Suzann Fries Griffith of Kennett Square

Suzann Fries Griffith, 84, of Kennett Square, died Monday, March 27, at Kendal At Longwood Retirement Community in Kennett Square, where she has been a resident for 10 years. Previously, she lived in Durham, N.H. for 35 years.

Born in Williamsville, N.Y., she was the daughter of Leslie and Dori (Wheaton) Fries and her stepfather, Harry Page.

Suzann was a registered nurse, having earned her associate degree in nursing at the University of Rochester, and her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of New Hampshire. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse, at a tuberculosis hospital, as a home health nurse and director of the visiting nurse association, and finally as a school nurse in Epping, N.H.

Suzann, known as “Bana” by her grandchildren, was a dedicated mother, neighbor, friend, community activist, and master gardener. She was active in democratic politics and the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s. It is unclear if the last election played any role in her death but it very well may have. Suzann loved to travel, taking trips to Spain, France, Mexico, the former Soviet Union and China. She enjoyed camping with her family when her boys were younger.

She volunteered at Planned Parenthood, the public library, in nursing homes and at an elementary school tutoring program. Suzann loved to read and instilled a love of reading in her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons, Jim Griffith (and his wife Jennifer of McCall, Idaho), John Griffith of King of Prussia, and Fred Griffith of New Castle, N.H.; five grandchildren, Kelly, Hannah, Lilly, Emma and Abigail, and one great-granddaughter Cordelia.

A memorial service celebrating Suzann’s life will be announced at a later date and will be held at Kendal at Longwood Auditorium. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kendal Center for Nursing Education and Leadership, PO Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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