Marjorie Suzanne ‘Susan’ Wallace Darnell, 68, master gardener with the Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Marjorie Suzanne 'Susan' Wallace Darnell
Marjorie Suzanne ‘Susan’ Wallace Darnell

Marjorie Suzanne ‘Susan’ Wallace Darnell, 68, of Virginia Beach, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Known to all as Susan or Sue, she was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend to those who knew her best.

Born Bishop’s Stortford, England, Susan came to the U.S. in 1956 and was raised by the most caring, loving and giving parents, Jean Medway Snyder, and stepfather, Edward Brown Snyder. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1973.

Susan is survived by her devoted daughters, Sarah Dodd (grandson, Riley Dodd) and Gwen Darnell; and siblings, Robin Brickell (spouse, Sean, nephew, Alex Snyder, and spouse, Jessica, and their children, Connor and Oliver; niece, Lesley Snyder and nephew, Quentin); Stephen Snyder (spouse, Anne, and nephews, Benjamin and William); Kate King Jones (spouse, Eric, and niece, Cameron King); and Tammy Murphy (spouse, Philip, niece, Emmanuelle, and nephews, Joshua, Charles and Samuel). She will always live in their hearts and continue to inspire them to be intelligent, independent, conscientious and caring individuals.

Susan adored Virginia Beach. Her nurturing nature translated very effortlessly to a passion for both education, and, like her mother, gardening. Susan obtained a teaching certificate from Old Dominion University and her bachelor’s degree from Stephens College.

Teaching in both public and private facilities, Susan did her best to make a positive, creative impact on all her students’ lives. Her time as a master gardener with the Norfolk Botanical Gardens showed that same urge to cultivate the best parts of life.

A twice-over breast cancer survivor, Susan had a unique view of life. She traveled when possible, but always returned home happy to sit down and relax with her two children, a myriad of dogs and a home-cooked meal. Notorious for fanciful stories, Susan had a knack for drawing people to her. Shows on the Discovery or History Channel always found ways to capture her imagination and engage her thoughts. What defined her the most was her love of, and dedication to, her family. Whatever Susan had to give was theirs — mostly her beautiful heart and soul. Her home was always filled with love, laughter and great food.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Susan’s caregivers, Alice Stephenson, Maria Salazar and the staff at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach. Their kindness, compassion and devotion will always be remembered.

The family will receive friends at from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at H.D. Oliver, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, followed by a memorial service from 4:30 to 5 p.m. lead by Cantor Elihu Flax.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Susan’s honor to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, or a charity of your choice in her memory.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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