55+ CLUB SPOTLIGHT: SUSIE DYER

Susie is an original 55+ Club member and served on the first Executive Board as Member at Large. In addition, Susie has served in the food and hospitality area for our club since the beginning.

Susie and David, her late husband of 60 years, moved to Florida 25 years ago after living “ten times” in different areas prior to choosing Satellite Beach! They’ve lived in all four corners of the United States.

David served in the Navy and their first daughter was born in San Diego where they were stationed. As a matter of fact, that first daughter Kellie Susan, was delivered by David! Susie says, “being young and dumb, I thought the stomach pains I was experiencing were caused by the big bowl of Bing cherries I had eaten and not labor pains”! They didn’t make it to the hospital in time, so dad had to play doctor! Susie is a mother of three daughters, four grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (so far, she tells us). Her daughters and grandchildren are all scattered throughout Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.

Originally from Maine, she owned and operated a country gift shop called Bittersweet Collections near Boston for six years. They offered everything country and often held craft classes with projects that had a country feel. Every July, Susie returns to the family cottage on Pleasant Pond in Turner, Maine. The cottage has been in her family for five generations! She met her husband David while staying at Pleasant Pond. She says “he was the country boy and I was the city girl” who lived a few cottages away from his. She and David enjoyed going on cruises and went on, not one or two, but fifteen cruises!

To say that Susie keeps busy is an understatement!! Besides being a member of the 55+ Club she is currently a member of Satellite Beach United Methodist Church as their kitchen facilitator; Friends of the Library Board and the Satellite Beach Women’s Club where she runs the Trash to Treasure room during each Founder’s Day, besides other Women’s Club duties.

Most often during any of our 55+ Club events you will find Susie in the kitchen busy working on food preparations while wearing her signature apron for the season! Susie enjoys cross word and jigsaw puzzles. A jigsaw puzzle is always set up at her home and at the family cottage. Her current roommate is an eight year-old long-haired Dachshund named Willow. Susie tells us “In my almost 85 years, people, family, friends and strangers are my greatest joy”!

A favorite saying hanging in her home reads “Everyone seems to need you at once. What does it mean? It means you are exactly where you should be. Usefulness is among the highest of callings.”

Thank you, Susie, for all you do!

(Do you have a suggestion for a club member we can highlight?
Contact Louise S. at 321-202-7337 or louinthesun@cfl.rr.com )

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