NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 8, 2014

Susan Hunt Bond, 57


Amesbury, MA — Susan Hunt Bond passed away at home in Amesbury flanked by her family and beloved books, after gracefully fighting glioblastoma for more than a year. Susan loved life, but most of all she loved her boys, Daniel Ryan Bond of Hooksett, N.H., and Stephen Marshall Bond of Lowell, Mass. As a friend noted, “She raised those boys single-handedly like a lioness."

Susan grew up around the world as her father served in the U.S. Air Force in Texas, California, Illinois, Maine, Germany, Texas (again), and Japan. In Tokyo, she graduated from Chofu High School in 1975, and Sophia University in 1978. Sue paid her way through college by modeling for fashion shows, magazines and TV ads. She taught English to Japanese businessmen, who delighted in calling on “Miss Susan!” She also played the flute and sang and was a member of the Japanese Flute Society

Susan is survived by Daniel Bond, Stephen Bond and his wife, Betsy Thrasher; her mother, Joyce Packard Hunt of Rome, N.Y.; her brothers, Thomas Gerald Hunt of Little Falls, N.Y., and Daniel Packard Hunt of Portland, Maine. She was predeceased by her loving father, Herbert Thomas Hunt USAF (Ret.).

She also leaves her husband, John Monroe. After meeting at a ballroom dance, Susan and John married six years ago in a Quaker wedding in Amesbury. She brought beaming smiles, joy, love, and dancing into his life.

Susan leaves four aunt,: Penny Packard, RN, of Ring’s Island, Mass., who provided immeasurable support, care and comfort, Margaret Carter of Cape Neddick, Maine, Betty Hunt of Fairfield, Maine, and Maryellen Hunt of Hammonton, N.J. Sue also leaves 20 cousins, including the band of nine Musketeers, who played together as kids in Fairfield.

Susan worked in Merrimac, Mass., for Technologies ‘N Typography, where she produced beautiful books. To call her a book lover hardly begins to convey Sue’s affection for literature and well-written, well-designed books. She read voraciously, from Jane Austen to mysteries and thrillers. She loved book club evenings at Bertram & Oliver, and she could recite epic poetry … and naughty limericks, too!

During her illness, friends and family celebrated Susan’s big heart, quick wit, bright blue eyes, ready smile, quirky sense of humor, and grace on the ballroom dance floor. To join in this ongoing appreciation of Susan’s zest for living, please visit www.CaringBridge.org.

Sue requested that you make a donation in her memory to Our Neighbor’s Table, P.O. Box 592, Amesbury, MA 01913, or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Then, do something nice for yourself: buy artwork from the Jon Mooers Art Gallery and books from Bertrand & Oliver, both in Amesbury.

Savor your art and books with a glass of wine and remember Susan with a smile.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends will gather on Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m., at the Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse, at the corner of Friend and Greenleaf streets. Parking will be available across the street, courtesy of E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home.