, 2021

I will miss seeing Susannah. I have walked past her house for years and we talked often. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Rosalind Lawrentz

May 19, 2021

Marc, Steve and Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother, Susannah. I myself taught school with your mother at Village and was pleasantly surprised when she became my neighbor some years ago. She was always so friendly and had a greeting and smile for everyone when we passed her house. She will be greatly missed by myself and my family. So sorry for your families loss.

Your Chittum Lane neighbor, Rosalind