On January 20th, Susan Warram passed away; wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many; Mom, Nana, Aunt Susan, Maman Susan and Susan.
Susan grew up in Portland, Oregon, the oldest of 4 children. Susan always credited her youthful look to her Scandanavian heritage, half Norwegian and half Finnish. She attended Grover Cleveland High School and was awarded a full scholarship to attend Radcliffe College (now Harvard University) in Boston Massachusetts. In 1959, her friends set her up on a blind date with a Harvard Medical School student, Jim Warram. Jim said he knew the moment he met her, that he would marry her. Susan said it took a little more time for her to realize that! Jim and Susan were married on June 26th, 1960 and in 1961, Susan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College. Her first job after graduation was a HS History teacher in Rochester NY, while Jim finished his residency. They moved to Washington DC, where in quick succession their first two children were born and a few years later moved to Boston, where they settled in Jamaica Plain, with their now, three children.
Susan was active in a number of local community action groups and the public schools. As the children got older, she began working as a bookkeeper for Urban Edge, a local non-profit, affordable housing organization. She continued to work in accounting for non-profits and urban housing organizations until her retirement. Susan and Jim often opened their home to families, friends and boarders from around the world. Susan was a wonderful cook, and always seemed to have a hearty soup simmering in the well of her antique Chambers stove. Susan enjoyed retirement, helping out with her grandchildren, visiting with friends and traveling. When driving across the country Susan was the navigator, well before GPS, and she filled the car with maps from every state they entered. When relaxing between trips, you would often find her on the porch swing on the front porch of 40 Pond Street, with a book and cup of coffee.
After nearly 40 years in Massachusetts, Susan and Jim moved to Norman, Oklahoma to be close to their middle sons children, buying the house next door! Their door was always open and their 3 grandchildren were frequent visitors. Susan quickly embraced her new community, performing with a radio theater company, teaching English as a second language at the local library, playing Mah Jong with friends, attending classes at the University of Oklahoma and continuing to travel around the country and abroad.
Susan and Jim eventually moved to Fairfield, Ohio to be closer to their youngest son and his young family. Susan once again, embraced her new community, exploring the Ohio parks and activities with her young granddaughter, participating in several book clubs and enjoying her Thursday afternoon Mexican Domino game at The Waterford.
Susan was always a teacher, to young and old. She was interested in what people were doing, and always wanted you to tell her your story. She was also curious and encouraged her grandchildren to always try before deciding if good or bad. She had a warm smile, which showed her dimples, and could be counted on to listen when you needed a friend.
Susan is survived by daughter Margaret and husband David Marder, son Jim Warram and wife, Kim, son Andrew and wife, Lori, sister Ruth Gregg, and brothers, David and Phil Gregg, 7 grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
Published on January 25, 2018