It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce the untimely passing of Susan Reid-Burnett, 62, of Rehoboth MA, on February 20, 2023, following a brief battle with leukemia.Susan was born on September 14, 1960, to William (“Billy”) and Nancy Reid of Scituate, MA. After graduating from Scituate High School in 1978, she went on to study at Bridgewater State, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Suffolk University. Susan met Jay Burnett at a volleyball tournament in Boston, and the two were married in 1992. After a few years, the couple settled in Rehoboth, where they raised two sons, Braden and Ashton.
Susan always had an eye for home décor. Through the launch of her own firm, Susan Reid Interiors, she segued that gift into a long, successful career decorating homes, condos, offices, and boats from Nantucket to Naples, FL. Her talent and collaborative nature appealed to many; friends became clients, and clients became lifelong friends. Susan’s creativity spilled over into her gardens, floral arrangements, and tablescapes. While tailgating at kids’ athletic events, it wasn’t unusual to find the busy mompreneur manning a table adorned with white linens, fine china, candelabras, fresh flowers, as well as beautiful plates of homemade goodies.
Susan will be sorely missed by family members and friends, who universally describe her as loyal, sweet, compassionate, generous, and humble. She had a smile that could light up a room and a warm, quiet presence that made you feel you were the most important person in it. In her downtime, Susan enjoyed family beach vacations, Broadway shows, and being physically active, from playing volleyball and running to stand-up paddleboarding. She referred to her latest passion—rowing—as her “happy place.”
Susan leaves behind her beloved husband of 30 years, Jay, and cherished sons, Braden and Ashton; her loving parents, William and Nancy Reid; siblings Dana (Dennis) Bache of Miramar Beach, FL; William (Julie) Reid III of Scituate; and Maureen (Brock) Wagner of Naples, FL; and mother-in-law, Janet Burnett, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to gather for a special mass for Susan at Saint Mary of the Nativity Church, at 1 Kent Street in Scituate, on March 10 at 10 a.m. A celebration of life will follow that evening from 5 - 9pm in the Providence, RI area, at the Squantum Association Bakehouse, at 947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI (Presentation will start at approximately 5:30pm). To honor Susan’s vibrant spirit, wearing at least one piece of brightly colored clothing to the ceremony and/or celebration of life is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, please consider registering for the National Marrow Donor Program ( www.bethematch.org ), donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org), or simply committing an act of kindness—just as Susan did each and every day.