Susan Louise Stiles – Beautiful Baby Girl, born May 10, 1950 to George & Violet Stiles in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. Sue developed and grew like most babies, but did not talk. This became more obvious when Cynthia (her sister) was born and, in no time, was talking for both herself and Sue. Traveling to and from the Turks & Caicos Islands was not easy, but Mommy (Violet) was determined to find the reason and a resolution to Sue’s lack of speech. In 1959, Mommy along with Sue, traveled to New York and was told that it was apparent that Sue had suffered a fall, causing damage to her eardrum. It was Mommy’s decision not to separate her children. So she brought Sue back to Turks Island. Sue’s siblings became her teachers. Whatever they learned, they shared with Sue. Whatever they did not show Sue, she copied. There was very little that Sue couldn’t do. Sue was good at cooking, crocheting, embroidering, knitting, mending, hair dressing and styling, and dominos. Just name it, and Sue was able! Most of all, Sue LOVED children (babies). She would bring babies home to Mommy without permission and care for them like her own. At sundown, she took them back to their parents. Many of those children, who are now adults, have stories to tell of Sue. Wherever she went, Sue made friends with everybody. She became more selective after migrating to the U.S. She seemed to understand violence and fear after watching the news and other TV shows. Sue knew her entire family, which is countless. She knew everybody in Grand Turk. She once said in her own way “I lova people.” Sue could relate a story from as far back as the 50’s, as if it happened yesterday. Her memory was like that of an elephant. Sue migrated to the United States in 1991. She lived with her sister Cynthia in NY for a while. In 1997 she moved to live with another sister, Georgina, in Teaneck, NJ. Georgina and Dallas (brother-in-law) cared for Sue like a daughter. Sue lacked nothing. Sue was enrolled with Easter Seals & Friendship House, organizations that provide developmental skills and training for the challenged. The staff and members of both organizations became an extended family for Sue. Sue was a life- long Anglican, baptized in St. Mary’s, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. When her family prayed, she didn’t hear what was being said, but she was fully aware of the sovereignty of God. She always ended with lifted hands and would say “PRAISE THE LORD!” Sue succumbed to a hypertensive hemorrhagic stroke on May 8th, 2020. So quick! So sudden! Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. We know, though, that as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
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