Susan Cooper Hodge, 61, of 21 Beacon Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island, left this world suddenly, on Sunday, May 16, 2021. She was found in her garden, one of her favorite placeson earth.
Born in November 1959 in Port Washington, New York, she was a graduate of the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, and Cornell University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Before having children, she worked in the horticulture industry designing interior installations.
An adult émigré to Rhode Island, Susan loved her life here near the water. She grew up racing Blue Jays at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and on Long Island Sound.
Not one to sit quietly by, she dove enthusiastically into a wide range of organizations with her energy and talent, including Meeting Street School, Rocky Hill School, the Girl Scouts, Canterbury School and the Cornell Club of Rhode Island. More recently, she built a house in Warwick Neck near to the Warwick Neck Country Club. She was often seen buzzing around in her golf cart playing in the Twilight League (which she created), as well as the Eighteen Hole, and Nine Hole Leagues. She also joined the Garden Club, Book Club, Bridge Club, Knitting Club and Mahjong Club as well as serving on the Board of Governors and various committees. The Warwick Neck Improvement Association also benefitted from her gardening expertise.
Susan is survived by her daughter, Katherine M. Hodge, son Evan A. Hodge, and two fur babies, all of Warwick, Rhode Island; sister, Beth C. Kubinec (John) of Louisville, Kentucky;sister-in-love, Bea M. Cooper (widow of Donald); aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, retaining the title of “Aunt Soup.” She is preceded in death by her best friend, soulmate, and husband, David A. Hodge of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; parents Peter and Jean Cooper of Southold, New York; brother, Donald M. Cooper of Little Falls, New Jersey.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, May 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Rd., Warwick. Further visiting will be available at Boyle’s on Monday, May 24 at 10 a.m. with the funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at 12:30 at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Sue’s honor to the Canterbury School, Class of 1977 Fund, 101 Aspetuck Ave. New Milford CT 06776.
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