Suellen Aiken, 72, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 10, 2021 with her beloved life partner Richard W. Walker by her side. Daughter of the late Dorothy M. (Fell) Aiken and Warren V. Aiken, and sister of the late Robert W. Aiken.
Suellen graduated from Fairhaven High School and Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She landed her first teaching job on her twenty-first birthday.
Suellen taught in Granby, Connecticut for four years before moving to teach in Mattapoisett. She bought her house in 1973 and began teaching at the Center School. She later transferred to Old Hammondtown School and taught grades 4 and 5 there for many years. After her retirement, she served many students at Old Rochester Regional High School as a long-term substitute teacher and private tutor. Mattapoisett has always been known for its vibrant school system and Suellen has always felt blessed to be a part of maintaining that excellence. She also cherished her friendships with many former students and co-workers.
In addition to teaching, she was also a waitress for thirty years. She enjoyed serving clients at Mildred’s Chowder House in Hyannis, Skipper Restaurant in Fairhaven, and Louie’s on the Wharf in New Bedford. Her last restaurant gig was at Matt’s Courtyard Restaurant in Fairhaven, from where she retired in 2009.
Suellen also served her town of Mattapoisett as an assistant shell custodian for five years.
In her youth, she enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, gardening and relaxing at the beach. Later in life, her passions became passionate about golf, travel and reading. She has been a member of the Rochester Golf Course Women’s Golf Leagues and the Acushnet River Valley Golf Course for years. She made a lot of good memories and friends.
She and Richard were Diamond members of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. They spent as much time as possible cruising the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and all over Hawaii. She also greatly enjoyed her months vacation with Richard at The Villages, Florida. She was known to be a very social person and was loved by many. She liked to receive and be entertained by others.
Suellen is survived by her beloved Richard, her aunt, Marjorie Kidd, and her very close cousins, June and Bill Dumas, Kellie Dumas Cain and Robert Dumas. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many dear friends. Unfortunately, Suellen leaves behind her beautiful little dog, Lola.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at Fairhaven Riverside Cemetery on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to It’s All About the Animals, Inc., 103 Marion Rd., Rochester, MA 02770, Humane Society and Shelter – Southcoast, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02747, or Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. Arrangements are made by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For the online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.