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Originally published: 2012-07-02 11:42:12
Last modified: 2012-07-02 11:42:12

Susie Ward Guy Trivett

Susie Ward Guy Trivett, 92, of Old Beech Mountain, entered into the glory of the Lord on June 26, 2012. 

Born June 7, 1920, she was the daughter of James Monroe Ward and Arizona Millsaps Ward of Old Beech Mountain. 

She is survived by: two sons; Vernon M. Guy and wife Karen, Rodger L. Guy, all of Old Beech Mountain; two daughters, Deloris Guy Lentz of Blowing Rock, Linda Guy Clawson and husband Carroll of Old Beech Mountain; seven grandsons, Anthony V. Guy and wife Susan of Banner Elk, Lincoln Clawson of Lenoir, Steve Clawson and wife Cathy of Elk Park, Byron Clawson and wife Jessica of Banner Elk, Stewart and Ralph Lentz of Blowing Rock, Travis Guy of Dye Leaf, Tenn.; four granddaughters, Elaine Guy Duff and husband Barry of Coats, Rebekah Guy Clawson and husband Jerry of Old Beech Mountain, Shannon Guy Greene and husband Clayton of Spruce Pine, Chasity Guy of Butler, Tenn.; 19 great grandchildren; Andrew, Sara, Jimmy, Dakota, Arizona, Emily, Sierra, Liberty, Nikita, Taylor, Gracie, Presley, Jessie, Elizabeth, Katie, Leah, Weygand, Sawyer, Eliza; six great-great grandchildren; one sister, Cora W. Harr of Elizabethton, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Dare P. Bennett of Johnson City, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Nancy H. Guy of Butler, Tenn.; one special niece and life long friend, Lois Estep Bunton of Lexington; special niece, Reba Ward Church and fiancé Keith Church of Butler, Tenn., who brought much joy to “Mother” by singing to her faithfully. Many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive her. 

She is preceded in death by: her parents, her first and second husbands, Stewart B. Guy and Haskell B. Trivett; one son, Kurt S. Guy; one son-in-law, Guy E. Lentz; six brothers, Dayton, George, Thomas, Rhonda, Mike and Raleigh Ward; four sisters, Jane W. Green, Anna W. Oaks, Grace W. Harmon, Eliza W. Stines. 

“Mother” worked from the time she was old enough to hold a hoe until she was up into her 80s. As a teenager in the depression, she worked for the Henley Inn in Linville. At age 33 she became a widow. This left her with the responsibility of feeding five children, tending to a farm and being a cook at Beech Mountain Elementary. She worked at Beech Mountain Elementary School for 10 years and fed more than 100 children. After she finished her duties at the elementary school, she would walk home where she had to tend a garden, can food, milk the cow and whatever else it took to maintain a farm. Mother also found the time to make beautiful things. She quilted, hooked rugs and made “Cinderella Dolls,” “Dorothy Dolls” and “Witch Dolls.” Her dolls were sold at the Appalachian Crafts Center in Cove Creek. Mother worked hard. Through all the hard times she still sang hymns, recited the Scriptures, smiled and laughed. She was fearless and fierce when wronged, but never vengeful. Mother was always generous to her neighbors. She would give them potatoes or canned goods whenever they were needed. She often welcomed members of the community that weren’t always welcome anywhere else into her living room and kitchen. Mother was truly a blessing to everyone she came to know and will be missed dearly. 

Funeral services for Trivett were conducted on Saturday, June 30, at Flat Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry McCoury and the Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment followed in Flat Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Tony Guy, Steve Clawson, Lincoln Clawson, Stewart Lentz and Dakota Guy. Honorary Pallbearers were: Paul Harmon, Ray Ward, Ernest Harmon and Byron Clawson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Flat Springs Cemetery Fund, C/O Elmer Jones, 1212 Highway 321, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679. 

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