Traynham Joseph, Susan Donnelly
Birth: Tuesday, December 05, 1944 in Newport News, Virginia
Residence: Greenville, SC
Death: Monday, June 22, 2020 at the age of 75
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Susan Donnelly Traynham Joseph passed away peacefully June 22nd 2020 in her home in Greenville, SC. She was born in Newport News, VA on December 5, 1944 to late William H. and Lorraine Traynham. She grew up the College Place Neighborhood in Hampton, VA. She spent her youth sailing and boating from the Hampton Yacht Club, going to Buckroe Beach and Virginia Beach. Susan was always fun loving, and a free spirit with an infectious laugh. Susan attended Willis dances and all the events at Hampton High School, where she was honored to be elected as the Basketball Queen and also did activities like cheerleading and K Club.
She lived many places in Virginia, Florida, Alaska, was a resident in Lexington Park, Maryland for many years and for the last 10 years lived in South Carolina. She graduated from New College in Florida, and had a love for writing sonnets, painting, and sculpting. She made a career out welding, being one of the few women to work on the Alaskan Pipeline and other projects. She combined her creativity and her craft to create a welded piece that was displayed and recognized for an award in Washington DC. She enjoyed continuing her education at St. Mary's College (St. Mary's City, MD) expanding her English Major and playwriting and most recently explored ancient history at Furman University (Greenville, SC) to stay physically and intellectually active with the OLLI Senior lifelong learning program.
Susan always said she did not have the life she thought she would have, but that it had been interesting. She had major life changing impact on some and gave loving hope, strength and material assistance to others who encountered the same life struggles she had. She will most be remembered for her eclectic, artistic surroundings she created everywhere she stayed, her whimsical charm and independence were apparent and important. Her beliefs and feelings were always shared as she was a fascinating story teller and her series of magnificent writings in form of sonnets portrayed her real life autobiography. Her commitment to a holistic lifestyle and love for nature surely lengthened her life. Embracing Native American spiritualism allowed her to calmly welcome her transition to joining loved ones in what she knew to be her "next universe". Moving to her beautiful hilltop home in Greenville, brought her to her personal Eden where she could gaze at the mountains, lovingly tend to her flower gardens, grow her own herbs, collect and play indigenous flutes and care for animals. She loved to feed the cats from the neighborhood and was known for always walking with her best companion at the time, she had a lifetime of dogs. She was an obvious dog lover as she was continually spotted with one hanging out the window when out for a drive in her other lifetime pal, her truck.
Susan was married and widowed to William (Budd) Joseph. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie Johnson and granddaughter Tayla, step daughter Autumn Joseph, sister Polly Traynham, Niece Tamara White and husband Antoine and two kids Jaeden and Journey, and nephew Tyron Thomas and two kids Taryn and Drake. The family is appreciative to all who loved her and especially to those neighbors and friends that took time to care for her.
A casual ceremony to celebrate her life will come in the following months at Susan's home when Covid-19 is no longer a prominent danger. Please send fond memories to 5140 Macs Hollow Rd. Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or firstname.lastname@example.org