- About Us
Suzanne Donovan Coston was born in North Muskegon, Michigan on July 23, 1937.
Suzie benefited from being the youngest of four children, by being the center of the family’s attention. She had a rowboat to go fishing with Dad, or to take her dogs Cyclone and Pepper out on the lake and a pony named Prince, for her riding passion.
The family moved to Delray Beach, Florida where Suzie attended Sea Crest High School and Palm Beach Junior College. She was nicknamed Pretty Perky Sue Coston and was quite adept on the golf team.
In Delray Beach she met James Goldsmith, married and together they headed to Seattle in 1958. There she busied herself raising four children, first on Queen Anne Hill and then in Magnolia.
Suzie enjoyed the community and gave of her artistic talents. She was an avid acrylic painter, a calligraphy teacher, a make-up artist with Vivianne Woodard cosmetics, and enjoyed her booth at the annual Magnolia Art Fair during the summers. Her community involvement stretched to the Our Lady of Fatima parish where she volunteered at the Sunday coffee hour gatherings and with the Catholic Childhood Association. In addition, Suzie was a hostess at The Tea Room on the 8th floor of Frederick & Nelson’s department store in downtown Seattle.
During the late 60’s, and into the following decades, Suzie manifested signs of mental illness and she journeyed through some challenging times. With the help of compassionate caregivers and friends she remained sharp, witty, brave, and fashionable. She taught us the value of inclusion when someone is suffering from mental illness and the beauty of her brilliant mind.
2009 brought about a turning point in Suzie’s life as she settled into her ‘forever home’ under the care of the Precious Friends Adult Family Home, who welcomed her warmly and became her second family. There she blossomed and shared her generous self, touching the lives of others with her kindness, wonderful sense of humor and infectious smile.
Suzie is missed by many but will always be remembered for her conviction, strength in the midst of adversity, her creativity, humor and love. We thank everyone who shared in our lives with her and feel blessed to have called you part of our family.
She is preceded in death by her father Michael Coston, mother Adelaide Fleckenstein Coston, siblings Marie Chrystal, Betty Boyce, Michael Coston and her grandson Brian Hennessey.
Suzie is survived by her family James Goldsmith Sr. (ex-husband), James Goldsmith Jr, Carson Goldsmith (grandson), Jane Mooney (Loren), JoAnne Hennessey (Tom), Catherine, Shannon and Andy Hennessey (grandchildren), John Goldsmith, Skyler (grandson), as well as several
In-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private remembrances will be held. Donations may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI of Washington) or NAVOS Mental Health Solutions (West Seattle) in her memory.