Susan Charity Gracey, 68, of Parkersburg, died Monday August 8, 2022.
Susan was the daughter of the late William and Frances Gracey. She graduated from Parkersburg High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Education from West Virginia University.
Susan is survived by her beloved son, Matt Duke; daughter-in-law, Emily Duke; and grandson, William Duke, all of Poca, West Virginia.
In a career spanning more than 40 years as an educator, Susan has touched the lives of hundreds of students in Wood County. She loved teaching first grade and excelled at guiding students in math and science. Susan was a National Board Certified Teacher, won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, and USA Today All USA Teacher Team. Susan participated in the Japanese Fulbright Memorial program, where she studied education and culture in Japan for an extended period.
After retiring from Wood County schools, Susan was chosen as principal of North Christian School. A faithful member of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church, Susan had the honor of leading Christian education efforts for North. Her love of teaching and desire to build a strong Christian foundation for her students made this the perfect position for Susan. His family and friends are comforted by his unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.
Although Susan was very accomplished as an educator, her favorite role was that of mother. Susan’s love for her son and his family was evident to all who knew her. Her bright smile and energetic personality warmed a room. She was fortunate to have several close friends who were considered her family.
Susan was also an avid world traveler. She had a particular interest in the British Isles and enjoyed studying British culture. Susan has visited over 20 countries, most recently leading a small church group on a pilgrimage to Israel.
Susan was currently secretary at North Parkersburg Baptist Church, where she enjoyed helping with ministry programs such as Friendship Kitchen. Susan did not request any flowers for her memorial service. To honor his wishes, donations are encouraged to Friendship Kitchen at 3109 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26104.
There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at the North Parkersburg Baptist Church, 3109 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, West Virginia. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 13 at the church.
Susan will be interred in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with a private family service.
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