Obituary: Susan Pryor Smith

June 12, 1951 – Nov. 21, 2023

Susan P. “Susie” Smith (nee Pryor), age 72, of Sister Bay, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village.

Susie was born on June 12, 1951, to the late William and Marilyn (Wyatt) Pryor in Manitowoc. She is a 1969 graduate of Neenah High School – Neenah. After high school she attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Susie was known to be adventurous and lived in Alaska, Florida, and Vermont. She came back to Florida to spend time with her retired parents and teach culinary arts at the Bradford Union Vocational – Technical school in Starke, Florida. After teaching, and with the help of her best friend, Deb DeRouin, she packed up her belongings and returned to her roots in Wisconsin. Deb continued to be a loyal and true friend during Susie’s illness later in life. Upon her return, she fell in love with Sister Bay, where she enjoyed the water and her walks through the woods. Susie adored the Corner of the Past Museum and eventually started working there and became a beloved Docent.

Susie had a deep love for the creative arts, dabbling in oils, watercolors, and mosaics. She enjoyed scrabble, especially when she won against her sister, also entertaining and cooking for her family and Sister Bay friends.

Susie is survived by, her sister Kerry Pryor (Fred) Boness; one niece, Emily (Leo Martinez) Boness and their children, Michael, Samuel, and Leah; one nephew, Jeff (Stephanie) Boness and their son Alex. She is further survived by the extended Boness family, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved dog Sam, and cat Madame.

A memorial service for Susie will be held at 11 am on June 23, 2024, at the Corner of the Past Museum in Sister Bay, 10310 Fieldcrest Rd. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of service.

Susie’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Scandia Village for their care and compassion over the last three years due to her stroke.

Susie’s family is being assisted by Casperson Funeral Home of Sister Bay. Those wishing to express sympathy, share memories, or offer photos of her may do so on her tribute page at