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Lee Ann Else
I have fond memories of your dear mother. I enjoyed her when I visited my parents in Amelia Island. She enjoyed sharing about her kids and grandchildren and enjoyed our family stories. I loved the connection we all had with our history as Navy families. She loved you all so much. I hope this brings you peace❤️
What a lovely woman I am so honored to have met Mr. And Mrs. Driver. I’m sure they are at peace with each other again. All my love to the family!! Amy
We loved living near Suzanne, Ace & the boys, considered them part of our family. Suzanne was always so friendly and welcoming, playing hostess at the annual July 4th pig roast in their yard and making sure we all had a great time. She was a wonderful lifelong friend to my mom even after the move to Fernandina Beach. I’ll never forget her and will always be grateful for her kindness. She was a perfect one of a kind.
Linda Lane Lilley
Suzanne & Ace were our neighbors at Sandbridge for several years until we moved into Great Neck & they both adored our baby Karen. Suzanne knitted creations for Karen & made her a puffy orange pumpkin costume that some 40 years later my grandsons have both adorned the costume since 2018!! Suzanne & I both loved our nursing careers & shared many stories! ACE and Suzanne would “dress up like tourists” and fish across the canal from us while creating quite a verbal ruckus to try & irritate us!! We never let on that we knew it was them ….. the Angermans also played along with it! So many WONDERFUL memories of Suzanne & Ace that it has been sad to be away from them geographically…. But now they’re joined together in heaven to forever watch over us all. Kirke … THANK you for your love & sharing of your parents’ journey to us all who love & miss them dearly. God Bless you and your family… and your parents were always so proud of YOU!&
We lived next door to Ace and Suzanne for close to 12 years. When we first moved in Suzanne let us know she was a nurse and told us to call her day or night if we needed her for anything. There were a few times we called on her for her expertise! She was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She and Ace quickly welcomed our entire family into their lives and we were lucky to have know them both.
CDR Alvin Garcia and family
I will always remember Mrs Driver as a kind and welcoming but also spirited woman and person…since I met her and the rest of the family in 1985, she had not changed; in fact, she was a joy to be around…I will miss her crafts, with my SOB towel and my American flag she quoted when I was deployed to Afaghanistan…as being a spouse of a Navy CAPT, she understood and appreciated the sacrifices we made but also recognized and succeeded in making sure her family and friends were taken care in the Homeland…she is now at peace w/her parents, her husband and son…May they all rest in peace and enjoy each other’s company and being again…
Suzanne Haygood Driver
Suzanne Haygood Driver was born in Redlands, CA to Mr. William F Haygood and Sue Ann Haygood in 1939. She was raised in Ridgeland, SC and after graduation attended Nursing School. After embarking on her career as a Registered Nurse, Suzanne was coaxed into a blind double date with a handsome young Naval Aviator named Ace Driver in 1961. After a whirlwind romance, they enjoyed a 59-year devoted marriage together. She was a loving wife and mother who also found time to hone her creative skills in cooking, baking, crafting, and sewing. She loved sewing, quilting, but also making soft sculptures, flags, windsocks….you name it, even mink fur teddy bears, she did it, and probably did it better than most other people. Suzanne loved tennis and if she wasn’t home, most likely you could find her on the tennis courts in Sandbridge Beach, VA then in Fernandina Beach, FL. She loved the beach and living in Sandbridge and Fernandina. These beaches held a very special place in her heart, and both provided friendships that she cherished for the rest of her life.
Suzanne worked some of the hardest jobs possible, a Registered Nurse, Navy wife, and devoted mother of two boys, who weren’t always on their best behavior. She started her own art/craft business aptly named “Suzanne Of Sandbridge” (SOS for short) in the 1980s. Suzanne worked art festivals that included the Va. Beach Boardwalk Art Show for many years. If that wasn’t challenging enough, she decided to go back nursing as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse. Between nursing, tennis, shark tooth hunting, she started participating in local quilt shows. She collected numerous awards for her quilts, and she enjoyed making every single one. She especially loved making special occasion quilts for family and friends. Hopefully, you may have one or two.
Suzanne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and suffered a stroke nearly eight years ago. She was insulted by a doctor predicting she would be wheelchair bound or worse in less than 4 years. She didn’t let these setbacks define her or hold her back. She was indeed a very tough woman.
Suzanne was a loving, caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother (SuSu), sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her son Kirk and his wife Stephanie, their children Ace and Christen, and granddaughter Monica Smith. She also had many nieces and nephews, all of whom she dearly loved. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ace C. Driver, Jr, son, Charles Driver, parents, William Haygood & Sue Ann Snead, and her brother Bill Haygood.
Her family will hold a visitation for her friends to pay their respects and share stories at Oxley Heard Funeral Home from 4pm-6pm on January 5th in Fernandina Beach, FL. Suzanne will be laid to rest with her husband Ace, and son Charles, in the Millen City Cemetery in Millen GA on January 6, 2023, at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: https://www.michaeljfox.org