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Celebration of Life

Fetzer Center
Saturday January 29th, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Susan Marie Sayles

Wednesday morning, January 19th, 2022, Susan Marie Sayles passed away peacefully in her sleep, at her home in Kalamazoo, surrounded by her family, after a brave fight with stroke complications from the last few years.

Susan is survived by her husband of 39 years, Andrew Sayles, her triplets, Aaron, Nicole, and Ashley Sayles, her father, Laddie Quick, her 4 siblings, Jacqueline Shirey, Larry (Linda) Quick, Dan (Jean) Quick, and Cheryl (Tim) Wilks, her brother-in-laws, David (Barbara) Sayles, Myron Sayles, and many extended family members. She was preceded in passing by her mother, Teressa Quick, her father and mother-in-law, Myron and Lucille Sayles, and her brother-in-law David Shirey.

Susan Marie Sayles was born to Laddie Quick and Teressa Quick on August 7th, 1953, the eldest of her 4 siblings. After graduating highschool from Portage Central in 1971, she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University and her CPA certificate. She was a proud member of Kappa Phi. For the majority of her career, she worked at the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court as the Finance Administrator. On May, 29th, 1982, she married her dear husband, Andy, despite their different styles of playing Euchre. Together, Susan and Andy traveled (one of her most favorite trips was to Africa), were part of the KWings Club, housed traveling hockey boys, and rescued dogs. On January 16th, 1997, Susan and Andy welcomed triplets into their lives. Susan was an absolutely wonderful mother, who always put her children's wishes and needs ahead of her own in the most selfless way. Whether it was making clothes and quilts for them when they were younger (Susan loved to sew, quilt, and crochet) or by attending their activities and sporting events when they got older. Her children are eternally grateful to have had Susan as their mother; they could not have asked for a better mom.

First and foremost, Susan was known by everyone for her infectious smile and gentle warmth that she brought to those who surrounded her. In many ways, she was observant, and when she would extend herself into the conversation, she often did so with sly remarks and laughter. Her presence itself was that of unspoken comfort, reassurance, and love. Her resiliency, shown particularly in the last few years of her life, is not something that will be forgotten.

Susan’s Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 29th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan University’s campus. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity that supports animals or wildlife.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Susan's guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Sayles family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622

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A candle was lit in memory of Susan Sayles

So sorry for your loss. She was a good friend in high school. Carol (Bosker) P Jan 24 2022 10:07 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I know she was in pain and not doing good like my mom, but it is one of the hardest thing you will go though in life. My prayers are daily for you all

Chris Larsen Jan 24 2022 3:21 PM

My heart goes to the family. I'm so sorry to hear about Sue passing.
Much love to all of you.
Cindy Frie

Cindy Frie Jan 24 2022 12:13 PM

We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet your wonderful wife and mother. Her eyes sparked when she shared about being a mom of triplets, and it was obvious how much she loved her family.

John and Tania Duncan Jan 23 2022 12:59 PM

Susan always took the time to talk with me at FOC. She Loved her children dearly, for she talked about them with me and with her crafts she was doing at the time. Hugs to the Family

Debbie Hilton Jan 23 2022 9:42 AM

Remembering a snowy January day in junior high years, with Sue, Mary Kerwin, Pat Harrington, and I, skating and goofing around on Austin Lake. So sorry to learn she is gone. My heartfelt condolences to family and other friends.

Dara Konewko (formerly Louann Bevins) Jan 23 2022 9:28 AM

Susie Q will be so missed by so many. Blessed to make it through Portage Central with her as a friend.

Pam Clark Knapp Jan 22 2022 6:21 PM

Thinking of all you. Sending prayers for the whole family

Deb Walker Jan 22 2022 2:12 PM

My condolences to families.

Tim Stamm Jan 22 2022 1:01 PM

A beautifully written testament to an even more beautiful life. My love for the family

Abby V Jan 21 2022 8:37 PM

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