Suzanne (Sue) Roberta Miller Wyse passed away peacefully on April 2nd, surrounded by family, after a brief illness.
Suzanne Roberta Miller was born March 15, 1936, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to Caroline (Hunt) and Richard Grant Miller. She grew up in Allentown and enjoyed a happy childhood with her older brother, Richard. The two of them often recounted fond memories of summers spent at their grandparents’ home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Twelve years after Sue’s birth, she and Richard welcomed the arrival of their brother, David.
Sue graduated from Cedar Crest College where she earned a degree in dietary science. After attending graduate school at Drexel University, she took a job as a dietitian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was there that she met her husband, Charles Wyse.
Sue and Charlie made Ann Arbor their home for 60 years, raising three daughters. Sue shared her enthusiasm for celebrations and reading with her Iroquois neighbors, leading the Ravenous Readers Book Club for 25 years and helping to organize the annual block party.
As an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she used her gifts in service of others. Sue taught Sunday School; created beautiful quilts, which were sent to disaster sites; and served as a Stephen Minister, supporting others as they navigated difficult times.
After taking time off to start her family, Sue embarked upon a second career as a lighting specialist at Ann Arbor’s Top of the Lamp. There, she created appealing window displays and helped customers find just the right fixture to light up the home.
In their later years, Sue and Charlie set out to discover the world. The most special trips were the ones they took with their daughters; to Spain, France, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the National Parks of Glacier, Grand Canyon, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Yellowstone, and Zion.
Sue never missed the opportunity to make the world a more beautiful, magical, whimsical, and delicious place. Friends and family cherish Sue’s quilts, embroidery, poems, paintings, baskets, Christmas ornaments, handmade Valentines, menagerie of painted rocks and dryer lint bunnies. Her children and grandchildren will always remember the rhyming clues that helped them hunt for the treasure troves that Sue created.
In 2019, Sue and Charlie moved to Medford, New Jersey to be closer to family. They were welcomed by the Medford Leas community and made many new friends there. Sue quickly found many ways to contribute her artistic and organizational talents to help where needed. She enjoyed getting to know residents and staff and was adept at forming connections and remembering personal details.
Sue lived every moment of her life as an adventure, from the most significant milestones to everyday activities, and she treated every person she met as a new friend.
Suzanne is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles; brother Richard Miller; three daughters Deborah Wyse (Keith Gregory), Jennifer Suri (Raj), and Stephanie Mietz (Steve); four grandchildren Mohan, Anita, Jack, and Ben; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sue was preceded in death by her brother, David Miller.
The family will organize a celebration of life, to be held at a later date.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the Medford EMTs; the medical staff at Medford Leas, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Virtua Marlton Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and the Samaritan Hospice team who gave our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister tender and dignified care.
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