BEDFORD, Ohio —
Susie (Stallsmith) Blackwood, 92, of Bedford, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2013, at The Oaks nursing home in Brecksville, Ohio.
Susie was born in Mercer County on Feb. 18, 1921, to George W. Stallsmith and Retta Maskrey Stallsmith. She married William Roy Blackwood on Jan. 30, 1943. They lived in Cochranton until 1963, then moved to Bedford, Ohio. William preceded her in death in March 1976.
She is survived by her sons, Roy and Gary; her brother, Donald Stallsmith and his wife, Lois; and sister, June Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and four sisters and two brothers, Elsie Boyd, Marie Stallsmith, Alice Allen, Eudora VanDyke, Joseph Stallsmith and Andrew Stallsmith.
Susie loved growing plants and flowers; her friends called her “the plant lady.” She was also a lover of books and poetry, and wrote many poems herself, including this one:
It’s not the actual dying I mind.
It's leaving God to those
Who might not appreciate Him.
Will you keep Him company
When you wake in the night?
Will you come and look at my flowers?