Suzanne Duckworth

Obituary of Suzanne H Duckworth

Suzanne H. Duckworth, beloved mother, grandmother “Da”, aunt, sister, friend, mentor to many,
and matriarch of our family, passed into her next life on May 8, 2024. Sue was born in
Baltimore, Maryland, on June 6, 1930, the daughter of Maurice Darnell and Augusta Insley
Simmons Horn.
Sue is survived by her daughter, Kim Duckworth, her son, Robert Duckworth and his
wife, Robin, her daughter-in-law, Bonnie Duckworth, her grandchildren, Charlotte Duckworth,
Clint Duckworth and his wife, Crystal, and Sam Duckworth and his partner, Colleen Koster, her
great-grandson, Chase Duckworth, and many extended family members who loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Chris Duckworth and Michael Duckworth and
her brothers, Maurice D. (Toby) Horn, Jr., and George Kimble Horn, III.
Sue was married to Donald Duckworth for 32 years, and as a corporate wife moved her
family twelve times to ten different states, embracing new communities, making new friends,
and establishing relationships with Episcopal churches along the way. At Grace Episcopal
Church in Charleston, Sue wore many hats, serving as Junior and Senior Warden, a Stephen
Ministries leader, with Cursillo, on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, the Vestry, and
Christian Education.
Volunteering and community involvement were important to Sue. Some of the Boards
she served on are Charleston Interfaith Crisis Ministries (now One80 Place), Lowcountry Food
Bank, Carolina Youth Development, Clean City Commission, and several of the Mayor’s Task
Forces.
Having small children close in age lead Sue to employment with preschools in NJ and
PA. Returning to SC in the late 1970’s, she worked as a teacher of autistic children, on the 1980
Census, on a Johns Hopkins University Grant Program at US Naval Shipyard, as a licensed Life
Accident & Health agent, as a VP of Capital South (Executive Suites and Human Resources), at
MUSC Radiology Dept., the Institute of Psychiatry, the College of Medicine’s Parallel Curriculum
Program, and finally in the offices of Grace Episcopal Church.
Sue was a resident of Bishop Gadsden for 20 years and was involved in numerous
committees and activities. She’s been fondly called the “Mayor of Myers Hall” and loved her BG
family and staff and was loved by them.
Sue’s family expresses their appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Bishop Gadsden,
MUSC, and Agape Lowcountry Hospice House.
Sue’s funeral service will be held at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth Street,
Charleston, SC, on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 2:00.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Sue’s honor to One80 Place, the
Bishop Gadsden Residents Assistance Fund, or the charity of your choice.

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