Joanna J. Suitt, 79, homemaker and church secretary

May 03, 2006

Joanna J. Suitt, a homemaker and former church secretary, died of lung cancer and kidney failure Saturday at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore. She was 79.

She was born Joanna Jane Slusher and raised at her family's Winans Avenue home in HaleThorpe.

She graduated in 1944 from Elkridge High School.

She was married in 1947 to Albert Weems Suitt, a plumber who died in 1998.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Suitt worked as a secretary at Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, and later at St. Martin's-In-The-Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park. She retired in 1976.

Mrs. Suitt later became an accomplished upholsterer and operated an upholstery business from the basement of her Glen Burnie home.

An avid Orioles fan, she also enjoyed powerboating on the Chesapeake Bay, family members said.

Services are private.

Surviving are three daughters, Sandra E. Riley of Pasadena, Cheryl D. Morris of Chesapeake, Va., and Lee A. McKinnon of Lutz, Fla.; a brother, John Slusher of Laurel, Del.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Another daughter, Barbara Joanne Suitt, died in 1957.

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