Susan Tibbetts Seavey

Bar Harbor

Susan Tibbetts Seavey, 80, died Dec. 15, 2021, in a nursing home in Jonesport. With a kind soul at her side, holding her hand, she breathed her last. She was born in Lynn, Mass., Oct. 10, 1941, to Edward and Mary R. (Donahue) Tibbetts Sr.

She was born into a large Irish Catholic family with a passion to serve others. Since her childhood she had an unquenchable desire to read and learn. She graduated from Lynn English High School while working as a candy striper at the hospital. She then received her nursing degree from Lynn Hospital School of Nursing and began her career at Salem Hospital. While on a trip to Maine with her best friend, she met her future husband, Wendell Seavey, in Bernard while out walking the dog. They later raised their three children across the street from where they met.

In the 1970s and early ’80s, she was the “go-to” person for countless non-life-threatening bandaging and medical advice in that small fishing village. In 1978-79 she and her then husband, Wendell, packed up their three kids and went all over the country to see as many national parks and historical sites as possible. It was a true gift that took six full months to complete but yielded memories that will last for a lifetime — Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Grand Tetons, on and on and on.

In 1985, she and her family moved to Bar Harbor, where she worked at Bar Harbor Hospital until she retired. When her children were raised, the marriage ended, but they remained friends. She had an adventurous spirit and made many road trips around the country after, going to concerts small and large — even Pearl Jam! She very much enjoyed singing and being silly. She loved her arts and crafts. All Christmas and birthday cards were hand crafted. She studied the Bible thoroughly, taking courses for years at a time. She was an original person, who delighted in living life on her terms, exactly as she was. Every birthday you could expect her to sing, and all calls or messages ended with hug and kiss noises with an “I love you-love you-love you-love you” at the end.

She is survived by two sons, Wayne Seavey and his fiancée Amy Billings and Chandler “Frank” Seavey and his wife, Melanie; sister-in-law, Mary Tibbetts; grandchildren, Brian, Cade, Samantha, Jordan, Bradley, Lucas, Devan, Mackenzie and Morgan; great-grandchildren Mary, Tessa, Hunter and Bobby; nieces Mary and Tricia; and nephew Michael. She endured the loss of her daughter Mary to brain cancer in December 1999. Her younger brother Edward “Teddy” Tibbetts passed this past year.

She had an outstanding group of friends throughout her life and to the end. A heartfelt thank you to Carmen, Tony, Br. David Steindl-Rast, Anne, Doris, Sarah, Valerie and Gale, Mary, Edith, Pat and Jean … for true friendship till the end.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2022, at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor. A private burial will follow due to current COVID spread. Any donations in her memory can be made to St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

If you’d like to show you care in a way that would bring her the most joy, do something good for a stranger or someone in need. She’d love that. So will you.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at



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