Suzanne Winton Obituary

June 5, 2013

in News,Obituaries,Woodstock

SOUTH WOODSTOCK — A private family interment and celebration of life will take place at a later date for Suzanne Talcott Curry Winton of South Woodstock, known to family and friends as ‘Sue,’ who died at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor on May 30, 2013. Visiting hours will be at Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7.
Sue was a resident of South Woodstock with her husband, David Winton, for 32 years. David Winton passed away in 2001. Sue continued residing at their home, Merrily Farm, until 2009.
Suzanne was born in 1924 in Argentina, the third child of Francis and Henrietta Peabody Curry. Henrietta was an American Citizen until her marriage to Francis. Francis Curry was a member of the British Foreign Service. The family returned to the United Kingdom in 1930.
Suzanne attended boarding school in Aldershot, Surrey until war with Germany seemed imminent in 1939. She was withdrawn from school, as Aldershot Air Field became a prime target for bombing. Aldershot Army Base was and remains Britain’s largest infantry training ground. On Sept. 3, 1939 Britain declared war on Germany and Sue Curry, at 14, began a journal of the war on all its’ fronts. By 1944 the handwritten journal had filled 21 school type 3 ring binders. The pages include news clippings of all fronts, photos of all major parties involved for the Allies and the Axis as well as a wealth of political cartoons by Lowe. The lined paper notations cite portions of major speeches made in Parliament and Congress and international political posturing as well as specific numbers of British Navy tonnage and lives lost.
In 1941 Suzanne, who held dual Argentine and British citizenships, was sent to the U.S. on a returning troop carrier as a companion to two younger children who had family members in the States. She joined her grandmother in Rye, N.Y.Soon after her arrival the decision was made to live at a family home in Palm Beach where Sue resumed her formal education at the Palm Beach Day School. She continued making journal entries, which include the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the War in the Pacific. Her brother Peter joined the RAF. He was shot down over Ireland in 1942, but survived his injuries and internment returning to Surrey after the war. Her brother Allan, serving as an officer on a minesweeper in the Royal Navy, was killed in a torpedo attack a week after the war officially ended. Suzanne became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955.
Sue traveled extensively in Southern Europe and North Africa with friends after the war and her schooling ended.
She returned to New York, where she married Bill Trubee Haebler in 1947. They had one child, Theodore Haebler, a resident of Washington State. Bill and Suzanne divorced in 1950. In 1968 Suzanne and David Winton were married and shortly thereafter moved to the farm in South Woodstock where they kept Morgan horses for pleasure riding. They loved opera and dance. Sue served for many years at Veteran’s Hospitals, both in New York and at White River, as a Red Cross volunteer. Sue engaged in fundraising for The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. In later years, Sue knitted several thousand small hats and pairs of mittens for distribution to Upper Valley children through The Haven.
Sue is survived by her son, Ted Haebler of Burien, Wash., and David Winton’s three daughters, Diana Hayes of South Woodstock, Priscilla Sands of Woodstock and Anne Black of Canton, Conn., as well as a devoted cousin, Elloise Sheldon of Seattle, Wash., three Curry nephews remain in Surrey, UK and a fourth resides in Queensland, AU. Through her marriage to David Winton, Sue leaves eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Sue requested a private interment be held in South Woodstock. Sue has directed that any remembrance be sent to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society in West Windsor.
Condolences may be offered at cabotfh.com

This obituary first appeared in the June 6, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.


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