Susan Mather

Susan Hallsworth Mather
BEACON, NY- Susan Hallsworth Mather passed away peacefully and with dignity and grace on September 16th, 2011, at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Newburgh, NY, following a courageous 4 year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 63.
Sue was born on February 6, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia, to John and Sarinthia Hallsworth. Her mother predeceased her in 2007. She graduated from Clarkston High School in Atlanta, GA and went on to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA.
She married her high school sweetheart Elton Bruce Mather on November 1, 1969. Bruce and Sue spent the next 42 years living in wonderful cities such as Avondale Estates, GA and Knoxville, TN, among others, finally settling in Beacon, New York, in 2003. Sue loved the Hudson River Valley and its people and the beauty of the Hudson River.
Sue spent much of her adult life as a professional fundraiser for charities such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Helen Keller International, and Orbis International. Her final charitable position was Chief Development Officer for Community Access, Inc. in lower Manhattan, from which she retired in April of this year. She devoted her life to helping others and helped raise millions of dollars for people in need throughout her lifetime.
Sue was also a well-loved member of her community and made friends wherever she went. She inspired many with her upbeat, positive attitude and pragmatic approach to life. She was a writer, avid reader and philosopher in her own rite, and her musings on Life are cherished by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband Bruce Mather of Beacon, daughter Mary Bliss McCrossen and her husband Brent of New Orleans, LA, son Jason Mather and his wife Elizabeth of Nashville, TN and their three children, Raquel, Clayton, and Charlotte. She is also survived by her father John D. Hallsworth, Sr. of St. Helens, OR and brothers William Hallsworth, Sr., in Georgia and John Hallsworth, Jr. in Oregon. Sue is also survived by uncles, aunts and numerous cousins, all of whom loved her dearly, including special cousin and Sue’s “sister” Nancy Johnston of Beacon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Sue’s name to either (1) Community Access, Inc. Attn: Development Office, 2 Washington Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY, 10004; (2) the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, 230 W. Monroe, Suite 2528, Chicago, IL, 60606-4703; or (3) to the charity of your choice.
A service in honor of her life and memory will be celebrated at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, at The First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, 50 Liberty Street, Beacon, NY. Additional memorial services will be held in Manhattan and Atlanta, GA, dates to be determined.
The family wants to thank the physicians, nurses and staff of the New York University Clinical Cancer Center, the 5th Floor Oncology department at Vassar Hospital, the Hospice of Dutchess/Ulster County, and the Kaplan Family Hospice for the caring and professional treatment of Sue as she fought against ovarian cancer. Special thanks are also given to all of those angels – you know who you are – who helped with meals and care for Sue, sent cards, and made visits. We will be forever grateful to each of you.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508.

Date Of Service
Thursday 09/22/2011 at 6 pm

Location Of Service
The First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, 50 Liberty Street, Beacon

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  1. Rebecca Harmon says:

    Bruce- Your DeRoyal family is thinking of you here in Knoxville, TN. We love you and want you to know how much we are praying for your peace and comfort. Celebrate Sue’s life, she was a wonderful lady.

  2. Cal and Ginger Horton says:

    Bruce, Jason, and Mary Bliss:

    Ginger and I loved Sue and will always have fond memories of the times we shared together in Decatur. All of you will be in our thoughts and hearts in the days ahead.

  3. Kristin Lax says:

    I had the privilege and honor of working for Sue at ORBIS International. She was an inspiring role model whose positive, upbeat attitude was contagious to everyone who knew her. The world needs more people like Sue, whose kindness, sensitivity and sense of humor were second-to-none. I send my deepest condolences to Bruce, Mary Bliss, Jason and the extended family. She spoke of her love for you constantly. How fortunate I feel to have known her, and how sad I feel that she has left us.

  4. Bernadette Morris says:

    My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. I am praying for you and your family.

  5. Marti Schallern says:

    To my Dearest Friend, Soozie —- looking down and smiling at the many, many friends who adored you. You are my inspiration, dear friend. And such a good audience! My lameless comments always struck you — thank you for affording me that. – I’ve missed you all these years, and now will rely on memories to bring you to me.

    You are here. I know it.
    Your adoring friend,

  6. Ruth Harper says:

    I knew Susie when she was in Atlanta many years ago. i also know her dad and late mom . She was very fine and my condolences go to John Johnny, and Bill. What a precious family

  7. Paul Bianchi says:

    Bruce, Jason, and Mary Bliss,

  8. JEFF C. and LAURA HAMLING says:

    Susan was a wonderful woman with whom we shared many laughs and good times in Atlanta. We feel your loss, Bruce, and your many friends in Avondale Estates and Atlanta will always remember her sweet spirit and kindness to all. She had a winning smile and friendly personality which she shared with everyone who knew her. God bless you and yours.

  9. Bob & Joy Lankswert says:


    Joy and I are thinking of you in this time of loss. I know you’ll treasure the wonderful years you enjoyed with Sue. Please know that your friends in Atlanta are praying for you and your family.

  10. David Flick says:

    May you now rest in peace. Well deserved, good and faithful servant.

    My sympathy to the family.

    With love.

  11. Mary Bliss McCrossen says:

    Thank you everyone for your sweet notes and condolences. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

    -Mary Bliss (Sue’s daughter)

  12. Clay and Susan Reese says:

    Bruce, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. Shirley and Bill Hollberg says:

    Bruce, Jason and Mary Bliss – we were saddened to read that Sue is gone and want you to know that we are thinking of you. She was always such a delight to be around. We’ve thought of you over the years whenever we’re near Avondale Estates and of course when we drive by the Dorchester (now Lullwater Parc) which is often since we’re still next door. Mitch and Bennett send their warm greetings and affection too.

  14. Carol Fuller says:

    Bruce, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol Fuller

  15. Bobby and Vickie Hamilton says:

    Bruce, It is with much sadness we learned of Susie’s passing. Seems like yesterday we were all in high school and had our whole lives in front of us. We enjoyed knowing you and Susie over the years and have missed seeing you. Sounds like you have lived in many interesting places and had a wonderful life together. We just happened to be with some friends several weeks ago that had The Atlanta Journal with th obituary in it. We were floored by it. We will keep you in our prayers. God Bless, Bobby and Vickie.

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