Susannah Mellion, 75


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Susannah Tresette Mellion passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2021, at her residence, after a long illness. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Yvette (Shaset) Mellion. Susannah had a lifelong passion for people and adventure, which included attending the legendary Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

A graduate of the Sawyer Business School in Providence, Susannah made use of her business and marketing skills. At Parts Plus Auto, she introduced and implemented one of the first computer systems within the automotive parts industry. For Frank J. Russo, longtime concert promoter, Susannah served as personal assistant. Throughout the 1980s, she booked, produced and provided logistics for many performances enjoyed by people throughout southern New England. Susannah worked behind the scenes with performers ranging from William Earl “Bootsy” Collins to Frank Zappa. Her passion for people and adventure eventually led to market research.

As an independent market research specialist, Susannah was sought after by firms across New England. People still talk about how she convinced the former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Colin Powell to take a survey.

In retirement, Susannah’s favorite pleasures were family and friends. She often spent summers in Teton Valley and frequently journeyed to Reno, Nevada, and Northern California. Susannah’s joy was sharing her life experiences with friends. Her greatest treasure was her grandchildren Esther and Hannah.

Survivors include her loving son, Robert Mellion, Esq. and his wife Dr. Michelle Mellion of South Easton, Massachusetts; brother, Dr. Morris Mellion and his wife Irene of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; two granddaughters Esther and Hannah Mellion and niece Rosie Mellion, and nephew Frank Mellion.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023