1943 – 2020
Suzanne Chandler Robinett Brown died at home surrounded by her family on July 28, 2020, in Louisville, KY. Suzanne, daughter of Hayden Maurice and Anne Mae Chandler Robinett, grew up in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Topeka High School. She later attended Washburn University in Topeka as well as The Tobé – Coburn School in New York City.
Suzanne spent many years in St. Louis, where her children were born and she met her second husband, Morgan Scott Brown. While she hadn’t lived there in many years, it always had a special place in her heart because it’s where her family truly came together as well as the many life-long friendships developed there that remain to this day. Other stops included a brief time in Los Angeles and then Louisville for the last 36 years. The other special place in her life was Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Introduced to the island in 1978, it became a destination for Suzanne and her family almost every summer. She loved the vibrant colors of the flowers and the landscape — hydrangeas, dahlias, daylilies, new dawn roses, hollyhocks and delphiniums all seemed brighter and more beautiful on the Vineyard.
She also loved interior decorating, and it was a passion that manifested itself in different ways throughout her life. Whether it was within her home or working with friends and family in theirs, she loved the creativity of decorating as much as “the hunt” for just the right piece to go in a certain place. She worked tirelessly in this pursuit, wading through fabric swatches, wallpaper and paint samples, linens and antique stores. She had a great eye and the results were always worth the wait. She poured her heart and soul into her house and was justifiably proud of those efforts. Her beautiful garden that she and Morgan painstakingly grew for over 30 years created a lovely oasis and has given her and her family years of pleasure being home.
Suzanne was one-of-a-kind in many ways. Loyal and curious, she had a firm manner coupled with just as big of a heart. She was proud of her family and her southern roots. “Tenacity Brown” as she was called, was the epitome of a do-er who wouldn’t take no for an answer. If she could find a way to make something happen, it would. She loved her many dogs over the years, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and considered them her auxiliary grandchildren. In recent years, they and her grandchildren were her priority and joy.
Suzanne is survived by her children, John R. Bradbury, Jr, of Darien, CT, and Sarah B. Robbins (Keith) of Louisville, KY. She leaves four grandchildren: Henry W. Robbins and William C. Robbins of Louisville, and John R. Bradbury, III and Lily S. Bradbury of Darien. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Morgan S. Brown, in 2005. They will all miss her very much.
She was a long time parishioner of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Louisville. A memorial service was held at St. Francis in August, and she will be interred with Morgan at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Bedford, NY at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her memory to St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.