Annette “Suzan” Mather (née Perry)
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother
8/22/1961 to 10/27/2023
Suzan Mather was born at Offutt Airforce Base Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska in 1961 to David William Perry (Deceased) and Christina Bell Rowsey (Deceased), and has two sisters, Roseanne and Celia. She spent much of her childhood as a military kid, traveling to many different bases around the country including locations in Alaska.
She had four children; Scott Perry, Ben Perry, Jennifer Chambliss and Amy Richardson, all of whom have given her seven beautiful grandchildren. She loved being a mom, taught her children what unconditional parental love is, and was absolutely thrilled to be a grandmother.
She taught her kids the value of hard work and responsibility at an early age when they lived in Montana on a farm. It helped develop the love of animals they still carry today and which is passed on to her grandchildren. While in Montana, she also supplemented the family income with her own web design business. The family also lived in Colorado for a while, where Suzan attended business college and drove an airport shuttle bus.
Suzan was married three times, but the third time was the love of her life and third husband, Blane Mather. They met at a social mixer in 2001 and soon became inseparable. The more than 22 years they spent together were heavenly.
In Houston Suzan worked for many years as a bookkeeper. She was very good at it and companies relied on her to save them thousands of dollars at tax time. She was a Quickbooks master.
For her last job she worked a year and a half as an Uber driver, which she really enjoyed doing. She always told husband Blane that she could never do the kind of customer service work he did, but in the end she thrived taking care of her customers.
She loved to hear some baritone crooners sing. Her favorite was Josh Groban. She could listen to him for hours and saw him twice in concert. She also liked Andrea Bocelli. And she liked a lot of country music, and taught her kids to line dance to The Boot Scoot Boogie.
Suzan also passed her love of music onto her children and grandchildren. While Jenn took after her in playing the flute, Ben and Amy took up brass instruments. She has multiple grandchildren excelling in orchestra as well.
It didn’t matter how much Thanksgiving took out of her, she always went all out. And man she’d smack your hand if you went after those deviled eggs before it was time. She used to have her kids decorate for Christmas on Thanksgiving so they would leave her alone and get out of her kitchen.
She was a voracious reader and could polish off more than a book a week. Her favorites were fantasy novels. She particularly liked the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher, The Hollows series by Kim Harrison and early books in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurel K. Hamilton.
Suzan adopted her husband’s affection for cheering on the Green Bay Packers NFL football team, and watched many games with him, including once in person at Lambeau Field with daughter Amy along as well.
She took up art late in life, starting with diamond paintings and paint-by-number prints before studying YouTube tutorials and learning to paint her own creations. It delighted her to finish a painting, and many family members benefited from having a hand-crafted acrylic painting from “Suz”.
She loved sharing the modern board game collecting hobby with her husband. Some of her favorite board games to play were Viticulture, Dice Forge, Rajas of the Ganges, Tokaido, Scoville, Jaipur, Pandemic, Lords of Waterdeep, Patchwork, Clank, Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, Targi and Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. Her husband taught her how to play many games, and then she usually beat him at them.
Suzan loved ancient Egytian history and mythology. She was fascinated with the culture, rituals and art of that society. She collected statuettes and art pieces that reminded her of that.
Her favorite color was purple, but she would take a red player piece in a board game if purple wasn’t available. She loved coffee, and could drink it any time without losing a wink of sleep. She was a meat and potatos kind of gal. She was compassionate, courteous and kind, but didn’t put up with a lot of nonsense, in that way that Texans have. She loved cats, and spent many, many happy hours watching cat videos on YouTube.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Suzan Mather
Saturday, November 11, 2023
1:00pm – Gathering
2:00pm – Ceremony
Leal Funeral Home – 11123 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77079