Susan Brown

Susan Brown

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle”- Churchill. From age 4 Susan was in breeches and boots, winning many a ribbon, mostly show jumping. But her real calling in life was to be a mom. The late Tyler certainly had two engaged parents, but Susan was undoubtedly his caregiver, though she wasn’t of the helicopter variety. She’d encourage him to venture out and explore his world. They were peas in a pod; as a young child she’d buy him hearing protection so they could share the riding mower. The Brown home would be a joyous place full of love and cats and dogs and chickens and ducks and whatever other animals happened to cross her path. Susan named her dogs after wines and her cats after candy; the chickens and ducks named by personality. When Susan heard someone was exploring colleges she’d go into full marketing mode for her alma mater, James Madison University. If her T.V. was on she’d be checking out some period pieces usually with a glass of cabernet sauvignon in hand. She was born in Camden and raised in Haddonfield Township and was a graduate of Haddon Township High School. Susan brought her calming ways to the workplace as a risk manager for Universal Health Services.
Through friends she’d meet a handsome guy named Russell. He asked for her number; without pen and paper he had to memorize it. Their first dates would be a whirlwind including the most romantic of dates to Jay’s Elbow Room and tie shopping. They both loved dalmatians. Russ wowed her with the word esoteric. Within months it was clear they were on a journey to marriage but they thought maybe they should keep it quiet. Problem was it was obvious to everyone.
She is survived by her husband, Russell and her sister, Sally Ritchie Burns (Greg) and was pre-deceased by her son, Tyler and her parents, Bill and June Ritchie.
Come celebrate 61 great years Friday 9-12 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a noon service. Interment Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro. Donations in lieu of flowers to Tyler’s Camp ( will be appreciated.


  1. Bramble Family says:

    The Bramble Family sends our deepest condolences to Russ, Sally and Susan’s extended family. I’m so thankful to have crossed paths with her. Her emotions were always so genuine and pure. God speed Susan.

  2. Bonnie Piro says:

    There are no words. Susan was a dear friend and would do anything for those she loved. I know she is in a better place – back with Tyler. She is at peace and can now connect with her most precious son.

    Russ, you are forever in our prayers.

  3. Loewe says:

    It is of no surprise that I met Susan through the love of horses. She was a dear friend to me for the past few years and we shared so many conversations about the love of horses, dogs, and wine. I will miss our long chats snd days at the barn so much. I send all of my love to her and her family in this awful time. Susan, cheers and I hope you are riding high above us with Tyler.

  4. Karen Morrison says:

    Susan is my dear friend with whom I shared many laughs, many tears, and many many drinks. I have fond memories of our short time together and I will miss her dearly.

    Susan, Tyler must have needed you. You are together again. Russ, we are always here for you.

  5. The Frazer Girls says:

    Susan you were a ray of sunshine and never at a loss for words. You will be forever remembered.

  6. Cheryl says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family and friends during this difficult time. May you find peace with the wonderful memories you have had together.

  7. Sandra Browning says:

    Susan brought a real expertise to her role at UHS. She will be sorely missed. Thinking of you, her family, during this time of great loss.

  8. Mr.& Mrs Mark Hampton says:

    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel in my heart
    Sue was a great, awesome person ,knowledgeable, kind hearted ,willing to help and fight for you as if it was for herself.
    my heart swelled with Sorrow ..sorry for your loss Russ.Deepest sympathies.Praying for peace to pass all understanding and to heal
    A broken heart . Sue’s with her Tyler, I remember many of dinners we’d had as she picked up Tyler after work .my heart hurts.So sorry for your loss
    Mark and Carmela Hampton’s Family

  9. Jim and Barb Eckman says:

    Susan was a wonderful neighbor who always stopped to chat when walking or driving by. We are so sorry to hear of her passing and will remember her fondly!

  10. Frank, Stacey and Harmony Jennings says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to Sue’s family and loved ones. Although we have not known Sue for very long, it was clear how much she loved her time at the barn and riding. She was always funny, kind and willing to offer tips and encouragement to beginners like Harmony. I have no doubt she is with her son once again and watching over all of her friends and loved ones.

  11. Kathi Easterday says:

    I’m going to miss Susan so much. We shared so many fun times and lots of laughs. My favorite times were hanging out on the side lines during our kids games, running together, the camping trip with Karen and the kids, our trip to San Diego and our shopping trips that always ended with a martini. I truly cherished our friendship, a friendship that will never be forgotten.

  12. David and Dawn Duegaw says:

    From being allowed to be the limo driver at her wedding, to the many years of meeting up with friends here in Virginia, Susan made us smile. Her enthusiasm when discussing the adoption process and then the backyard campouts with all the kids showed her joy and love of parenthood. Our hearts are full of good time memories, she was a fun, intelligent and caring friend.

  13. Bonnie Coccagna says:

    I worked with Susan at Mercy, she was a very dedicated employee. May your memories temper your sorrow.

  14. Laura Gontz says:

    I am so sorry I am just learning of Susans passing. I worked with her at Northeastern Hospital where she mentored me in risk. We were again colleagues at Trinity. Susan will be remembered as fun and easy to talk to. I am so sorry for your loss.

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