Susie Bell PetersonSeptember 16, 1937 ~ March 18, 2018 (age 80)
Mrs. Susie Bell Smith-Peterson was born on September 16, 1937, in Twin City, Georgia to the late Louis Smith Sr. and Lillie Mae Smith. In 1939, after having their second daughter Helene, the family moved to Miami, Florida and resided in Overtown where two more siblings were added to the family, Louis Jr. and Eugene.
She was the eldest of the four Smith Children. Sue as she was lovingly called, joined in membership to Temple Baptist Church in Overtown at an early age where she attended to adulthood. Her formative education included Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Bunche Park Elementary, and Dorsey Jr. High and culminated with graduating from Miami Northwestern Senior High. She continued her education after high school by attending Miami Dade College for one year.
Susie started her work career by working with young handicapped children at the United Cerebral Palsy of Dade County after which she worked with pre-school children at the Community Action Agency of Dade County. She worked in the Head Start Program where she retired after 30 years of service.
Susie met and married Johnnie Lee Peterson in 1966 and to their union one son was born Johnnie Lee Peterson Jr., whom she lovingly called “Jay”.
Auntie Sue could be relied on to assist with the care of all eight of her nieces and nephews, which she did with loving and tender care.
Her husband Johnnie Lee Peterson Sr. precedes Susie in death along with parents Louis Smith Sr., and Lillie Mae Mitchell Smith and Brother Louis Smith Jr.
She leaves to mourn and cherish her wonderful memories a loving son Johnnie Peterson Jr. (Angie) of Miami, Florida; two grandchildren whom she adored Jaquanne and Jasmine Peterson both of Miami, Florida. One devoted sister Helene Giles of Opa-Locka, Florida, and her loving baby brother Eugene Smith (Rosia) of Miami, Florida, one aunt Mrs. Lois A. Williams of Swainsboro, Georgia. Five nieces Marlo, Gina, Tiffany, Nikki and Teri, three nephews Gantry, Derek and Jason. 13 great nieces, 6 great nephews and 3 great-great nieces and a host of cousins and family friends who will dearly miss her.