Mary Susan Yankee
June 26, 1942 – April 22, 2020
Mary Susan “Susie” Yankee, 77, of South Pasadena, passed away peacefully at home April 22, 2020. She was born June 26, 1942 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Susie grew up in Alexandria, VA, and raised her family in Falls Church, VA. While in Alexandria, Susie graduated St. Mary’s Parochial School and St. Mary’s Academy. She rejoined the workforce in 1974 working for SCAN Furniture. Then began very fulfilling 22 year career with the Unites States Marshals Service, while simultaneously working three to four evenings a week as a cashier with Giant Food, Inc for 13 years. Upon transferring to the Tampa office of the Marshals Service, Mom was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of living on the beach and found paradise in Pass-A-Grille Beach, FL. Mom was always much more interested in asking others questions rather than talking about herself. She worked so hard her entire life putting the needs of her children ahead of her own. She never forgot a birthday, holiday, or special occasion. As a mother she was always there for a needed cheering up and gave wise and thoughtful advice. Not many people could’ve done what she accomplished especially with the grace and the dignity she carried throughout life. She was a devout Catholic, loved her aerobics, and other group activities at her fitness center. Taking a trip to Australia with her husband, Conrad, was one of the highlights of her retirement years as was possibly, even more so, the period of time she chose to move up to Virginia Beach to help with the care of her two youngest granddaughters and their sisters. Susie is preceded in death by parents, Robert Emmet Heffernan and Mary Susan Quinn-Heffernan, and spouse, Conrad Anthony Yankee. Susie is survived by former husband, Floyd “Buddy” Medford Beach, Jr. of the Philippines; sisters, Eileen Heffernan of Alexandria, VA and Kathleen Drummy of Indianapolis, IN; children, James Christopher Beach (Susie) of KY, William Allen Beach (Gay) of VA, Laura Marie Stacy (Martin) of CA, and Rebecca “Becky” Beach of South Pasadena, FL; grandchildren, Jillian, Garrett, Lexie, Jessica, Riley, Lia, Kerry, Katherine, Elana, Emma, and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Raegan, Evelyn, and James; nieces and nephew, Erin Eades, Rebecca Fehman, and Brian Drummy all of IN; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Ella Parker for the love, care, and companionship she provided for our mother. Also, thank you to Dr. Adam Prawer, Kathy Prawer, and Dr. Sochi, and the entire Orange Team of Suncoast Hospice. Lastly, to the neighbors and staff of our community, Harborside, for always knowing there was someone else close by. Mom will be fondly remembered for her beautiful smile, being a great listener, and her kindness and generosity of spirit. We never went anywhere where she wasn’t the recipient of compliments about her beautiful skin or beautiful eyes, but it was usually both! A memorial for Susie will be held at a later date in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to The Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Chapter. An Irish proverb in mom’s memory: “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Loves leaves a memory no one can steal.”
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Mary Susan Yankee
May 17, 2020
"Susie" will always remain in heart as the virtuous woman of God who showed me love, joy, with her uplifting spirit. Seeing Susie for me was always a ray of sunlight. A virtuous woman of inner and outer beauty. A beautiful soul who would always have a warm smile and sparkle in her eyes. I always enjoyed the most intellectual conversations with Susie. Full of charm, elegance and grace, she was a wonderful friend and a fabulous hostess!!! Always kind and wanted to make me feel at home💗A non judgmental lady who was always willing to listen and inspire me with encouragement through some of life's worst storms, her spirit was like a rainbow to me.
"Who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies, she is more precious than rubies and all things that thou canst desire are not to be compared to her" Proverbs 31:10 was written for you Susie💗 may you rest peacefully with our heavenly Father. I will always love and miss you.
Love & Blessings,
May 16, 2020
May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort while knowing someone so special will never be forgotten.
May 14, 2020
Mary Susan, was a good wife and a wonderful mother to all four of our children; Chris, Billy, Laura and Becky. She was the glue that held the family together.
Rest in peace. God bless you.
Judith Knight Young
May 11, 2020
As Charlotte’s younger sister and a neighbor around the corner from Susie, I remember her well. I was a year behind them in school at St. Mary’s grade school (where I believe Susie was May Queen in 8th grade), and at St, Mary’s Academy High School. Susie was always so kind to me, and though it was difficult for her after her mother’s death, one would never have known it from her beautiful smile and kind demeanor. My last meeting with her was at the grade school reunion as well, and her smile and her kindness were as evident then as when we were younger. My deepest sympathy to her family. May you Rest In Peace, Susie.
May 11, 2020
As newly licensed teen drivers, I remember scrambling to raise 3 or 4 dollars on Saturday nights for enough gas to get us to one of the CYO group dances. (St. Anthonys, Blessed Sacrament, St. Ritas, St. Anns, etc. (for whichever family car one of us had very limited access to). Susie seemed to get access more than others of us, but the gas was always an issue! Gosh, we were naïve--but such lovely memories. I join with Cathy in remembering Susie's sweet smile and quiet manner. Rest in peace, my friend Mary Susan. Patty.
Charlotte Knight Farley
May 11, 2020
Susie was a good friend throughout elementary and high school. We lost touch as we raised our families but reconnected later when planning our high school reunions. I saw her often when she worked at the Giant in Falls church.
She moved to Florida but returned to Virginia for our St Mary’s elementary school reunion in May 2015. That was the last time I saw her!
I will always remember Susie’s sweetness, her smile and her friendship.
May 9, 2020
First my condolences and prayers to the family. What I remember about Susie is she was always smiling and taking care of others needs before her own. Met her in my mid 20’s and she helped me get through some rough times.
She was a loving Grandmother to my Daughter Riley and she will be missed by all.
May 9, 2020
Mary was a special person and a wonderful mother. The anchor to a really nice family. I knew her to be a kind and gentle woman. With at addition of her smile, heaven is a better place today. My prayers are with Mary, Rebecca and their family.
May 9, 2020
Please accept my deepest sympathies, Grief can be so hard, but your special memories help you to cope. Remembering your loved one today and always.
May 8, 2020
Susie was always a kind and compassionate women. She always treated my family and I with love and kindness. Even in difficult times, she was always there with kind words and love. Her devotion to the Catholic Church inspired us all to accept our faith. Through life, there are many we meet and feel the better for it. It was our blessing to have had her in our life.
"May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold
you in the palm of his hand."
May 8, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers and love to Becky and her family for the loss of their beautiful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I remember your mother's bright smile and laughter, as well as her kindness and warmth to friends, that made those around her feel special. I hope the joy and comfort she brought to you and your family will bring you peace as you remember and celebrate her.