Suzanne D. Vinyard, mortgage banker

August 31, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Suzanne D. Vinyard, a homemaker and former mortgage banker, died of breast cancer Monday at her Stoneleigh home. She was 45.

Suzanne Desmarais was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood. She was a 1981 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and attended Western Maryland College - now McDaniel College - and Towson University.

Mrs. Vinyard had been a mortgage underwriter and loan officer for the old Signet Bank and later worked as an underwriter for the Republic Mortgage Insurance Co. until 2002.

The former Murdock Road resident, who moved to Stoneleigh in 2004, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.

"She participated in many Susan G. Komen races for the cure," said her husband of 18 years, Curtis H. Vinyard, a technical consultant for Philips Health Care.

When her two sons were students at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, she served as president, vice president and secretary of the school PTA.

She was a member of the Loyola Blakefield Mothers Club and was a supporter of Loyola High School's swimming and water polo teams. She also was a supporter of the Stoneleigh Sharks swim team.

Mrs. Vinyard enjoyed walking, camping, collecting antiques and traveling.

"We had been to Africa twice and visited Provence," her husband said.

Mrs. Vinyard was a member for many years of Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road in Timonium, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Also surviving are her sons, Kenneth G. Vinyard, 16, and Scott P. Vinyard, 13; her parents, Kenneth Desmarais, a WYPR radio personality whose on-air name is Ken Jackson, and her mother, Anne Desmarais of Northwood; a brother, Douglas Desmarais of Towson; and many nieces and nephews.

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