Suzanne Legum Barr

by | Aug 11, 2022 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Suzanne Legum Barr 91, of Norfolk, passed away July 23, 2022.

She was born September 7, 1930, to the late A.J. and Bessie Legum in Berkley, Virginia. She was a graduate of Maury High School and attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College before returning to Norfolk to marry David Barr.

While raising her family, Suzanne was a dedicated volunteer within her community. She was a past president of B’nai Brith Women of Norfolk, and a board member of the Mental Health Center of Norfolk and Chesapeake, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Cerebral Palsy of Tidewater, Women’s American ORT, St. Mary’s Infant Home, and the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal.

She served as president of her college alumnae regional chapter, and in 1967 was a part of a Young Leadership delegation that studied post-war conditions in Israel. In 1973, Suzanne attended a real estate course to keep her best friend Mavolyn Lefcoe company. The result was a 40-year career that networked her lifetime love of Norfolk with generational connections and a genuine interest in people.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Barr Grossman (Tom); her son, Bruce Barr (Lauren); and her three grandchildren, Justin, Shayne (Lili), and Gabrielle; her brothers Edward Legum (Ruthie), Dr. Stephen Legum (Carol Sue); her sister-in-law, Shirley Legum; and her niece, Cindy Homer (Paul). She was predeceased by her brothers, Alfred Legum, Howard Legum, Herbert Legum, and her sister, Edith Legum Laderberg. She leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who enriched her life.

Funeral services were conducted at Ohef Sholom Temple, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Meal of Consolation was served at Ohef Sholom Temple. Donations may be made to Ohef Sholom Temple or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at