After a brave battle with brain cancer, Suzanne Bollman Lee died in her Myrtle Beach home, June 6, 2019 at the age of 61. She is survived by her husband, Richard Lee; her daughters, Jen Chastain and Heather Lee; her son, Billy Lee; and her two grandchildren Blake and Lilly Chastain.
Suzanne was born on June 13, 1957 in Plainfield, NJ and was the second child to father, William Bollman and mother, Thelma Bollman, who both predeceased her. She grew up in a loving family with two sisters and a brother in Piscataway, NJ. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from William Patterson University and her Masters of Education from Trenton State College.
Suzanne’s career as an educator spanned 40 years and touched hundreds of students lives. She began her teaching career at Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, NJ where she was a resources center and basic skills teacher for 11 years from 1979 to 1990. She continued her career at Brass Castle School in Washington, NJ where she was a special education teacher for grades 4th – 6th. In 1993, she started the Castle Express Publishing Company that gave children the ability to create their own stories and publish them in books. In 1995, she introduced the Senior Program which paired local senior citizens with students from the 6th grade and created a community involvement that made connections that will last a lifetime. In the 22 years she supervised the program there were over 33,000 books produced. Her 25 years at Brass Castle School not only enriched children’s lives, but also brought together students, parents and seniors of the community. She spent the final four years of her life as a teacher within the Horry County Adult Education Program. In 2017, she was awarded South Carolina Teacher of the Year for Adult Education. Suzanne was diagnosed with a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumor in February of 2017, but was determined to continue educating, even expressing her wish to return to the program through her final months.
In addition to making a difference in students’ lives, her greatest achievement was her family. Rich, her husband was her one true love and they were married for over 35 years. Her three children, Jenny, Heather and Billy will remember her for her strength, determination, and unconditional love. She was also the grandmother to two loving children, Blake and Lilly, from her daughter Jenny and son-in-law, Josh, that absolutely adored her and affectionately called her “Mimi.” She is also survived by her siblings, Linda Bush, William Bollman, Kathy Kuchar and their families.
Suzanne requested to be cremated. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 10th at 5pm at McMillian-Small Funeral Home (910 67th Ave N, Myrtle Beach) with reception to follow at the Waterbridge Clubhouse in Carolina Forest (1701 Singing Rose Dr, Myrtle Beach). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send a donation to The Suzanne Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund on Gofundme to help support graduates from the Horry County Adult Education Program that are looking to continue their education and brighten their future.