Susan Hall Godson

October 9, 1931 - April 28, 2013
Susan Hall Godson

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Susan Glentworth Hall Godson lost a brief battle to lung cancer on Sunday, April 28th, 2013. She was a native of Williamsburg, though she left for quite some time and returned in her later years. She was the daughter of Channing Moore and Nona Powell Sentz Hall. Her father, Channing Hall, was an established lawyer and the mayor of Williamsburg for many years. Mrs. Godson was also the niece of Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr. of whom Mrs. Godson wrote extensively.

Susan Godson is survived by her four children; Ellen Godson Wood of Wilmington, Delaware; William Howard Godson of Markham, Virginia; Anne Tyler Godson of Manassas, Virginia and David Moore Godson of Sarasota, Florida. She is also survived by her grandsons; David Henderson Wood of Charlottesville, Virginia; Tyler Jennings Edmondson of Manassas, Virginia and Drew Farland Edmondson also of Manassas, Virginia.

Mrs. Godson attended the College of William and Mary, then married and traveled for several years while raising her young family. Once all of her children attained school age she returned to school and obtained her bachelorís degree with honors with highest distinction from George Mason University and her masters and doctorate from American University. Mrs. Godsonís field of expertise was military history with a focus on women in the military. She published The Viking of Assault about her uncle, Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr., an amphibious commander in World War II. She also co-wrote The College of William and Mary, a History and wrote the History of Woman in the Navy for the Department of the Navy. Mrs. Godson wrote prolifically about women in the military and later became the church historian for Bruton Parish Church.

In further following her passion for history, Mrs. Godson was the longtime president of the Williamsburg Historic Records Association where she helped gather and store valued historic documents. A memorial service will be held at Bruton Parish Church on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. with friends and family invited to return to Mrs. Godsonís home to join in the celebration of her life. There will be a private family burial. Susan Godson demonstrated to those who cared for her how to live life and journey toward death with strength and dignity. She will be deeply missed. Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to Bruton Parish Church and Earl Gregg Swem library at the College of William and Mary.


Saturday, May 4, 2013
12:00 AM

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Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • May 03, 2013
    Gwen Ellyson says:
    Dear Ellen, I am so sorry - I miss you. Love, Gwen

  • May 01, 2013
    Lloyd Wallace says:
    Deepest sympaty at your loss of Mrs Godson,Histonian andAuthor,great Hostess,myfirst impression being in her home November 03,2002. Sincerely,Lloyd&Shirley Wallace

  • May 04, 2013
    K. Jackson says:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for I too know the pain of losing someone as special as a mother. May your family find comfort as I have in knowing that our loving heavenly Father promises us that very soon he will 'swallow up death forever, and certainly wipe the tears from all faces.' (Isaiah 25:8) What a wonderful day that will be!