Suzan Cary Welton, of Savannah, GA transitioned peacefully, with her life partner at her side, on January 2, 2021.
Suzan was born to Earl Welton and Samie Bird Welton on November 26, 1944 in St Louis City, Missouri.
Suzan was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and went on to a long and distinguished career in the fashion Industry starting with the iconic Stix Baer & Fuller Dept store in St Louis. Then off to I. Magnin in San Francisco and from there to Jordan Marsh in Florida.
Next stop was Bonwit Teller in New York. Suzan then accepted a position at Bergdorf Goodman, where she became a bright star on the 6th floor, (the contemporary Bergdorf floor) that highlighted new and upcoming designers. She was then hired away by the designer Adrienne Vittadini where she had input in both the design and merchandising of the Vittadini line.
In the late '80's she was recruited by Barney's New York to establish and buy for their CO-OP line (“contemporary of course”) and Barneys first ever women’s division.
From there she was sought by and joined Prada/Milan as Vice President, N. A., Prada USA, retiring in 2004
From Suzan’s very full and ever present planner. “Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is life, fight for it.” Conduct yourself like you have a personal relationship with everyone on the planet. Always throw “Golden Bricks”. “Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster”.
She is survived by her sister, Sharon Welton Moore (Robert) and their children, Cary Chatlton Moore Menzie (Chris), Justin Lerner Moore (Nicole) and their four children, Hayden, Ava, Isabella, and Hudson. Also surviving is her best friend, true love, cigar smoking, port drinking buddy and Life Partner, Peter. Destiny and fate did their thing, perfectly, in an elevator on East 57th Street, NYC. Hallelujah…
Special thanks to her private care givers, Angel Brown and Amber Ford and the wonderful, thoughtful staff of Pruitt Hospice.
A private graveside service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances to be sent to Safe Shelter, Second Harvest.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Suzan, the most beautiful of all the Angels! I offer my kind thoughts and prayers to all family and friends whose lives she touched. I remember picking bright yellow lemons with her in Georgia. Bright red lipstick was her signature! Suzan's everbright shining star will forever be cast down upon all of us!
- Lynn Aldo, Columbia, CT
My first memory of Suzi is seeing her walking toward me on 57th Street. It was the early 80's I believe. She was wearing leopard pumps and it was the first time I had seen anyone wearing them. She looked fantastic. Then I had the chance of meeting this warm, lovely person. I can still hear the way she speaks. Always kind. Loved Fashion, but truly down to earth.
- Carol Brown, Hobe Sound , Florida
I am a golfing friend of Suzi's. She was a great golfer and so much fun to be with after golf. She was so dedicated to golf..........practicing frequently. A real show stopper with her outfits too. She did always say "Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster!" Made us all laugh! Miss her!
- Sandi and George Timson, Savannah, GA
Suzie and I were buyers at Stix, Baer and Fuller in St. Louis. We had such fun and Suzie was always the bright star in our group of pals. Because of her red hair and her style, I called her "Flamin' Mamie" and her personality fit the name. For years, I have been trying to remember who always used the term "Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster!", and of course, it was Suzie.
- Sunny Clark, Springfield, IL
Suzie, the fashion queen of all the angels--now, and then--of the golf course, athletics, dinner and party guests. And what a loving and kind personality! We miss her sparkle and will never forget her.
- Jenni and Jan Turner , Marco Island, Fl.
A very special woman. I was honored to have known her. My condolences to the family and all those who knew and loved her.
- Joyce Crowder McBride, Savannah, GA
Many condolences to Suzan's family and friends. I know she will be missed.
- Claire, Woodbury , MN
Susie and I worked together at Prada. She was a very kind and loving person. She had style and personality. The world will miss her.
- Toni Radcliffe, Wilmington, North Carolina
It is with great sorrow that I learned of Susie’s passing. She was a gem of lady and I can’t express how I loved working with her at Prada. Class talent and beauty. Rest In Peace
- Dossie Goodman, Great Neck, NY
When I think of my beautiful friend , it’s as she is in the photo of her putting on her red lipstick and laughing. She called me once before New Years asking me if I knew how to make cassoulet. At that moment I was surrounded by cookbooks looking for a cassoulet recipe. So we made it for New Year’s Day as long as we were in NYC. Eating was a great entertainment as was cooking. We often laughed about making squid bisque, which the mere mention of it made friends cringe. I will miss her greatly.
- Diane Dale, Tucson, Arizona
Suzie and I met at Stephens college; reconnecting in the late 70’s when Suzie moved to New York to work for Bonwit Teller. We shared a love for food and cooking for friends when time and energy permitted. While Suzie was at Bergdorf’s she acquired a small but mighty chihuahua companion, Audrey. Suzie would leave work in the middle of the day to return home to hand feed the tiny puppy. When Audrey Hepburn happened to be filming a movie scene at Bergdorf Goodman, Suzie let her know that Audrey was her namesake. Being of a kind and gentle nature, Suzie was not given to frequent outbursts of anger. But when she was seriously vexed with someone or something, out would come her index finger to wag vigorously until she had thoroughly expressed her thoughts on the matter. I’m grateful for the pleasure of knowing Suzie and for the memory of many good times we shared together.
- Pat Hagerty, Belfast, Maine
My deepest condolences for the loss of such a bright ray of sunshine like Susie. I have so many fond memories of Susie - we worked closely together for many years at Prada, and had so many laughs, travels, and went through some crazy times together. Susie was such a thoughtful warm person. My husband and I still have the wedding gift she gave us hanging on our wall and think of her often. ❤️
- Jillian Argun, Marina Del Rey, CA
Susie and I worked together at Prada for many years. I will never forget her vibrancy, energy and pure joie de vivre. What a special lady she was! I am honored to have known her and called her a friend.
- Dori Bomback, Westport , CT
- Lori Brightwell, Savannah, GEORGIA
- Alicia Fleming, Suffield, CT
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel