Suzanne K. Blake of Edgartown died unexpectedly in the arms of her husband Jack, on Sept. 3. She was 61.

Sue was born April 24, 1959 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late Priscilla and John F. Kleinstuber. She married the love of her life, Jack Blake, on May 18, 2009 on the Island.

Sue worked for many years as a dental hygienist in several Coast Guard base medical offices around the country while she raised her children with their father Tom. After retiring from dental hygiene she found true love and happiness on the water, working and laughing with Jack as an “oyster girl.” She always had a smile on her face and sparkle in her beautiful golden eyes when she was on the farm with Jack raising the oysters and just being truly happy together.

If she saw you in town you might get to hear her whooo-whoop as she waved you over for a big warm hug. Sue was endlessly generous in every aspect of her life, especially with her love. No one she knew ever celebrated Thanksgiving alone, there was always room at her table and always a vacancy at the Sueryan hotel. When you were at her house, she would just be putzing around making sure everyone had a full belly, a full drink and most importantly full hearts. Her love will forever be felt by so many.

Sue went by many names over the years, daughter, sister, wife, hygienist, mom, friend, confidant, oyster farmer. In 2012 she added a new name to that list, MumMum. Hearing her granddaughters call her that made her so happy and she proudly displayed pictures and talked about them to everyone she ran into. The time spent with her girls was cherished and they love her very much.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children Jennifer and her husband Brian, David, John and his wife Stephanie; three granddaughters; her sister Nancy; her brothers John, Kevin and Edward and many nieces, nephews and in laws.

There will be no services at this time. She would never want anyone to get sick, and once a time comes when people can safely gather, a celebration of her life will be held.

To donate in Sue’s memory, call someone you love and tell them how much, share a story and a laugh and remember how wonderful and contagious hers was. Give your sweetie an extra tight squeeze tonight. Next time you are in line at the grocery store, let the person behind you with a full cart go first. Adopt that puppy or kitty that needs a loving home. Or donate to your local shelter.

Sue’s memory would be best served if we all tried to be a little kinder every day.