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Susan Blake Delano Oliver

Sep 14, 1927 - Mar 12, 2017

Susan's Story

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Lee - Susan Blake Delano Oliver went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2017. To her family and everyone that was blessed to know her she will be remembered as a kind, generous, loving soul. She was born in Lee, Maine, on September 14, 1927, the second child of Paul and Lillian Noyes Blake.

She was married for 50 years to Byron Delano. Together they raised six children while operating the family potato business, Sue's Drive In and Mt. Jefferson Ski Area. Sue was famous for her homemade donuts, breads and pies. People came from far and wide just to get one of her tasty donuts, and while many have tried, no one has been able to perfect her recipe yet. She was president of the local American Legion Auxiliary, treasurer and Sunday school teacher at the Lee Baptist Church and along with Byron was involved in the Lee Historical Society.

Susan is survived by her husband of 15 years, Charles Oliver. She is also survived by her children, Connie McLeod, Marjorie and Jim Louder, Dan and Sandra Delano, Janine and Dan Smith, Randy and Debbie Delano, and Byron and Julie Delano, Jr.; her stepchildren, Jim and Sue Oliver, David and Julie Oliver, and Sue O'Brien; grandchildren, Todd and Megan, Kristin and Arnold, Kelli and Brandon, Michael and Danielle, Andrew and Kelly, Ryan and Kerry, Brandon and Amy, Kara and Adam, Craig and Lisa, Taylor, Ben, Hannah and Matt, Ashley, Georgie, Joe, Patrick and Grace; and 25 great-grandchildren. Susan was known as Nana Sue to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a special way of making each one of them feel like they were her favorite. Sue is also survived by a sister, Madeline Trask; brother-in-law, Roland Scribner; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Shirley Delano; and many special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, sisters and brother, she was predeceased by her first husband, Byron Delano Sr.; her son-in-law, Ronald McLeod; and her precious great-grandson, Brenden Cunningham.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 17, from 5-8 p.m. and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Clay Funeral Home, Lincoln, Maine. Spring interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lee, date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Byron and Susan Delano Scholarship fund at Lee Academy, 26 Rt 168, Lee, ME 04455 or House in the Woods Inc., 217 Skunk Hill Road, Lee, ME 04455, or to a charity of one's choice.
Published on  March 16, 2017 in
Bangor Daily News
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