PHOENICIA – Suzanne Charlotte Festag Colp, a longtime Phoenicia resident, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, from injuries sustained in a fall at her home last July. A native Californian, Suzanne was born on Apr. 8, 1953 and raised in Claremont, CA. She graduated from Claremont High School in 1970 and attended Chaffey Community College. After a few years in the Colorado Rockies, Suzanne found herself in New Jersey where she met her future husband, Dwayne, a master woodworker and drummer, and her life’s love. Together, they moved north, stopping for a short time in Stone Ridge, before discovering the place they would call home for over 30 years, Phoenicia. Suzanne and Dwayne owned and operated Acorn Antiques and the Craftsman’s Gallery in Phoenicia, crafting beautiful furniture, giving new life to exquisite antiques, all the while cooking up amazing meals to warm their souls in the wintertime and fill them with light as the weather warmed.
Suzanne was passionate about food and over the years engaged in many opportunities to enhance and use her culinary skills. She studied cuisine in India and Ireland, started a small business providing meals to private jets, and honored her strong belief in social justice and the role food plays in a quality life by volunteering for many years at the local food pantry purchasing food and stretching dollars whenever she could, especially during the holiday season. She catered local events, volunteered as a secret Santa making holiday baskets, and was known around town for her artistic planters and storefront window displays along Main Street and her work planting flowers at the creek park across from their home.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dwayne; her parents, William and Garland Holly Festag; and her sister, Candice Baldridge. She leaves behind two sisters, Kristin Carson (Andy) and Sharrie Lord (Anthony); four nephews, Daniel Frederick Feezell, Eric William Feezell, Jeremy Stevens Lord, and John Ashley Lord; six nieces, Brittany Nicole Lord, Julia Garland Gorajewski, Ksenia Carol Baldridge, Anastasia Rose Baldridge, Lisa Lorraine Carson, and Kate Suzanne Carson; and seven great nieces and nephews, Miles and Evan Feezell, Holly Feezell, Marilyn Gorajewski, Artemis Lord, and Hazel and Baby Boy Lord (who is set to arrive any day and we hope met his Great Aunt Suzanne on his way into this world as she was bidding adieu to it). She will be greatly missed by all of us.
A gathering of remembrance in the Spring will be announced by the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home in Phoenicia. Suzanne was a community activist with a warm and generous heart. Providing food to those in need was a particular mission of hers over the years. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a memorial contribution in Suzanne’s honor, please consider the Phoenicia Food Pantry on Church Street or the Reservoir Food Pantry in Boiceville.
Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable
“An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.
‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you
and inside every other person, too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
‘Which wolf will win?’
The old chief simply replied,
‘The one you feed.”
~ Author Unknown
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