Suzann Whitson was known around Diamond Bar as a Girl Scout leader, PTA member, and teacher’s and instructional aide, and she shared her appreciation of education and community with her family.
“My mom taught us all to love reading, to be good community volunteers, and to be caring parents without hovering over our children,” said daughter Aimee Cueto of Glendale. “Her sister described her as being a constant presence, always at her side, making her stronger. I feel like that holds true with everyone she loved.”
Whitson, a former longtime resident of Diamond Bar, died September 20 in Glendale. She was 78.
Whitson was born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved to Diamond Bar in the mid-1960s with her husband, Boyd Richard “Dick” Whitson. They raised their five children in town, and Whitson was involved in many organizations across the community.
“She was a Girl Scout leader in the late ’60s, she taught religion classes at St. Denis in the mid-’70s, she was active in the PTA at Diamond Point in the mid-’70s, and continued as president even after we all finished with school there in the early ’80s,” Cueto said.
After the death of her husband in 1982, Whitson became a teacher’s aide at Armstrong Elementary School, then moved to Lorbeer Middle School as an instructional aide. She retired in 1998. During her entire life in Diamond Bar, from 1965 until she moved to Glendale in 2004, she lived in the same house in Diamond Point.
Survivors include daughter Connie Whitson Stone, her husband, Ken, and their children John, Katie, Margaret and Steven of East Aurora, NY; son Richard Whitson, his wife Gloria Flores, and his stepson Michael Flores of Henderson, NV; daughter Kate Whitson Berkowitz, her husband Dann, and their children Sam and Nicholas of Brandon, FL; son Andy Whitson of Diamond Bar; daughter Aimee Whitson Cueto, her husband Emilio, and their children Michael and Matthew of Glendale; brother Jerry Broms and his wife Virginia of Thousand Oaks; sister Mary Runge and her husband Carl of Camarillo; and brother Bill Broms and wife Sandy of Tujunga.
Services for Whitson were held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, and she is buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights.