July 17, 1943 – February 6, 2021
Barbara J. (Blossom) Suslick, age 77, passed away February 6, 2021, after a strong and courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully at her home on the Sol Duc River, in Forks, with family surrounding her. Barbara was born on July 17, 1943, in Aberdeen and was the youngest of six children. She spent her early childhood years in Aberdeen and later moved to Port Angeles, where she graduated from high school.
It was there that she met the love of her life, Larry Suslick, whom she married on April 8, 1961, and planned to celebrate her 60-year anniversary with this April. She loved Jesus and sang his praises until her last day on earth. She was an active member of both Forks Bible Church and Forks Assembly of God for many years and was involved in leading and organizing many church events. It was during this time that she held a position and excelled as the Church Secretary at the Assembly of God.
She had a heart for children and for several years until her retirement she held a teaching assistant position at Forks Elementary School in the kindergarten classroom. She held fond memories of her yearly tea parties in her classrooms and what joy the children brought to her days spent there. Her hobbies included gardening, family genealogy, cooking and baking. She was often quoted saying “getting my hands in the dirt is good for my soul.”
On any given summer day, she could be found with her great-grandchildren out in her gardens or making cookies on cold winter days. She is preceded in death by her sister, Patricia, and her four brothers: Donald, William, Robert, and Eugene. Barbara is survived by her children, Carolynn Suslick of Port Angeles; Bryan (Pam) Suslick of Forks; Anne (Mike) Potter of Forks; grandchildren, Elizabeth Suslick, Megan Suslick and Steven (Amanda) Suslick; great-grandchildren, Zoe Suslick and Mackenzi Suslick; and many nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife, mother and Grandmother.
She loved her family and always said her number one job was to care for her “most precious gifts.” She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
Please direct donations in her memory to the local Soroptimist chapter at PO Box 502, Forks, WA 98331.