Susan Irene Pellowe
Trust Susan Irene Pellowe, passed away on July 16, 2012 after a valiant fight against ALS (a form of Motor Neurone Disease). She was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 10th 1939 to Lila Irene Cook Pellowe and William Charles Smithson Pellowe. William was a Cornishman by birth and a Methodist Minister and it was from him that Susan inherited her keen interest in Cornwall and the life and work of John and Susanna Wesley. Susan was named after Susanna Wesley.
A performer, writer, theatre director and educator, Susan toured the USA, Canada, and Britain with her solo enactment of the Mother of Methodism, “O Susanna!”. In 1997 she was honoured with an award from the Westminster Experiment and Research in Evangelism Trust in London for her “outstanding contribution to promoting our traditions and letting people know the message that is at the very heart of Methodism.”
Named a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh in 1996 for her services in preserving and furthering Cornish culture Susan visited Cornwall often. She was also co-founder of the Illinois Cornish Society and a member of the board of Celtic Women International.
The Trustees of Cornwall Heritage Trust were delighted to receive a bequest of over £12,000 from Susan and will endeavour to use the money in a manner of which she would approve. Donations, bequests and membership subscriptions are vital to the Trust to enable it to carry on its work with the various sites around Cornwall as well as providing grants to organisations, educational projects and so much more.
Thank you Susan for remembering Cornwall Heritage Trust.