|Susanna “Susie” Young London was born March 1, 1894 near Long Bridge, Louisiana from the union of James G. Young and Frances Marble Robert Young. She was the eldest of seven girls and four boys. She began her work with the Methodist Church during the 1920’s.
Susie Young married Rev. William Robert London, Sr. a Methodist minister, and became the mother to his three girls and one boy by a previous marriage. She gave birth to a son, Rev. William Robert London, Jr. on July 12, 1921, who also served the Louisiana Conference as a minister and District Superintendent.
As a Methodist minister’s wife, she served the Conference for over 30 years at Port Allen, Plaquemine, Scott Chapel, Hurst, Boonville, Franklin, Bunkie and LaHarpe Churches. When her husband passed in March of 1952, her son, Reverend William London, Jr. and his wife, Snowdry Prothro London continued to care for her and moved her to Baton Rouge where she served God at St. Mark United Methodist Church at that time under the leadership of Reverends James McCory and Talbot Handy. There at St. Mark, Susie was a member of the United Methodist Women and at one time was Chairperson of the Communion Stewards. She was a very active member of the congregation. Ms. London was known for her steadfastness, dedication and commitment to the Methodist Church, never tiring in her service to St. Mark. She opened her home several times to aspiring young ministers as a place of residence while they completed their education in the Baton Rouge area.
On the passing of her son, Rev. William Robert London, Jr. in 1986, Susie was 92 years old and remained in Baton Rouge under the care of Snowdry London and Ruth Meyers, granddaughter of Rev. William London, Sr. She was moved to Los Angeles, California in June of 1990, where she remained a faithful servant of God until her passing on April 1, 1998. At the age of 104, she left behind two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren from the union of William, Jr. and Snowdry and many grandchildren from her husband’s first union. Susie lived a Christian life of worship and service from the time of her acceptance in the Methodist Church until the day she passed.
We pray that Almighty God, The Beneficent, The Merciful
Forgives her of her sins and grants her the Blessing of Paradise.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1998; p. 254 By Letitia London Shakir|