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Suzanne Stafford Haynes Sword
Dec 15,1930---Mar 02,2018

Dr. Suzanne Sword, born 12-15-1930 to mother Mary Ethel Stafford and father Charles E. Haynes, passed away 03-02-2018. Originally from Fieldston in New York City, N.Y., she went to PS 81 grammar school in N.Y. and attended high school at Riverdale Country School, graduating in 1948. She then attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley Massachusetts, graduating in 1952.  Following Mt. Holyoke she received her M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1956 and interned at New Rochelle Hospital in New York City. Married to Richard O. Sword in August of 1953, she had three sons, Scott Charles Sword, U.S.M.C., deceased 1977, Marc Carleton Sword (grand daughter Allison Lauren Sword and daughter in law Julie Anne (Silks) Sword, deceased 2017) and Daniel Courtney Sword (daughter in law Colleen Marie Sword).  Her family also included sister Barbara Haynes Staats and brother in law Fred Staats, both of Dobbs Ferry, New York, and nieces Maren Oppenheimer of Kilauea, Hawaii, Roberta Staats Burke of Brooklyn, New York, and Diana Crovisier of Highland, New York. She attended the Christ Church in Riverdale, N.Y. until 1952 and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Prairie Village, KS, from 1966 to 1982.

            Suzanne lived in many places while her husband Dick was in the Navy. She had a private practice in Beaufort S.C. and worked at the local health department there. She moved to Leawood Kansas in 1964 where she started many of the clinics at the Shawnee County Health Dept. (1961-66) and the Johnson County Health Dept. (1967-1980). From 1980 to 1985 she completed her Residency and Fellowship in Family Practice and started in private practice in 1985 at Ward Parkway Health Services in Leawood. She practiced medicine in Kansas City over 50 years.

            Suzanne had many hobbies including travel, painting, knitting, reading, fishing, “mowing the lawn”, and attending the theater, symphony and Kansas City Choral. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held 9:30 am, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112, refreshments to follow on site. 


In lieu of flowers a donation to Doctors Without Borders, KCPT, or your favorite charity is preferred.

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Memorial Service
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St.
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Apr 28 ,2018
Time of Service:
09:30 am
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Dan Sword Mar 12 ,2018

Son ,Kansas City ,Missouri

She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.

Colleen Sword Mar 12 ,2018

Mother of my husband ,Kansas City ,Missouri

For the mother of my husband... Do not think of me and weep, It is my new journey that I seek, I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft stars that shine at night Smile when you think of me and celebrate my life. Forever in my heart....Colleen Sword

Debi Dreiling Mar 12 ,2018

mother was a patient of hers ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Dr. Sword was so kind to myself and my children when we thought my mom was going to pass away, after being in a coma for several days. Although, she woke up which we were so happy, Dr. Sword came by and checked on us daily at Specialty Hospital which is now Promise Hospital. Her mere pat on the back asking if we needed anything was so kind, compassionate,and caring! We would run into one another at O'Neils Restaurant while having lunch. Collectively, we would ask one another to join when we were alone. I so loved her knowledge of what was going on with healthcare, since I am in the field as well. One day we were having the special, Chicken Pot Pie which I might add is like going to my Grandmother's house!! While we were talking she said, Debi, hold on I have to tell Brian there is too much salt this week in this one!! My Lord, if my patients have high blood pressure they couldn't eat this!!! Even though she was retired,and struggling with her own health issues, there she was thinking of others!! May she rest in peace, be free, and the angels taking care of her, since she took such great care of others!!! I will miss her!!

Sydney Barthold Mar 31 ,2018

Family friend ,Vernon ,Texas

I have so many memories of Sue and the family and especially of mother and Sue painting together. What a blessing she was to all she met. She will be greatly missed.

Rheta Henke Apr 03 ,2018

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Marc, Daniel & families, We were sorry to read of the passing of your Mother. Have fond memories of her from church. We have been praying for you. God Bless. Rheta & Gordon Henke

Roberta Staats Apr 05 ,2018

niece ,Brooklyn ,New York

I will miss her so much. She was my favorite aunt, as well as being an all around delightful and inspiring person to know. She was smart and funny and pretty intrepid! I admired her wanderlust and her unending sense of curiosity, her creativity, and her kindness. Not to mention her professional accomplishments - she was (by all accounts) a wonderful doctor who championed women's health. She had a real zest for life. I am sorry I won't be there with Marc and Dan for her service. I will be in my heart.My thoughts are with you and your families. I know she had a lot of pride and joy in you. Love, Roberta

Diana Staats Apr 05 ,2018

niece ,highland ,New York

Suzanne was continuously curious. She was interested in the sciences, the arts, people and places. Suzanne was especially proud of her granddaughter Allison. Suzanne’s enthusiasm for life was contagious. I will miss her. She was a great aunt. My sincere condolences to Mark, Dan, Allison and family -Diana Staats

Maren Orion Oppenheimer Apr 08 ,2018

niece ,Kilauea ,Hawaii

I am so grateful for all the chances I had to spend time with my wonderful Aunt Suzanne. She was and is a real inspiration to me to enjoy and live life to the fullest at every moment. She truly did that. She would try anything that was of interest to her and often excelled at whatever it was. She was also such a great help to my sisters and I when our Dad passed, coming to stay with Mom for an extended visit to help her through a difficult time...She also visited her twice here on Kaua`i after Mom moved here. Such a wonderful sister for my Mom. ...Suzanne was truly an amazing woman....Sending much love to her and the rest of the family. I know she will be greatly missed. Sorry I won't be at her memorial. On the day after she passed, Roberta and Julia( who just happened to be here visiting us) and Mose and I had a little memorial for her here. Wherever you are, Suzanne, we love you! Fly free!