Teresa (Terri) Lou Sussman Obituary

Teresa (Terri) Lou Sussman passed away on September 13, 2022 following an illness in Thousand Oaks, California. Prior to living in California, she resided in Kingwood, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 67 years old. Known for her gentle and caring soul, Terri was born on June 4, 1955, to Alvin and Mary Ann Larson in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Coronado High School. Terri was proud of her Arizona roots and contributed greatly to the music scene in her home state. As a young girl, Terri was mentored by her neighbor Waylon Jennings who guided and inspired her talents as a singer/songwriter, musician, songwriter and producer. She has humbly won many awards and accolades for her musical achievements. In the 80s and 90s, Terri ran a successful business organizing trips for touring bands. In 2018, she was inducted into the Arizona Country Music Hall of Fame. Terri served as President of the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (AMEHOF) from 2005 to 2009. She produced the highly successful 2007 AMEHOF Induction Ceremony at the Phoenix Dodge Theater. She is president emeritus of the AMEHOF from 2005 until today. Terri’s greatest pride and joys were her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Lori (Evan) Frankfort; son, David (Cherish) Sussman; grandchildren Claudia, Jayden, Elliette, Scarlett and Shyanne. She is also survived by her sisters, Christy Fix, Leanne Meyers, Marilyn Scott, Jennifer Di Paolo, Lindy Larson, Carol Osborne; brother, Steve Larson; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Ann Brumfeld; father, Alvin Larson; and stepfather, Carter Brumfield. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a contribution to your favorite charity. Terri was full of joy and hope as she encouraged others to follow their dreams. As Terri’s family mourns her loss, she chooses to remember her in a way that honors her spirit. His children, grandchildren, sisters and brother invite the community to join them in a celebration of life ceremony. It will take place in Phoenix, Arizona at a later date. To be added to a contact list, please email Lori Frankfort at [email protected] Terri loved the beach and beautiful sunsets. She was proud to live her life her own way and to enjoy the moment. She was loved by so many friends and family. “The greatest thing you will ever learn is to simply love and be loved back.” -Eden Ahbez

Posted on October 08, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic