Suzanne Whedon, a Darien resident, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, in the Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
She had been ill for sometime with Parkinson’s Disease. She and her husband Tony Whedon had split their time between Darien and Montgomery, Vermont, where they lived most of their lives.
With degrees in Social Work and Education, Suzanne had worked as a freelance writer, adjunct writing instructor at Johnson State College, social director for the Abenaki Nation, farm worker, and Vermont homesteader. At the time of her death, she was completing a novel, part of which was published in the Massachusetts Review, and was nominated by Joyce Carol Oates for a Pushcart Prize.
She and Tony began their professional lives college teaching and social working in Atlanta in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. In the early ‘seventies, they lived in Paris, France, Madrid and Malorca, Spain, and on Paros Island, Greece, where they supported themselves freelance writing. They were well-traveled in Europe, Latin America and China, where Tony taught on a sabbatical at Shanghai International Studies University.
Suzanne’s brilliant smile and gentle nature touched everyone who met her. Few knew of her life’s accomplishments. Tony and Suzanne were surrogate parents to the painter, Daniel Whedon, who predeceased Suzanne two years ago.
There will be an April gathering to honor Suzanne in Darien and a commemoration of her life on the Whedon’s pond in Montgomery, when Tony returns to Vermont this summer. He wishes to thank Suzanne and his friends for their loving support in his time of grief. Suzanne was seventy-eight years old when she passed.