Henrietta “Susie” Maus

Henrietta “Susie” Maus

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Henrietta Ford Maus, known by her nickname Susie to family and friends, passed away on January 2, 2024, after a short illness.

Susie was born on July 26, 1937 in Albemarle, North Carolina to Lester Shipley Ford and Mildred Forbis Ford. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1959 from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.  She married Jim Maus after graduation. They settled in Raleigh and bore two sons together, Reginald Scott and Brian Thomas.

In the mid-1960s, Jim’s career took them to middle Tennessee where they lived for thirty years prior to retiring in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In Tennessee, Susie taught third grade for over twenty years and supervised a summer educational program for the children of migrant workers.  Her students and colleagues considered her an excellent teacher and good friend. She was twice named Teacher of the Year during her tenure at Farrar School.  Many of her students continued contact with her after they left her classroom.

After she retired from teaching, Susie wrote mystery novels set in places she had lived and loved, like Winchester, Tennessee and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Her book-signings in Colonial Williamsburg gave her hours of joy.

Susie was active in the Williamsburg chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was able to trace family lines back to Colonial times.

Susie was a loving wife, mother, aunt, educator and author who lived a full life. She will be mourned by many. She is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Jim, and by her eldest son Scott.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Bucktrout of Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army (216 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188).


Memorial Service

Saturday, January 6, 2024
2:00 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-229-3822

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  • January 05, 2024
    Paula Boschen says:
    Susie has been my neighbor for many years and she and Jim have been such kind and dear souls on our street. I loved to see her out in years past tending to her gardens and especially her irises. My heart goes out to Jim, Scott and her family and friends. Such a special lady.

  • January 04, 2024
    Jennifer Eccleston says:
    It was always a pleasure to see Susie's bright and warm smile during our visits to Williamsburg and I am so grateful for her and Jim's friendship with my parents over the years. Dear Jim and family, may your hearts feel the peace and comfort that we are wishing for you. Jennifer, Auz, Mikhaela and Hannah Rome

  • January 03, 2024
    With love and admiration, Karen lit a candle:
    Lit since January 3, 2024 at 1:31:39 PM

  • January 03, 2024
    Linda and Bob Eccleston says:
    Susie was a dear friend and neighbor since she and Jim moved to Williamsburg. She will be greatly missed by Bob and me and especially by our border collie, Scout, who loved her dearly. RIP Susie.

  • January 03, 2024
    Bob andLinda Eccleston says:
    Susie was our neighbor and friend since she and Jim moved to Williamsburg. She wi[[ be greatly missed by our family, especially by Scout, our border collie, who loved her dearly. She will be in our thoughts and prayers always. RIP Susie.