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Woman of Wilson: Suanne Bone

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Wilson County native Suanne Bone knows a thing or two about incredible women - she was raised by one.

Bone credited her mother, Patricia Bone, with instilling many great traits in her children. "Mom still takes the role of mother seriously, with a little less tenacity," she said. "She will always be my mom, but is now also my friend."

Bone and her brother Hal grew up on a farm on the east side of town. "My brother and my mother were my sole playmates," she said. "Mom played with us, crafted our Christmas ornaments and bows, baked a divine chocolate cake and even made our playdough. She taught us to dance, instilled in me a love of music, but most importantly, she spent time with Hal and me."

Bone's called her mother an impressive musician. "Mom sings, directs hand bells and dances. She is a one-person talent show," she said.

She recalled taking piano lessons as a youngster. Her mom would sit with her every afternoon while she practiced.

"She was always reassuring me when I was frustrated and congratulating me when I mastered a piece of music," Bone said. "Mom never missed a recital or a competition."

Bone is a graduate of Lebanon High School, Cumberland University, South Eastern Paralegal Institute and Nashville School of Law.

She currently works as the assistant executive director of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Office.

"The most rewarding part of my job is also the most challenging. I act as a liaison to state government where I advocate for public defenders, who in turn advocate for indigent clients," Bone explained. "The indigent clients are the least, lost and broken individuals of society, and my job lets me advocate for them by advocating for the people who represent them in court."

When she isn't working, Bone serves on the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club Board of Directors. She is also a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Her favorite hobbies include cooking, working out and spending time with friends and family. She remains passionate about music to this day.

"I have played the piano since second grade, but no longer competitively, only for enjoyment."

Bone listed her mom and also her paternal grandmother, Margaret Talley Bone, as the women she most admires.

Although her grandmother passed away in 1997, she left quite the impression on Bone. She taught French and first grade for many years in the Wilson County School System and the Lebanon Special School District, respectively.

"My grandmother was pleasant, kind, full of grace and a wonderful Southern cook."

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