Susan Wheeler Hart

July 7, 1934 - December 26, 2011
Susan Wheeler Hart

Susan Wheeler Hart 77, of Wilmington the longtime garden columnist for the StarNews, died Monday December 26, 2011 at her Wilmington home, after a battle with cancer.

Born July 7, 1934, in Sale, Cheshire, England, Susan Elizabeth Wheeler Hart was the daughter of Kenneth Wheeler Hart and the former Norah Lightfoot.

After a career in marketing and public relations in Great Britain, she immigrated to the United States in 1977, launching her own agency in New York City in 1982. Among her clients were Clairol and Charles of the Ritz.

Hart discovered gardening while living in Bucks County, Pa., according to her friend Karen Root, She specialized in English roses and experimented with vegetables.

In 1994, Hart retired to the Wilmington area, but hardly slowed down. After dabbling in public relations, in 2002 she joined the staff of the Friends School of Wilmington where she worked as a combination secretary, receptionist and marketing director. In her spare time, she edited the school newsletter – and took charge of the school garden.

Hart was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1998 in a Charlotte ceremony.

She began contributing garden pieces to Encore magazine in 1998 and switched to the StarNews a few years later. Her freelance pieces also appeared in Parents magazine, Family Circle, Fine Gardening and the former Snows Cut Monthly.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in the auditorium of the New Han­over County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive.

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  • December 26, 2011
    Mae Borneman says:
    Susan had a beautiful gift and so many have enjoyed her articles in the StarNews. She was as lovely in person as she was in print. Many will mourn her passing, but most of all, we will celebrate her life.

  • December 28, 2011
    Robert Roush says:
    I was fortunate to have enjoyed Susan's company from time to time as a volunteer reader for Eastern Area Radio Reading Service (EARRS), a radio-reading service for the blind. So many of us will miss her charming accent and delightful personality. She gave so much of herself, and she set an example for how life should be lived.

  • December 28, 2011
    R Brown says:
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please be comforted by Revelation 21:4...."And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither will mourning, outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away."

  • December 30, 2011
    Margaret Shelton says:
    Thanks to Susan for sharing her love and enthusiasm for gardening and life in general. She will be missed but remembered fondly.

  • January 07, 2012
    Constantina Sears says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Susan while she volunteered with Eastern Area Radio Reading Service (EARRS)where she shared her beautiful voice with the blind every Wednesday. What an honor to have known her. She is dearly missed.