Suzanne Chisholm

Suzanne G. Chisholm

July 9, 1945 - April 3, 2019
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Suzanne Grace Chisholm, age 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019, under hospice care, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Malden, MA on July 9, 1945 and was the daughter of Walter & Jean (Cottreau) Chisholm, and the sister of Jeanine Hallberg.

Suzanne was raised, and grew up in Westford, MA. She was a resident of North Chelmsford for 17 years, and was recently residing in Carlisle, MA.

Suzanne graduated from high school at Westford Academy, where she was an adventurous young woman, with great spirit and ambition. Throughout her life, she worked for various companies as an executive assistant, which included GCA Corp, a vendor of critical computer chip making company, which closed its' doors in 1993. After that she decided to take a couple of years off to stay home and spend more time with her children. She later went back to work as a rape crisis counselor in Lowell, MA, at a center dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault through counseling, advocacy, and education. She ultimately retired from her position at, as an executive administrator at the Museum of Our National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.

Suzanne was an amazing cook who loved to host her family and friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of her cooking will truly miss it. She loved to garden, be in her yard, and create flower arrangements, either for herself or for friends and events. I think in another life, she would have followed that path as a profession, because she enjoyed it so much, and was truly exceptional at it.

Suzanne was very much a cat person, and loved her companions, who helped keep her company and give her undivided love throughout her life.

Suzanne is survived by her children; daughter Hope Jordan, grandson Benjamin Jordan, of Chelmsford, son, Matthew Killam, daughter-in-law Luciana Killam, and grandkids; Elias and Camila Killam of Chelmsford. She is also survived by her sister Jeanine Hallberg, and brother-in-law Jack Hallberg. She was a loving aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD.

Funeral services and interment will be held privately.
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    April 7, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    April 7, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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Helaine Blonder Davis

Posted at 04:19pm
To: Hope, Matt and your extended families:

Suzanne and I worked together at the National Heritage Museum for almost nine years. Our friendship extended beyond the doors of the museum. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. I will always remember Suzanne's kindness, creativity, sense of style and her great sense of humor. She was fun to be with and had an upbeat personality. Her flower arrangements were beautiful and it was clear how much she truly enjoyed cooking. She had a way of putting her own spin and style on anything that she was creating. My sincere condolences for all of you-- she will be greatly missed.
Helaine Davis

Warren Brown

Posted at 06:15am
If a sort of reticence characterizes the shape of neighborliness here at Benfield Farms, delimiting our knowledge of the range and scope of others' professional, vocational, and personal lives, the rich, diverse, all together wonderful contributions Suzanne brought to the various contexts blessed with her gifts, as described in her obituary here, simultaneously come as both a revelation and no surprise at all. Our past five years living down the hall from each other have provided many opportunities for me to get to know Suzanne that both inform and transcend the facts of her life. For example, her store of knowledge, keen intelligence, and insights as applied to things pragmatic, aesthetic, and domestic in both the natural world and human nature itself were expansively apparent, for all her humility and quietude inherent in keeping a low profile. In an environment not dissimilar to frame stories created by Agatha Christie, wherein a cross section of the feast of humanity is brought together by circumstance, with all our concomitant peccadilloes and foibles, Suzanne's gimlet eye combined with her sophisticated understanding of psychological forces at work among individual residents made her alert to Benfield behaviors. Yet, thanks to her compassion and gentility, never once did I ever hear her make a disparaging or condescending remark about anyone. Perhaps most notably, the fortitude and courage with which she met physical challenges arising from her compromised health, never complaining about and never sentimentalizing the direness of her situation, were quite extraordinary. As another neighbor commented regarding Suzanne, "Some people are just special." In her novel "Middlemarch," George Eliot observes how true heroes are more often than not found among those we might easily overlook, an understanding perhaps lost in this age of proliferations of superhero movies. Suzanne was heroic. The gift she has been to Benfield Farms will be sorely missed. Her battle o'er, her victory won, may she rest in peace and may her memory forever be a blessing.

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