Suzanne Farris named Delaware Mother of the Year

BRIDGEVILLE – American Mothers, Inc.® has named Suzanne Farris of Bridgeville the 2018 Delaware Mother of the Year.

Nominees qualify for this honor by having one or more children and being inspirational in their role as a mom. Ms. Farris was honored for her devotion to motherhood, leadership, and community service.

Suzanne Farris of Bridgeville is the 2018 Delaware Mother of the Year.

Ms. Farris has called Delaware home for most of her life. Graduating from Salisbury University, she taught middle school before embarking on a career in the non-profit world.

Elected to the Seaford Board of Education, she served a five-year term. In 2012, Ms. Farris began a career with the American Red Cross where she currently serves as a Senior Volunteer Specialist for the Greater Chesapeake Region.

She and her husband David are raising their four children in their Bridgeville home. Ms. Farris spends the majority of her non-working hours helping her children to manage their volunteer service organizations – GAVE, GearUp, HeartArt and Yes I Do! She also serves as a Sunday School Teacher and works alongside her husband to promote healthy marriage and family relationships.

‘While every mother is special, Suzanne Farris is just extraordinary in the way she cares for her family and others,” said David Farris, Suzanne’s husband. “Early on as a parent she had to learn quickly to be an advocate for her children. Her oldest two were in an abusive situation with their biological father and she quickly took the necessary legal steps to put an end to that and remove them from that situation.  Soon after, she discovered her son had an Autism Spectrum disorder and spent countless hours getting him the therapy he needed to learn the proper coping skills. She spent countless hours soothing him just so he could function.”

Mother of the Year® honorees will serve as ambassadors for mothers across the country. They will be recognized at the American Mothers, Inc. National Convention in Washington, D.C. on April 22-24. There, the 83rd National Mother of the Year will be named.

The National Mother of the Year is a historic award that honors mothers for their leadership and service at home and in their community.

“American mothers are true American heroes,” said Connell Branan, president of American Mothers, Inc. “For over eight decades our organization has honored mothers who work tirelessly and serve greatly. It is inspiring to see so many women who embody the selfless, caring spirit of motherhood and who are using that maternal energy to make the world a better place.”

Recent Delaware Mother of the Year honorees from Sussex County include Helen Kruger of Georgetown (2014), Lou Ann Riley of Millsboro (2013) and Rosalie Walls of Georgetown (2012).

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