Aged 70 Years
Late of St Albans
Loving Daughter of Joy & Tony (dec).
Beautiful Sister of John, Lynette (dec), Ann & Vicki.
Nan of Katie & Meg.
Favourite Aunt of many Nieces & Nephews.
Treasured Friend to many.
Suzanne was known to most as Suzie, she was born 3rd December 1948 in Taree to Joy & Tony Startin.
As a child Suzie grew up on an isolated dairy farm at Willina on the edge of Wang Wauk forest with her siblings John, Lyn, Ann & Vicki. As children they had to entertain themselves, Suzie developed a strong love of art, reading & the natural world. Suzie’s first experience with clay was on the edge of the farm dam where she found natural clay to make models, together with her siblings they roamed the farm catching tadpoles, climbing trees & watching baby pigs & calves being born.
Suzie was a very trusting Sister, she would often accept dares from her Brother John. One was to climb a Sapling tree whilst her siblings watched, John was pretty handy with an axe from a young age & soon had the tree down. Suzie emerged from the leaves & branches thankfully unscratched.
Suzie always had a beautiful & caring nature from when she was a child & as being the eldest she was more than just a Sister, she was a Friend & a second Mother to her Sisters & always cared deeply about Family.
Suzie began her schooling at a one-teacher country school at Willina Public School & later at Coolongolook Public. Her High School years were spent at Taree High School, her favourite subject was Art.
Suzie boarded with her Grandmother at Hallidays Point during her High School years. After Suzie finished school she went to Newcastle Teachers College to train as an Art Teacher. Suzie’s heart was in her art & she completed an honours year at Newcastle Art School after her training completed.
In 1975 Suzie travelled to Roti Island in Indonesia, in the village of Bogor she learned the arts of pottery, balk & weaving, Suzie loved the people she met there. This time in her life had a big impact on the direction she took & the love of different cultures Suzie developed for the rest of her life, Suzie dreamed of travelling again one day.
Suzie taught Art for the next ten years, her first position was at Temora High School which she was a great mentor and carer for all her students & everyone she knew. Suzie’s home became an open house where students could come to talk & listen to music.
Suzie returned to Sydney & studied Pottery at East Sydney Technical College, she worked as a full time Potter in inner city group workshops for five years in Ultimo & Balmain where she established her skills & style of pottery & glazes. Suzie established a reputation as one of Australia’s best young potters of that era.
Suzie was a much loved Aunt for all her Nephews & Nieces & shared many memorable times with them.
In 1980 Suzie met Gil Jones at Balmain markets, Suzie embraced the role of Nan to her two Grand-daughters Katie & Meg Jones, whom she held a special place in her heart. Suzie & Gil remained a couple for twenty years & moved to St Albans in 1985 where they established Wallambine Pottery at their home. Suzie & Gil built their St Albans gallery during 1995 to 1996 & ran it together before sadly seperating in 2003. Suzie continued to run her beloved gallery for another seven years, her gallery became her hive of social activity where you could always get a cuppa & a good conversation. As Director of St Albans gallery Suzie was strongly involved in many community events including organiser of al the markets. Suzie joined the local choir & opened her doors to events such as the St Albans folk festival & Shahzada, Suzie exhibited & was proud to support many local artists through out her time.
Suzie then took her love of art back to teaching at the McDonald Valley Public School, this was a role she was very passionate about & took great joy in bringing art to the primary children of the valley, Suzie was greatly involved in the schools 150 year celebrations & was a valued member of the St Albans community.
Family & Friends will always remember Suzie as a beautiful soul, a caring, compassionate & nurturing woman. Suzie was always someone whose shoulder you could lean on & talk troubles through with & she was a fighter for human rights, someone who gave unconditional love & judged not.
Our Suzie will be deeply missed & carried in our hearts forever.
Funeral service details
Date: Friday, 18th January, 2019
Family & Friends are invited to attend Suzie’s Graveside Service to be held at St Albans New Cemetery Wollombi Road, St Albans.
In lieu of flowers family have asked that donations be made to the Leukemia foundation.