Suzanne Emilie Joséphine Angèle Abeille Sturkie Dyvad was usually known as Suzie, Mom, Grandma, or Great-Grandma to those who loved her. Her story begins on January 24, 1922, when she was born to Joseph and Marie (Marmier) Abeille in Saint-Tropez, France. She lived there for her youth at home and later at the convent school in town. While she was an only child, she spent many happy days with cousins who became like brothers and sisters to her.
During WWII, her family lived in Nice, where Suzie volunteered as a child care worker, studied nursing, and took on thankless and dangerous jobs to protect and care for others. She was instrumental in rescuing Jewish children from the Nazis by escorting them to the French countryside and to other countries in covert trips arranged by Madame Pelletier. She also volunteered for the unpleasant task of de-lousing prisoners of war as they crossed into France from Italy. Witnessing that event was one reason her future husband, Daniel Belton Sturkie, Jr., fell in love with her, since it was the reason she turned him down for a first date after they met at a USO dance. Suzie and Dan were married November 3, 1945, but they were not able to live together at that time. She was shipped to the United States with other war brides at the end of the war, resulting in a lifetime loathing of peanut butter sandwiches. She soon joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the couple was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1949.
Suzie and Dan were the parents of five children: Christine, Danny, Peter, Cynthia, and Murry. After her divorce, Suzie worked in the LA County Library system and later married Clifford Walter Dyvad. Suzie and Cliff lived in Arizona, New Mexico, and later moved to Saint-Tropez, where Cliff passed away in 1980. Suzie also worked in France as an elder caregiver for several years. She returned to the US in 2006 but revisited her home town during the summer as long as her health permitted.
Suzie was known for her love of gardening, knitting baby booties, genealogy and temple work. She made friends with ease and was always smiling. Caring for her family and friends was her highest priority. In her later years she was a frequent fixture at the BINGO and puzzle tables at Meadowlake Village.
She is survived by children Daniel Sturkie, Cynthia Fendley, and Murry (Loralei) Sturkie; grandchildren Christine Harris, Melissa (Mike) Pappas, Becky Shanahan, Joshua Sturkie, Yvette Fendley, Tyrone Fendley, Jason (Chelsea) Sturkie, Katherine (Christopher) McHan, Samuel (Lindsey) Sturkie, Daniel Sturkie, Nathan Sturkie, and Rachel Sturkie; 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her presents, husbands Daniel B. Sturkie, Jr., Clifford W. Dyvad, by children Joseph Peter Sturkie & Mary Christine Werly, granddaughter Aimée Crawford, and g-granddaughter Alazée Crawford.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho, from 11:30-1:30 pm with a committal service to follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road Boise, Idaho.