Susan Elizabeth Cornwall

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ABOVE: Northwestern High School 1969 Graduation photo. BELOW: Susie earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland in Library Science 

TOWNSEND BROWNING: Susan Elizabeth Cornwall

SUSAN ELIZABETH CORNWALL, or my Aunt Susie, was an artist and poet long before I was.  Susie instilled the love of reading in me and my sister, buying us lots of children’s books we adored.  My favorites: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Corduroy by Don Freeman,  A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, the Arnold Lobel books Small Pig and Frog and Toad Are Friends, and the long out-of-print The Muffin Muncher by Stephen Cosgrove.  Later, E.B. White’s Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.  Susie introduced us to Antoine de Saint-Expuréy’s The Little Prince and Roald Dahl.  We both loved C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, one of her childhood favorites.  She published poetry under the pseudonym Townsend Browning.  In the years before her death she was working on a children’s book series, one of the titles More Peas, Please (I think that title is now used on a non-fiction book).  Thank You Father is probably her most well-known poem.

THANK YOU FATHER

In your passing
You reached out
To God and Christ
And took me with you.

Your spirit rose outstretched
Upon your lifted arms,
My spirit found faith
In the holding of them.

As His Grace found us both:

The Self-centered sinner —
The Tired Old Alcoholic,

And

The Spiritual Loner —
The Woman Seeking
The Word and the Water

In your final moment
You gave the gift of
A Lifetime.

Thank you FATHER.

Susan E. Cornwall
28 June 1951 – 30 May 2007

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