Suzanne Lee

Suzanne Lee

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.

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Joanna Holtmeier
Hermosa Beach, CA
Created On: 06/13/2019 23:58:51

Dear Rich, Jenny, Heather, and Billy,
This is sad and unexpected news. You were wonderful neighbors. We loved watching Jenny and Heather play outside. Sue loved her family so much and you gave her great happiness and joy. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind.
Joanna and Keith Holtmeier

Rachel Morton
Graham, NC
Created On: 06/13/2019 03:18:10

God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." Nahum 1:7; God is "a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of ["takes care of" those seeking refuge in him." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; Isaiah 41:10,13)

Sara Armbrecht
Created On: 06/12/2019 20:34:18

Rich,. Gene and I are truly sad over the loss of Sue. We will miss her. We truly felt blessed with her in our lives. Prayers for you and your family.

Katherinel Hausler
Created On: 06/10/2019 13:36:33

Though I never had the blessing of meeting Sue I feel I know her. I have prayed for her and the family for a couple of years and got reports of her highs and lows with her battle with brain cancer. Rick my husband and I will continue to lift you up in prayer. Sue is worshiping in a perfect worship now but that does not take away how much you will miss her. She must have been an amazing person from all the wonderful things said about her over the years. Again so sorry for your loss and know there are many believers lifting you in prayer.

Carol Devitt Crump
W. Caldwell, NJ
Created On: 06/10/2019 01:59:00

“Sue was a lovely sweet person. I have wonderful college memories of her. We will keep her and her family in our prayers. ”

Renissa Gannie
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 06/09/2019 03:12:39

I met Mrs. Lee at the Adult Education program, where she taught mathematics. Math is a subject I had difficulty with. However, Mrs. Lee was able to patiently guide me. She became my mentor and helped me with many problems I faced. She was always there with kind words and encouragement. Words cannot describe the type of person Susan Lee was. She was truly one of a kind. I know my life was richer because she was part of it. I will forever be grateful to have met her. To her Husband Rich, and children Jenny, Heather, Billy, and her beautiful grandchildren, I am so sorry for your loss. Susan Lee was a hero to many, she changed and influenced many lives, she will forever be remembered.

Christopher Sakos
Hampton, NJ
Created On: 06/08/2019 00:20:35

The alumni from the NHRHS Class of 1975 sends their condolences. We are sad to see a classmate pass on so soon. May she Rest In Peace.

Karen Watts
Created On: 06/07/2019 17:58:09

To the Lee Family,
The first day I walked into MBFLC Sue Lee was the first person to warmly welcome me with open arms. She was my mentor but above all my dear friend. Words cannot describe the extent to which I loved her and respect her. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Karen Watts

Michael Graham
Horry Adult Education
Created On: 06/07/2019 14:02:52

To the Lee family,
My name is Michael Graham and I have Known Sue for four years by working with her in Adult Education. Her wisdom from years of teaching was evident every day she worked. Handling tough situations with her gentle nature and firm expectations she was a strong motivation to her students to finish their graduation requirements . The professional respect she demonstrated for her students and colleagues will be an example everyone can carry on as a memorial to her about how people should be treated.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I truly feel blessed and honored that Sue Lee was a part of our team.
Michael Graham