SUSAN DIXON MORDECAI MYRICK
November 13, 1930 to August 19, 2021
Susan was born in San Francisco to Caroline Preston and Brooke Fisher Mordecai on
November 13, 1930. The youngest of four daughters her childhood was spent in Madera County, California on the family ranch, named Refuge, riding horses, exploring the countryside and experiencing the rhythms of ranch life with her older sisters Babbie and Brookie and cousin Jack Anderson. A graduate of Alpha Elementary School she, like her sisters, was sent by train across the country to St. Catherine’s, an Episcopalian boarding school in Richmond, VA. Aside from the excellent education, her mother, having been born and raised in Richmond, wanted all of her daughters to know and bond with their Richmond cousins. Out of these formative years, many deep and wonderful relationships developed with the extended Virginia family, enriching and lasting her entire life. Upon graduating from high school, she chose Scripps College in Claremont, California, majoring in Fine Arts. It was there that she met her husband Richard Myrick. Their marriage took them to Washington DC where she remained for over fifty years. The District of Columbia embodied much that Aunt Susan loved: art, history, diversity, music and great beauty. An avid follower of politics, she relished living so close to the heartbeat of the nation. A lover of literature, her favorite job was running the children’s department of the Savile Book Shop, a Georgetown institution. A friend to all animals, she adored the beloved dogs and cats who complemented her days. She remained a practicing Episcopalian her whole life and spent many happy years as an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC. Curious by nature, she traveled extensively, enjoying many trips and adventures around the world with her sisters, brothers-in-law and extended family and friends. The last decade of her life brought her back to California and to the shelter of the family she loved and the place, Refuge, she knew so well. An independent, singular and determined woman with a wonderful sense of humor, generosity and warmth, she was deeply devoted to her family and friends and will be missed by many.
Susan is predeceased by her parents and her sisters Barbara Colquhoun Mordecai Myers and Elizabeth Brooke Mordecai Wissler and their husbands deRosset Myers and John Wissler. Her oldest sister Caroline died when Susan was very young. She is survived by her six nieces and nephews: deRosset Myers Jr., Brooke Myers, Caroline Myers Bailey, John Brooke Wissler, Susan Wissler and Cecelia Wissler Sheeter and their families.
Remembrances can be made to the Madera County Historical Society PO Box 150 Madera, CA 93639. A private family service will be held at a later date.
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