Susan M. Willerton, 70, beloved friend, family member and devoted
mother, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, died after a battle with cancer on March 14, 2015. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the family she gave so much to during her life.
She was born August 10, 1944, to the late Arthur Willerton and the
late Lois Caldwell Willerton.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s she worked for various national
entertainment and news companies. She played with lion cubs before
their appearance on the Today show, was once given an entire roomful of roses by Betty White because Betty White is just that lovely a person, met numerous movie stars, business leaders, and moguls, both in their heyday Art Rooney, who she thought was a wonderful old gentleman and before they climbed the ranks, David Geffen, who was a lowly clerk beneath her, whom she wrote a letter to years later after
he became an industry unto himself, and he was nice enough to write her back, remembering her.
Like everyone of her generation, she witnessed amazing history as it unfolded, participating even if from the sidelines, like when she took a trip through segregated Virginia to meet a friend and went through a “colored” cafeteria line to get
food, not understanding and certainly not appreciating the mores she was breaking, and thus unaware of the reason she was getting glares from other white people in the neighboring line or the inadvertent statement she was making about a system destined to break apart within just a few years.
She fell in love, married twice, divorced twice, still had love in her heart for them both when they predeceased her, especially Howard Meyer, the father of her child. In addition to her parents and her ex-husbands, she was predeceased by aunts, Lena Caldwell, Helen Willerton Stewart Roman, Marjorie Willerton White, and uncles, John Willerton and Lowell Caldwell.
In more recent years, she took pride in helping children as an
employee of Community Action Commission, and was an active member of the local Wilson Shannon QUESTERS chapter.
More than what she did or saw, she was the rock of her family
throughout her life, and throughout generations. Whenever a friend or family member, whether it be her mother, aunt, uncle, husband, close
friend, pet, daughter-in-law, or son, needed something, she provided it. She was unapologeticaly biased in favor of those she loved,
defending them whether they were right or wrong, a fierce ally in all things. She was a charismatic force of nature, and she will be
She is survived by her son, Andrew A. Meyer, and daughter-in- law, Harmony A. Hicks, of Lakewood Ohio.
Friends will be received Thursday from 11 am until time of Susan’s funeral service at 1 pm at Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, 204 W. Main St., St. Clairsville with Rev. Homer Harden officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville.
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Andy and Harmony, You and your family are in my thoughts .
I wished we had more time, I would have loved to get to know you better. Yet, I felt that we were good friends. We had lots in common. We both love Andy and Harmony.
Our world is a better place because you have been here.
I had the pleasure of working with Sue at WesBanco. Sue was witty, caring, and a friend. We shared many laughs and even a few tears. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies to the family.
I knew Sue from when she worked with me at WesBanco. She was a lovely person – someone you would never forget. I am so sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathy in your loss, Andy & Harmony. Susan was such a good neighbor for so long, and though we didn’t know each other well, when we talked it was always about our “boys” & how proud we were at the wonderful young men they had become. I remember most that Susan had a smile that put anyone who talked to her at ease, and her sense of humor was marvelous. She will be missed by all who knew her and especially by those who loved her and who she loved. Keeping you in thought and prayer. Again Andy and Harmony, please accept my deepest sympathy.
Sue was a lovely person. I so enjoyed the time we spent together and the talks we had. I will truly miss her. My deepest sympathies to you, Andy and Harmony.