Susan McInnes Howard


Susan McInnes Howard of Bryn Mawr, Pa., died on Nov. 20, 2018. She was the adored wife of Morton (Mote) Howard; devoted mother to Robert Howard, Brooke Howard McIlvaine, Nicholas Howard and Alexander (Max) Howard; beloved grandmother of Greer Howard, Emma Howard, Dillon Howard, Alexander McIlvaine, Brookie McIlvaine, Andy McIlvaine, Gus Howard, Stanley Howard, Lily Howard and Audrey Howard; fond sister of Brooke McInnes Ranck.

Susan Anne McInnes was born April 20, 1938, in Penn Valley, Pa., daughter of Anne and Robert McInnes. Susan attended The Agnes Irwin School, Westover School, Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania. While raising her children, Susan also earned a master’s degree in education at Chestnut Hill College. Susan taught at The Ardmore Presbyterian Nursery School, The Agnes Irwin School, and Bryn Mawr College Child Study Institute. An avid gardener and active member of Garden Workers, Susan was a major steward of Sharpe Park in Haverford.

Susan was the matriarch of the family and had boundless energy and appetite for adventure. She loved her family, friends, dogs, children, gardens, hiking mountains and exploring islands in Maine, elf houses, tennis, paddle, golf, reading (mysteries in particular) and Merrill Reese. No grandchild’s game, play or project was too small to warrant a road trip; just two weeks ago, Susan scrambled from borough to borough on foot, cab and subway to catch as many sightings as she could of her two granddaughters running the NYC Marathon.

Susan was, first and foremost, present for the people she loved. She was a superb listener, and a stalwart supporter of family, friends and Springer spaniels. Throughout her life, Susan was guided by love, curiosity, a sense of wonder and a desire to connect with people and the natural world. Susan’s departure leaves her many admirers heartbroken.

A memorial service will be held at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Susan’s honor can be made to Friends of Acadia (P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609), or to The Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation (130 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010).

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