Susan Foyer Smith

susan smith

September 15, 1952 ~ June 17, 2022

Resided in: Orange, CT

Susan (Sue) Foyer Smith, of Orange, passed away on June 17, 2022 after a lifelong illness, Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Born on September 15, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Audrey Mitchell Foyer. Susan attended the University of New Haven and pursued a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a sixth-year degree in Advanced Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Susan taught in the Orange Public School System for 34 years before retiring in 2009. While teaching, Susan was involved with many school events and committees. After retiring, Susan became a caregiver for aging family members. She also joined the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She participated by taking a move active role in emergency preparedness projects in her community.
Susan grew up in Orange alongside her family she loved so much. She enjoyed the outdoors, walking with her dog, going to antique markets, working out at the gym, and gathering with friends. Each morning she would attend to the countless animals on the family farm. She was a huge animal lover and cared for many pets during her lifetime.
Susan loved to travel and enjoyed choosing a new destination to tour each year. Her most heartwarming trip was when she and her husband traveled to China to adopt their loving daughter, Ashley.
In addition to her devoted husband of 43 years, Robert Smith, and daughter Ashley and her husband Brian Coate, she is survived by her brother Donald Foyer, Sr. and his wife Barbara, her nephew Donald Foyer, Jr., and grandnieces Leia and Violet Foyer. Her parents, her brother Thomas Foyer, and infant niece Cheryl Ann Foyer all predeceased her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 20th in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange. Friends may visit with Susan’s family in church prior to Mass, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Burial will be private. Donations in remembrance of Susan can be made to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, Inc. (AARDA), 19176 Hall Road Suite 130, Clinton Township, MI 48038, or to a farm animal rescue sanctuary of choice. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.


Visitation: June 20, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Holy Infant Church
450 Racebrook Road
Orange, CT 06477


Mass of Christian Burial: June 20, 2022 12:00 pm

Holy Infant Church
450 Racebrook Road
Orange, CT 06477


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  1. I am so saddened to learn of this. Susan was a wonderful person and her love for animals was incredible. I had the pleasure of knowing her since 1975 when she first came to me to get her hair cut. She was a loyal client ever since. Her mother Audrey would be so sad to know she has passed so I want to believe they are together now. Ashley, when I saw your mother last month she told me her wish was to see you get married and was so thrilled for you and so happy you found that special someone. I wish I could say something to ease the pain for Bob an d Ashley and all her family that she loved so much. I and we will miss her.

  2. Dear Bob and family,
    Koko and I wish to express our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We were fortunate to have known Sue and the selfless role she played to her family, neighbors and community. I will always remember our “girls night out” years ago sitting in Koko’s boat on the dock with a bottle of wine and laughter. She had a fun time that night and would bring it up from time to time when we saw each other.
    We hope your many precious memories with Sue be a comfort to you now and stay with you forever.
    Elsie and Koko

  3. Dear Bob, Ashley & Don;
    I am so saddened by the unexpected loss of Sue. Incredibly, she had called just a couple days ago to plan a get together.
    She was my treasured friend & closest friend of my Jane. She is at rest with Jane & they are both at a special place at the table of Our Lord.
    No one can know why a wonderful person has to be taken before their time, but God had need of a special teacher to help Him. Perhaps those children in Texas needed someone as great as Sue to guide them.
    As your friend too Bob, please know that I am here for you at any time & please call on me, as someone who understands your loss.
    I will see you soon & we will talk. We will also continue to plan for a get together after the 4th.
    God bless Sue & we must be thankful for the gift of having her with us. We are so lucky & will never forget how she enhanced all our lives.
    With caring, empathetic concern & love,

  4. Bob, Ashley and Don
    We are so sad to hear about Sue. She was a person who once you met her she touched you. John always says how nice she always is when he sees her. Praying for you all.

    John and Joann Paolini

  5. So sad to hear of the passing of Susan. She was a excellent teacher and my daughter Katelyn was lucky to have her at Turkey Hill School.

  6. We are so sad to hear the news of Susan passing. She was a great person and friend that I had the opportunity to work with. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    Michels Family

  7. Don and family, So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏

  8. My deepest condolences to Sue’s family. I worked with Sue as a teacher colleague at Turkey Hill School. She was wonderful, easy going, and had an endearing positive mindset and sense of humor. I am very saddened by her loss.

  9. Dear Susan,
    I love you. With everything we have been through together, you were my heroine. Always there and no questions asked. We were there for each other.
    My heart is broken. You are at peace. In the time of eternity, I will see you soon, my friend, my sister.

    Bob, Ashley, Brian, I am here is you need anything. My love to you.

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