Fam­ily trib­ute to pop­u­lar vil­lage char­ac­ter Susie, 61

Quil­ter’s fancy dress shop also pro­vided for pan­tos, plays and proms

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Death Shocks Village - By Sam Wil­liams

A lov­ing mum and busi­ness­woman with a pen­chant for patch­work has sadly died at the age of 61.

The heart­bro­ken fam­ily of Susie Rus­sell, from Pluck­ley, say they will re­mem­ber her huge smile and con­ta­gious laugh fol­low­ing her death last month.

Mrs Rus­sell had been in and out of hos­pi­tal since Au­gust last year but sadly suf­fered a heart at­tack on Jan­uary 30, from which she never re­cov­ered.

She leaves be­hind hus­band of 42 years Pete, 68, son Paul, 34, daugh­ter Sam Cartwright, 39, and grand­chil­dren Lau­ren, Jas­mine, Har­vey, Alyshia and Leo.

Mrs Cartwright said: “Mum had a huge smile, con­ta­gious laugh­ter and was in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous with sup­port she gave to oth­ers.

“She would make cush­ions and quilts for peo­ple, and cakes. She was well known in the vil­lage. Peo­ple would pop into her shop just to see mum.

“She will be sorely missed by many.” Susie Rus­sell as a pearly queen; in­set, Susie with hus­band Pete, when they were dat­ing

Mrs Rus­sell ran Dis­guise & Gowns Fancy Dress, in Piv­ing­ton Mill, Pluck­ley, for more than 30 years, and had about 4,000 out­fits in her col­lec­tion.

She pro­vided cos­tumes for all the pan­tos in the vil­lage, as well as school plays and proms.

Mr Rus­sell, who met Susie at a dance in Ash­ford when she was 16, said her real pas­sion was patch­work.

He said: “She had one hobby that was very time-con­sum­ing. She was a quil­ter. She was be­sot­ted with them. She made dozens for fam­ily and friends.”

Mrs Cartwright added: “Her ma­jor ob­ses­sion which has taken over her work­shop and ev­ery room at home is patch­work.

“Mum has sewn by hand dozens of quilts for fam­ily, friends and char­ity for cel­e­bra­tions, in mem­ory and as a hug!”

Mrs Rus­sell, who was born in Ash­ford, even helped launch the Pluck­ley Patch­work ex­hi­bi­tions with friend Judy Poole. The third one will take place this year in her mem­ory.

Mrs Rus­sell’s fu­neral will be held at St Ni­cholas Church, The Street, Pluck­ley, on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, at 1.30pm and then at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium from 2.40pm.

Af­ter­wards peo­ple are in­vited to The De­r­ing Arms pub, in The Grove, Pluck­ley.

Do­na­tions in her mem­ory will go to­wards the vil­lage hall, with cheques payable to Pluck­ley Parish Coun­cil Vil­lage Hall Ac­count and can be sent to Earl & Co Fu­neral Di­rec­tors in Ash­ford.

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