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Suzanne Simmie-Stier
by 'Sand' Lindsay

December 24, 2015

Obituary

 

Suzanne Simmie-Stier

How do you sum up a life that was so full in a few words?

A visual artist, teacher, cultural, environmental and human rights advocate, Suzanne believed in women and girls working together for the common good and to create a better world.

Suzanne Simmie-Stier held an International Master's Degree in Leadership in Social Artistry and was a creative consultant trained in cross cultural and cross-discipline leadership.

She was an advocate for children, both in the present and for the future and worked locally and internationally to promote unique, creative processes of the human spirit. 

 Suzanne attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and, when it came to water and the earth, she was passionate.

A Prayer, A Meditation For The Water

Water Is life
May we join in ceremony and blessing and dance 
May we shift our thought forms from fear to appreciation and gratitude, that in that gratitude,
That in that gratitude we remember to hold water as sacred 
That we remember the teachings of life 
That as we hold water, we hold life
So let us hold it with our hearts, our mind, our souls
In gratitude may we remember 
May we celebrate the way she assists us
The ways she brings joy and beauty, magic and wonder
In our mediation, our walk, our work 
May we drink from her the grace of her abundance and envision her always free and ever flowing
Gently moving, guiding us through the challenges of the times
That in these times may we ask for all to join us 
That in gratitude we find truth and alignment and spaces and opportunities to celebrate and nurture our differences
A prayer, a meditation for the water 
Water Is Life

--- Suzanne Simmie-Stier

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Suzanne with Historian Norm Christie at the Bruce County Museum and the book 'Lights Out' based on Suzanne's great-aunt, Nursing Sister Kate Wilson-Simmie

Suzanne also belonged to the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists and, as an artist, worked in oil, acrylic and ink.

She also loved music and loved to sing and that was where I first met her ... singing in the Southampton United Church choir, where she sat beside me in the soprano section.

She had a great love of life and nature and often talked about her unstructured garden of wild flowers and the birds that visited there.

... and she was the only one who ever called me "Sand".



Suzanne Simmie-Stier passed away peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services, Southampton on Thursday December 24, 2015 at the age of 63. Beloved wife of Dennis Stier and Loving mother of Toby Stier of Fernie, BC and Ben Stier of Guelph, ON. She is survived by her brothers Bob Simmie and his wife Donna (passed away Dec 26, 2015), Grant Simmie and his wife Cathy, Glen Simmie and his wife Jo-Anne, by her sister Donna Stewart and her husband Pete, and by her many nieces and nephews; Predeceased by her parents Don & Maria Simmie (nee Lemoine). Suzanne will be missed and remembered by many as an artist, teacher and advocate.

A visitation to Celebrate the Life of Suzanne will be held at the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Sunday January 3, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Bruce Trail Conservancy or charity of your choice.
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