LAKE ALFRED, Fla. – Suzanne Averill Sumner Bridges died Feb. 8, 2011, with her family by her side in Winter Haven, Fla. She was born May 24, 1941, in Bangor, daughter of Charles and Enid (Averill) Sumner. She grew up in Sullivan and spent time in Hampden raising her family, and later in Newport and finally in Lake Alfred, Fla. Her favorite places were her camp on Sebasticook Lake in Newport, and at Schoodic Point in Acadia. Her favorite things were games of luck and skill with her family, and was always on the lookout for the next one. She always had her dice and dominoes. Of all her occupations through her life, the one she was the most proud of was Soiux Bee Motors, Newport, where she was able to use all her wheeling and dealing to put people in cars they could afford. It should have been called Boomerang Motors for all the cars that came back for lack of payment, but it was her absolute trust in people that made her special. She liked to spend her time and energy on many things she would never really do, but was always looking for new challenges and opportunities. There never was a stray person or pet that she would not take in. She was always willing to try new things and to make others more aware of what it was like to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease became her goal. She did several experimental trials to see if her life could benefit others in developing a way to improve the quality of life of others.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Brassbridge of Winter Haven, Fla.; two sons, Kevin Bridges and wife, Kathy, of Wells and Brent Bridges and wife, Suzanne, of Kennebunk; a sister, Deborah Sumner of Jaffrey, N.H.; brothers, Charles Sumner and wife, Karen, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Robert Sumner of Sullivan; grandsons, Nicholas Bridges, Nathaniel Bridges, Graham Bridges, Michael Brassbridge and Ryan Brassbridge; and granddaughter, Courtney Bridges McHenry with great-granddaughter, Cadence Bridges and great-grandsons, Connor McHenry and Kale Carvotta. We will miss the spirit of adventure and endless devotion to her family.
A memorial service will be held this spring in Sullivan. Those wishing to remember her may make contributions to the humane society in her name.