Mary Susan Sewell Atkins, beloved mother and grandmother, lost her hard-fought battle against cancer on September 15, 2019 at age 80 in Richmond, VA while in the care of Hospice of VA. Just like all other events in her life, she went on her own time and in her own way.
Sue was born August 31, 1939 in Beaufort, North Carolina to Thomas Sewell Sr. and Annabelle Darling Sewell, but spent most of her adult life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While in Beaufort, Sue was a member of the Ann Street Methodist Church and spoke with fond memories of singing in the choir. She grew up on Cedar Street at the base of the old Grayden Paul Bridge and graduated from the old Beaufort High School in 1957.
After moving to Mississippi, Sue was in the 1st graduating class of RNs from MS Gulf Coast Community College in 1969 and made lifelong friends in 35+ years of Nursing, and later volunteering with the Red Cross and the American Legion. Sue didn’t know any strangers, welcomed friends as family, and was generous with her time and smile.
Sue is survived by two brothers, Tommy (Barbara) Sewell and Sammy Sewell, one sister Joyce Ann (Cecil) Combs, three sons Stephen (Laurie) Willis, Christopher(Amy) Brown, Wayne (Sara) Truitt, one daughter, Stephani Willis (Jimmy) Yogi, and twelve grandchildren: Mary (Brian) Belford, Dallas Willis, Brandi Willis, Austin Yogi, Carson Yogi, Holliman Brown, Hayes Brown, Webb Brown, Cooper Brown, Hailey Truitt, Joshua Truitt, and Nathan Truitt. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, and son, Jerry Willis Jr.
Special recognition and much love to the Wildman, Willis and Pake families, and dear friends Vicki Broadus and Rita Mason Stevens for a lifetime of friendship and fun.
Graveside memorial services will be held on Sat October 5, 2019 @ 1pm at the Oceanview Cemetery in Beaufort, NC with Brother Danny Wildman officiating.
Sue loved seashells, you are invited to bring a shell to leave to decorate her memorial stone.
Please consider donating to the Hospice of Virginia Association of Hospices and Palliative Care in her memory. (https://www.virginiahospices.org)
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