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Suzanne Blakesley

Suzanne Blakesley (Holm)

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On October 8, 2020, heaven gained a beautiful angel. Suzanne Holm Blakesley, age 75, died peacefully at her home, in Washington, Utah. She is finally reunited with her beloved son Troy, her mama and daddy, her sweet sisters and her loving friend Lynette. They are having a wonderful reunion. Born May 5, 1945 to Floyd S and Hazel Holm. She was the youngest of three darling little girls and was the best big sister to her younger brother Floyd. "Aunt Sue" was a guiding force to every family member, friend and the many students she taught in the 35+ years as an English teacher and school librarian in both Mesa , AZ and Provo, Utah, where she functioned as an officer in the Provo Education Association for several years. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ and, most recently, used her teaching skills in the Gospel Doctrine class, where she was well loved. She was active in civic affairs as a member of the National Exchange Club, where she served as the Chandler, AZ club secretary for many years. She loved crocheting and donated countless blankets she made to charity. She was also an adventurous world traveler. She traveled all over the world in order to "see the beautiful world our Heavenly Father blessed us with." Most importantly, Sue loved people of all kinds unconditionally. Sue will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her willingness to help others, her caring heart, and her lifelong devotion to the service of others.

Suzanne is survived by her little brother Floyd W Holm and his wife Sandie, her only grandchild Mason Sessions and his wife Julianne and their 3 children, many, many loving nieces and nephews and her countless friends, including her virtual daughter, Jineena and her step granddaughter, Amy-Jolie. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mervel “Bud” Blakesley, her son Troy, sisters Loretta and Marie, nephew Garrett, and her dear friend Lynette Janda.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 between 6:00pm and 8:00 pm and on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E 800 N Orem, Utah. Funeral Services will be held at noon at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home with a Graveside service thereafter at Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 420 S 400 E, Spanish Fork, Utah. Please practice safe social distancing and we ask you to wear a mask while at the services. There will be a live stream of the Funeral Service at noon on Thursday. Just go to www.walkersanderson.com and click on the live webcast for Sue
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and we ask you to wear a mask.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and we ask you to wear a mask.
  • Service

    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    Please adhere to safe social distancing and we ask you to wear a mask.

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Irene Blakely

Posted at 04:39pm
Dear Suzanne,
I have known you for only 8 years, but it seems like a lifetime. I cried when I heard of your passing, but I know you are in a better place and back again with your family members and friend Lynette.
Walking into Pleasant First Ward that first Sunday was interesting. We had never met someone with a last name so close to our
last name of Blakely. To this day, I am still referred to as Sister Blakesley, but I don't mind at all. We sure confused that ward!
I always enjoyed your Relief Society lessons and knew you were a teacher, before anyone ever told me. You had that presence, love, and concern for those Sisters in class as well as for the topic your were teaching.
Later, I was fortunate enough to become your visiting teacher, though you taught me more than I taught you. I enjoyed our
many conversations, on all topics. You were always there for everyone; and I am glad we lived in the same area and able to comfort one another when needed.
Thanks for the excellent example you are in the Gospel for everyone you meet. Heavenly Father truly received an angel in you.
Irene Blakely
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Ruth Herrmann

Posted at 10:06am
Dear Suzanne,
I first met you on a Relief Society visit. I was enchanted. I had to bring my youngest who wasn’t in school yet and he played with your buffalo coin collection stand. As he spun it it started to wobble so I thought he broke it. I looked at you with worried eyes. I had no idea how to make this right. You said you bought most things in that home from a consignment store and you would rather he play with it than not. The worry ran right out of me. Before we left you offered Colin a treat and asked how many kids I had. Three. You said to have them come over so you could give them a treat too. Rhett made it over and he got a popsicle.
You supported me. You were honest with me. You loved me. I loved hearing you talk about life. You didn’t silver line anything. If it was good, you were grateful. If it was less than preferred, you recognized God’s invitation to be better. One of my favorite things was how willing you were to try new things and new people.
I was made Relief Society president just as the COVID pandemic shut St George down. You sent me cards and cheered me on in my new calling.
I cried when I received the texts that you were gone. We were buying a new van. I paced the lot and wiped my tears. My first thoughts were, ‘It’s not fair.’
I visited your home and saw the buffalo coin holder. I saw your chair. I appreciated your good taste in decorating. I walked past your bathroom where your clothes were hanging on the shower rod and realized you didn’t anticipate this change either.
In the days that have passed, I’ve come to accept that what has happened is done. I don’t think it’s over for me yet. I think it will hit me again when you’re not teaching Sunday school, when I don’t see your name in the Tools app, when I see someone new in your home or ask your neighbors how they’re doing. But I have no doubt that heaven is going to be a happier place with you in it. Your talents are going to shine and whatever your role is up there, you’re going to add the Suzanne sparkle to it and make it amazing.
I love you so much and I am going to hug you next time I see you!

Love,
Ruth Herrmann
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Vaunie

Posted at 08:26pm
Every minute I had the privilege of being with Susie is a cherished memory. We grew up together went to school together lived together. She was a best friend for life. No matter how many years or miles separated us we would pick up like we had just talked that morning. I love her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor, her knowledge, and her friendship. We have laughed a lot, cried a lot , we have seen good times and not so good. Shared secrets and Dreams. I love you dear friend you are cherished Your sweet reunion with your beautiful Troy and all those you love so much I am sure was everything you knew it would be.
So grateful I was blessed to have you in my life.
Vaunie Clyde
 
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Angelica Black Posted at 01:18am

Thank you Vaunie, I’m sure she felt similarly blessed to have you in her life. These are cherished memories that I enjoyed reading and I thank you for taking the time to type them out. -Jelli (Floyd’s daughter/Susie’s niece)
 
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Angelica Black Posted at 01:18am

Thank you Vaunie, I’m sure she felt similarly blessed to have you in her life. These are cherished memories that I enjoyed reading and I thank you for taking the time to type them out. -Jelli (Floyd’s daughter/Susie’s niece)
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Stephen Van Orden

Posted at 06:20pm
Suzanne was a wonderful colleague and mentor to me at Timpview High School. Her example and work showed me the great value of our professional association, PEA. Her life touched so many and her influence lives on!

Stephen Van Orden
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Kodi Jeffery

Posted at 12:49pm
All those of us who had the privilege of being students of Mrs. Blakesley remember her with deep fondness and love. She taught my 9th grade English class, and she was my journalism teacher my senior year. I also worked under her on my Sterling Scholar portfolio — I remember her sending an “emergency” note to one of my teachers to keep me out of class to work on it. At the last moment, we made a decision to change the color scheme, and she worked to retype things to help me out. We always knew she loved us .

I also remember at my 15th HS anniversary — some of my peers had gone back to the school and taken videos of our former teacher giving us advice. Mrs. Blakesley was lying on her side in a rather seductive pose, always “Miss Piggy”, and she told us the secret to preventing wrinkles. “STRETCH you skin”, she advised — it was unquestioningly the way to keep the wrinkles away.

Mrs. Blakesley was perhaps the classiest woman I’ve ever known. She was never ashamed of her weight, wearing big loose dresses that were ideal and having her hair and makeup perfect. She was absolutely beautiful in every meaning of the word.

I wish I could have seen her in more recent years. I know she moved on to the library at Timpview, and there she undoubtedly gave her deep love of books to countless other students. Those who did not know her truly missed. I will never forget Suzanne Blakesley or the profound difference she made in my life and the lives of all those she touched.

Deepest love to her family. You were blessed to have her in your lives, and I know she will be deeply missed.
 
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Angelica Black Posted at 01:12am

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful memories of her. I’m her niece and it is so comforting to read how much she was loved and that she made such a difference. Thank you, truly, I loved reading these memories you shared about her and appreciate the time you took to share them. ❤️
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