Susan Lynn Scarborough

Susan Lynn Scarborough

Sedley, VA
11.23.1961 - 08.25.2019

Susan Lynn Scarborough of Sedley passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019. Born November 23, 1961, she was a daughter of the late John and Elspeth Scarborough. Susan owned the Art Room in Wakefield. She loved to share her passion for the Arts and shared her passion with anyone who stopped by. “Ms. S” also taught Art class at Tidewater Academy. She never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory is life partner, Hugh “Bo” Malcolm; her daughters, Abigail Leigh Malcolm, and Jacqlyn Vincent Johnston and her husband, Paul; her grandchildren, Sarahann Marie Johnston, and Ella Elizabeth Johnston; her sister, Holly Ann Scarborough, as well as many friends and adopted family.

It’s difficult to sum up one’s life in just a few short words. Here are some of the thoughts the family wishes to share:

“My sister was a second mother to me when I was growing up.  I always looked up to her and she always made time to spend with me.  Never once did she say no when I wanted to tag along with her.  We would spend the day painting, cooking, or just running errands around town.  We would laugh together and pull silly jokes on one another too.  She was simply the most fun person to spend time with.  Speaking her mind was never a problem, but the kind heartedness and generosity she showed others through her actions, not her words, is what I cherished most about her.  She will be remembered by all who knew her for her creativity and talent which she shared with everyone.  For me, I will simply remember her as the best big sister a kid could ever have had.” Holly

“There aren’t really words to describe my mom and I’ve been struggling to try and find them. She’s touched the lives of so many through her art and her continuous love. She may have been a teacher but, truly, she was just a mother to anyone who needed one. I have so many siblings because she adopted any kids that she could. Whether it be listening and offering advice or just cooking a pot of chili and feeding anyone she could, she made sure you knew you were loved.

She supported me in every way and there was never once a doubt in my mind that she was proud of me. She was my biggest fan, my best critic, my business partner and mentor, and my best friend. She is the best mother I could have asked for and I’m so lucky to have had almost 22 years with her.” Abby

“Grandma Suz was super friendly and artistic and I loved her so much.” Sarahann, age 7

The family will receive friends Friday, August 30, 2019 at Wakefield United Methodist Church from 6 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the church with Pastor Glenn Riggs officiating. Burial will follow in Wakefield Cemetery. The family is being served by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel. Condolences may be posted at


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Wakefield United Methodist Church
205 West Church Street
Wakefield, VA 23888
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Wakefield United Methodist Church
205 West Church Street
Wakefield, VA 23888
United States


Wakefield Cemetery
205 West Church Street
Wakefield, VA 23888
United States


Ms. S was a lively and very colorful person (especially with her vocabulary). I will always remember the sleepovers Kayla and I had at her house and the fun times we had with her. She was a shoulder to cry on and always had time to listen to you when advice was needed, it also didn't hurt that she would make a homecooked meal for you. I could keep talking about Ms.S and the things she did and meant to everyone but there isn't enough time to explain how much she meant to the people who knew her.

I will always remember her as a person that would great you with a smile and outreached arms for anyone who needed a hug. She is truly irreplaceable and will be missed by everyone.

Love you Susan

Brooke O'Gara

I am struggling to be able to express in words how I feel. I just know that my heart hurts. I am blessed to be able to say that Susan was my friend. I have been running her through my head all week, laughing about things and crying too. I can hear her say “Hey Vic” as I walk in the door at the shop. I would always have to make sure I was stopping with some extra time, because I would end up staying for an hour or longer just talking (don’t include the shopping!). She is the friend you could not see for a while, because life gets busy, and then pick right up in an instant with. Susan was the meaning of “freedom of speech”. She said what she thought in very colorful words, normally no filters used. Without a doubt Susan has left her drops, splashes and speckles of paint on all of our hearts. Now when I look at the skies I will see Susan’s swirls, colors and her creativity being included.
Love to the entire family.

Vicky Goodrich

Dear Holly,
Jerry and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember Susan as the best big sister. You were a very quiet, little second grader, but you did talk about your big sister. I don't know if you remember your Mom and Jerry's Dad, Jack, were first cousins. Your tribute to her in the obituary was so heartfelt. May your friends and family comfort you during this time of grief.
Jerry and Ann Andrews

Ann E Andrews

Dear Holly and family,

Colonial Heights Health Care and Rehab want to extend our condolences . We are praying that all of you be surrounded by God's love to help strengthen you during this heartbreaking time in your life. Please know you have people that love you ,care about you and support you. The glimpses of Susan in what was shared portrayed what a wonderful person , sister , mother, and friend she was in life. With such a legacy , we know she will always be remembered and missed . It was truly eloquently conveyed in all of your loving words . Let your faith guide you and sustain you.

Deepest Sympathies
Your Colleagues and Staff at Colonial Heights ,
Jeanette Groome

Jeanette Groome

Susan was my classmate at Tidewater. I also shopped in her gallery. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.

Patsy Huber

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