Susannah Robertson Rockwell, 87, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Susannah was born Susannah Preston Roberston in 1934 to the late William Joseph Robertson, newspaper editor and writer, and the late Susan Preston Robertson of Virginia. She moved from Pennsylvania to Savannah at the age of 10 when her father became the editor of the Savannah Morning Newspaper. Susannah was the youngest of four children with three brothers that all served in WWII.
Susannah was known for her acting and singing abilities. After completing two years at Armstrong Junior College, she studied drama at the University of Georgia and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Upon her return to Savannah, she further studied voice under the tutelage of Adie Mae Jackson at Christ Episcopal Church. She was known for her soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah and her starring role as Guinevere in the Little Theatre’s performance of Camelot.
Susannah married Ralph Rockwell in 1960 and moved to Vernonburg in 1966 where she lived the next 55 years. She retired from the Registrar’s office of Armstrong State College to be a full-time grandmother in 1998.
In addition to her parents, Susannah is predeceased by her husband Ralph Rockwell. She leaves behind two daughters, Elizabeth (Larry) Hadwin and Katherine (Ray) Jones and five grandchildren Matthew Hadwin, Lucy (Wes) Rodgers, Katie Hadwin, Susannah Jones, and Camille Jones as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
Susannah will be remembered fondly for her sense of humor, beauty, charm, and love of politics. She championed all anti-discriminatory practices. She was a past president of the League of Women Voters and an active member of the Colonial Dames through her ancestor, Carter Braxton, Virginian and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Graveside service will be held on at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Laurel Grove North Cemetery with The Reverend Michael S. White officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Christ of Episcopal Church of Savannah.
I recently found out I am a Rockwell. I am of the John line from the Columbus, OH, area. Three Rockwell brothers came across the pond from Great Britain and possibly a 4th brother. I know three Rockwell grave sites are in the cemetery at "White Bluff Presbyterian Church." They are my grandfather's third cousins who're buried across the street from his house. I remember meeting this nice lady when I worked at Armstrong State College. Everybody told me she lived in Vernonburg and I know the area well since I was raised near the historic enclave. She was lovely and a nice person. When meeting her, a bell went of in my head and my grandfather John Rockwell was notifying me that we were related to her by marriage. My great grandfather is Jonathan Rockwell, buried in Denver, OH.
- Dorothy Rockwell, Savannah, GA
So sorry for your loss Elizabeth sending love prayers and support to you and your family.
- Karen Conner, Savannah, Georgia
Elizabeth-I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
- Lynn Odom, Savannah, GA
My deepest sympathy to the passing of your mother. She was such a lovely lady. I will keep the family in my prayers. I plan to send a donation to Christ Episcopal Church.
- Rosalind G. Evans, Savannah, GA
Kathryn, so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I'm praying that you will know peace and comfort during this time.
- Debbie Van Cott, Savannah , Ga
I worked with Suzanne at Armstrong in the early 1990s and she was such a pleasant person -- always had a smile on her face. I remember her fondly and pray that you will find comfort in the lives she touched. May God bless you.
- Josie Murphy, Savannah, GA
Elizabeth and Katherine, I am so very sorry about the loss of your Mom. When we met at Armstrong around 40 years ago, my first thought was that she was the most beautiful woman I had ever met. She was always smiling, cheerful, kind to everyone and just beautiful inside out! I really admired her intelligence and sense of humor also. It was a blessing to have had the pleasure of knowing and being friends with such a delightful person and we really had some good times! I Hope and pray that God and the warm memories you and your families have of your Mom will bring comfort to your hearts. God bless you all.
- Pat Taylor, Savannah, GA
Brian and I send our love and prayers for you and your family. Love Heather
- Heather Kaeser, Savannah, GEORGIA