Susan Klutts Spann, 72, built a successful career in the travel industry

Susan Klutts Spann

SOUTHPORT — Susan Klutts Spann, 72, passed away suddenly Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at home.

Susan was born Feb. 16, 1948, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was raised in Natchez, Mississippi, and made many moves with her young family, from Germany with the U.S. Army, to the Boston area, and finally planting herself at her beloved Saint James Plantation in Southport. She built her career around the travel industry, running a successful business for 20 years, and she could plan a luxury trip like no one else could. A driving work ethic is something she passed onto her children and grandchildren.

She inhaled books and was fascinated by history and biographies of significant historical figures. We take comfort in the fact that when she passed, she was on her way to good friends and book club. She had exquisite style, making a beautiful home, cooking delicious dinners and always staying fashionable. If you complimented something she was wearing, she wanted to take it off straight away and give it to you. She was generous and will be greatly missed by many.

Susan was steel magnolia through and through. She was a fighter. She beat cancer and would gladly defend her Southern heritage and American exceptionalism any day of the week. Among her many loves were her spaniels; Coca-Cola; and her father, Paul Klutts, who was greatly respected and adored by her; her siblings, Carole, Kay and Paul; and so many others.

She loved going to church and looked forward to resuming services after the pandemic.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Frank; two daughters, Jennifer Spann Hogan of Reston, Virginia, and Elizabeth Spann Cavanaugh of Trenton, Ohio; as well as many grandchildren who loved her and called her “Mimi.”

Susan will be cremated and laid to rest in the Memorial Garden at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, along with her husband, Frank, at the time of his passing. A private service will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, in the sanctuary of St. Philips, Southport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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