SAN MIGUEL D’ALLENDE, MEXICO — Sue Hart d’Avignon, 95, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 in her home in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico.
Born Jan. 2, 1913 in Au Sable Forks, she was the daughter of Dr. Francis Joseph d’Avignon and Suzanna Prime d’Avignon. Sue maintained a home in Lake Placid until 1992 when she relocated to Mexico. Sue’s first husband was Donald Dunn, deceased, of Lake Placid. Sue was divorced from her second husband Jack Borges of San Diego.
Sue graduated from Lake Placid High School. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in fine arts. She furthered her art education at Pratt Institute in New York City. Sue spent her entire adult life as a practicing artist and teacher. In the 1960s she taught at Lake Placid High School, where she introduced many Lake Placid students to art. She also taught art at Duchess County Community College and at a college in the San Francisco area. Sue designed many popular greeting cards through the former Lake Placid business ventures of Country Cousins and later Sue d’Avignon Handprints.
Sue was immensely talented and versatile as an artist. She was equally comfortable in painting portraits, still life and landscapes and was versed in watercolor, oil and pastels. In the last 30 years Sue focused almost exclusively on a series of pastels featuring the common people of Spain and Mexico. She sold her artwork over seven decades and derived inspiration for her work from the Adirondacks and her many travels to Europe, Mexico, Central America and Africa.
Sue, much like her favorite automobile, a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible, was an independent, energetic lady with an adventuresome spirit. Sue loved life and lived it to its fullest, influenced many and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her son Gregory Maxwell Dunn and wife, Linda, of Altamont; three grandchildren: Alecia of Albany, Cassandra of New York and Gregory Maxwell II of Albany; a sister-in-law, Deborah d’Avignon of Lake Placid; and four nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; three brothers: Sidney, Joseph and Francis; and her nephew Joe.
Arrangements for a memorial service have not been made at this time.