Susan Karolene Schubert, oldest of three children of Virginia Eisenlohr and Bill Schubert, was born March 28, 1949, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. On November 4, 1979, in Valdese, North Carolina, she was married to Robert Kimball Dennis (born April 9, 1939, in Utica, New York). They were divorced February 2, 1984, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook.
Susan says her family “moved around a bunch” when she was little. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, in 1950. In 1952, they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and the next year to Kansas City, Missouri, where she started first grade. In 1955 they moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she “finished growing up.” She remembers combing the North Carolina mountains with her mother looking for graves of Clingman-Jones relatives.
Susan graduated from Salem Academy (high school) in 1964 and went on to Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, where she graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Communications. She spent several years working as a newspaper reporter and then “did a series of career things”—in public relations, as a legal secretary, and in her own business doing clothes alterations and needlework.
Susan was married in 1979 and divorced in 1984.
While working for IBM for 15 years, mainly writing speeches for executives, she lived and worked in White Plains, New York; Stamford, Connecticut; Rochester, Minnesota; San Jose, California, and then moved to Seattle in 1992. When IBM asked her to move to Phoenix, Arizona, she decided she would rather stay in Seattle, a “wonderful, wonderful place to live.”
Since she got her first computer at home in 1983, she has loved playing around with computers and decided to use her passion as her livelihood. She started consulting, teaching, and generally playing around on the internet. After about six months, a company she had done work for offered her a full time job and she grabbed it. Today she works for that company as webmaster, designing web pages out of her own living room—“a dream job.”
Her hobbies are baseball—Seattle Mariners—reading (especially female mystery writers), traveling, and knitting. Her “fun” things are computer-related, too. When her mother, Virginia, got home from the Clingman-Jones Family Reunionin July 1996, she left a message on Susan’s answering machine that she is related to a female mystery writer—the wife of her mother’s cousin, Alan Jones. After racing to the store to buy her books, she searched to see if Susan Holtzer had a web page (she does). So Susan has been in touch with Alan and Susan Holtzer Jones. “E-mail is wonderful,” she says.