Susan Overstreet Stevens
A retired librarian of Socastee High School who loved books and travel.
Susan Overstreet Stevens died on November 13, 2019. She was 84 years old.
She was born December 7, 1934 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a daughter of the late John Samuel and Melba Ann Nelson Overstreet. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marcia Ann Overstreet, and her beloved husband, Henry Brice Stevens.
A lifelong avid reader, Susan loved reading books, newspapers (especially The New York Times) and magazines, as well as listening and talking to authors. She also loved animals, flowers and the occasional glass of wine.
She was retired as librarian at Socastee High School, where she worked for 25 years helping students with their research and growing their love of reading. She later served on the Chapin Memorial Library Advisory Board and the First Book Local Advisory Board. She volunteered at Friendship House Pre-School and Clinic, Chapin Library and was a member of Ale of a Good Book Club for many years.
Susan was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a major in psychology and a minor in English literature. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and a member of Mortar Board. She worked for Western Electric Company in Chicago where she eventually became the Chicago Office’s “first lady engineer”. She later transferred to the Newark office of Western Electric and became their “first lady engineer”.
Susan and her husband were worldwide travelers during their 30-year marriage. Henry, a Hunter College graduate, enjoyed a long retail career before returning to Rosary College for a M.L.S. degree in Library Science. He later accepted a position with the Brooklyn Public Library, which inspired Susan to try “one” library course at Pratt Institute, where she went on to earn a master’s degree in library science. She also completed a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Michigan State University.
In 1971, they moved to Okinawa, Japan, and spent five years there working and traveling.
Mrs. Stevens was a generous philanthropist in providing scholarships for deserving young people and contributing to the Myrtle Beach Art Museum and Long Bay Symphony. She was of the Presbyterian faith.
She had no immediate survivors but leaves behind a legacy of bereft friends with whom she enjoyed lunching, attending concerts, talking about books, attending the Movable Feast literary luncheons and arts and cultural events.
In lieu of flowers, please take a few moments to remember some really good memories of time spent with Susan and enjoy a glass of wine while you’re at it. You might also choose to donate to First Book-Horry County, the Art Museum, Chapin Library or Long Bay Symphony.
McMillian-Small Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A celebration of life will be held December 8 from 2pm until 4 pm at the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.
Created On: 11/21/2019 20:08:13
I always enjoyed talking to Susan when I worked at Socastee High School. So well read and so many interests. Her passing is a loss for the Myrtle Beach arts community.
Created On: 11/19/2019 02:37:14
Such a special lady. One of the best media specialist. Loved and respected by many.
Created On: 11/18/2019 18:52:19
Ms. Stevens always had a bright smile. She loved the kids and books. She was a special person who will be missed.
|Bob and Pat Callahan
Created On: 11/18/2019 01:23:34
We were blessed to have known such a wonderful lady. She was loved by everyone
that had the good fortune to share her friendship. May she rest in peace.
|Jennifer L Clyde
Created On: 11/15/2019 15:48:29
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Stevens passing. She was our librarian at Socastee High School when I attended many years ago. I always remember her having a smile on her face. She was a very lovely person.