Susan Morris Hoag - Passed away on June 08, 2024

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Susan Morris Hoag

                July 14, 1939 -June 8, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Susan Morris Hoag, a beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend. Susan left this world peacefully on June 8, 2024, at the age of 84.

Born Susan Jane Morris on July 14, 1939, in Queens, New York, she was the first of Percy and

Annabelle Morris’ four girls. Susan was protective of her sisters and deeply valued their relationships throughout her life. It was in her role as a big sister that she first found her love of storytelling: she conjured up tales of a little boy who always found himself gettlng into (and somehow out of) trouble, adding sound effects and different character voices that delighted her sisters Kathy,

Marylou, and Betty.

While in college, she met Terry Gill, a cadet at West Point. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame Maryland, Susan and Terry Gill were married. A woman of remarkable strength and character, Susan had a diverse and accomplished career. In her late teens and early twenties she worked as a print model and was signed with Ford Modeling Agency. Her modeling career was so successful that she was able to sustain the household while her husband completed graduate school.

Susan studied fine arts and art history at the master’s level and was a very gifted visual artist. Susan’s passion for storytelling led her to write and self-publish two fictional novels. Her books reflected her rich imagmation and profound understanding of human relationships, earning her a loyal following of readers. While she had a number of other jobs in her young adult life (grade school teacher, librarian, reporter, art gallery assistant), Susan often shared that the work she was most proud of was being a mother. She and Terry had three children: Joseph, John, and Anne. A brave and determined woman, Susan taught her children that happmess and fulfillment come from following your passions. She had a wonderful sense of humor and the gift of seeing the past through rose-colored glasses, “only remembering the good things.”

Susan was fearless and had an adventurous splrit that led her to live in various parts of the world, including Europe, Thailand, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as all over the United States. These experiences enriched her life and broadened her perspective. She often shared stories of her travels, inspiring others with her tales of adventure and discovery.

Following her divorce, Susan moved to Florida to take care of her father. One fateful Sunday she walked to the Episcopal church, St. Peter the Fisherman, for service. Here she met David Hoag, an episcopal priest with a big heart and just as much Incredible life-experience. They fell in love and were married in 2004. Together, Susan and David traveled extensively and built a beautiful home and life in Florida. They shared stories, and enjoyed each other’s humor and company for twenty years.

Susan is survived by her loving husband, David Stewart Hoag, and her children, Joseph, John, and Anne. She also leaves behind her three sisters, and seven grandchildren. Susan was a great source of unconditional love and support. She was beautiful inside and out and her smile lit up a room. Susan Morris Hoag will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her family and friends, and her legacy of love and kindness, will continue to

Inspire us all.

May she rest in eternal peace.


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  1. Mary Jane Kolassa says:
    21 Jun 2024
    Susan was such a lovely lady. Her joy and lively spirit will be long remembered. David and family, our hearts break at your loss.
    Fondly,
    Mary Jane and Dan Kolassa
    New Smyrna Beach, FL

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