Susan Morrisson (born Susan Elisabeth Porter), 79, died peacefully on February 22, 2018 surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her husband, B. David Williams, her children Beth Belluscio (Rockville, MD), Jill Armitage (Everett, WA), David Armitage (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and Sunder Khurana (Seattle, WA). She also leaves 8 grandchildren: Lisa, Christina, and Michael Belluscio; Anika, Eveline, and Matthias Armitage; and Jia and Zohra Khurana.
Susan was born January 30, 1939 in Los Angeles, to James Truitt Porter and Fanny Cranshaw Morrisson. After graduating from Occidental College, she married Thomas Armitage, with whom she carried out her dream of creating a large family. They divorced in 1990. In 1995, she married Dave Williams, her long-time friend, who was her loving support and faithful companion to her last day.
She approached her entire life with gusto, dedication, and adventurous, hearty engagement. A champion for social justice, she gave her time and leadership to creating positive change for children, immigrants, the homeless, sustainability and community. Her nature-based spiritual orientation guided her interests and contributions culminating in ordination by the Interfaith Institute of Berkeley, after completing an M. Div. from Seattle U.
Susan loved birding, camping, and wildcrafting northwest edibles. She curated her home to become a wildlife sanctuary, home to bald eagles, owls, deer, and native plants.
She was an avid artist throughout her life, creating works in stained glass, pottery, and most recently Sumi painting, showing and selling her work in several venues. She currently has her paintings on display at the Mercer Island Library.
Susan was diagnosed with colon cancer in May 2016 and faced this condition with strength, courage, and grace – as she did with all things.
A celebration of her life will be held at Eastshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellevue, WA on March 24, at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be given to the Audubon Society (action.audubon.org/donate/now) or to KCTS9 (kcts9.org/support).