Susannah Ryan Reid, 48

Susannah Ryan Reid, 48, left this world peacefully on Tuesday December 16th, 2014.

A student of the arts in New York City, she studied at American Ballet Theatre School, JoJo's Dance Factory, and the High School of the Performing Arts. After traveling and independent study, Susannah became a member of and instructor for the West Virginia Martial Arts Association and taught Kids' Kung Fu and SelfDefense.

She volunteered as a dance teacher at Reedy Elementary, as an assistant to American Bandstand, and made many contributions to the arts in our community. In 2012, while undergoing treatment, she was certified as a Zumba instructor.

Professionally, Susannah did proofreading for Scholastic, Harper Collins, St. Martin's Press, and Random House. Locally, she worked for AppaLight; as a freelance writer; and as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Hospice.

Susannah met her beloved husband, James D. Reid, in 1991 and, after nine wonderful years, they welcomed their amazing son, James Elijah Reid. The family is affiliated with the Spencer Presbyterian Church.

Susannah is survived by her husband and son, in addition to a large, loving family. A Memorial will be held at The Heritage Park Building in Spencer on Sunday December 21st at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, if possible, Susannah would appreciate a donation to her son's educational fund by check to:

James Reid
Smart529 WV Direct
P.O. Box 55362
Boston, MA, 02205

Or use the online link at   and enter code 638Y3D

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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