Susan Ellen Raymaley Crabbe
Susan Ellen Raymaley Crabbe (Suellen) passed away July 19, 2022, in Tucson, Arizona.
She was 75 years young and the oldest of five children born to Virginia Newhall Heald and Edwin Rudolph Raymaley Jr. on Nov. 26, 1946.
She enjoyed much of her childhood in Plattsburgh, riding ponies playing with her father’s dogs and going to school. She graduated from Plattsburgh High school where she was captain of the cheerleading squad and attended Bucknell University majoring in English Studies.
In 1965, she married Kenneth Linn. They enjoyed some travel adventures abroad and settled down in New York City. Their son Clay was born in 1968 and four years later, Suellen rightfully earned the title of “Hockey Mom.” For 10 years she steadfastly supported the team’s bake sales and exceeded expectations for shuttling Clay to early morning practices in the Lake Placid, sub-zero temperatures driving a VW with limited heat and even less traction in snow and ice. In 1983, Suellen married her high school sweetheart Cullen “Cuffy” Crabbe and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked as a legal secretary, rode her two dressage horses, played with her dogs, and rode with Cuffy on the back of his motorcycle and in the passenger seat of their dune buggy. It was the dune buggy that took them to the Santa Rita mountains where she fell in love with all things Patagonia. She then started a collection of watercolor paintings of Patagonia and dreamed of retiring there. Her dream was realized in 2017 when after 39 years they sold the Scottsdale home and moved to Patagonia.
Suellen was an avid visitor at the Fountain Hills dog park, driving back-and-forth in an old silver T-Bird. She was famous for remembering all the human’s names as well as their dogs. She loved hummingbirds, peach faced lovebirds, her cocker spaniels and German shorthair pointers. Suellen was a voracious reader of all types of books and used her library card often. She was a lifelong subscriber to the New Yorker magazine and an amazing cook and baker. She never passed up a good crisp apple, aged cheddar cheese, a good cup of hot coffee or a spirited conversation. She could often be found gardening, weeding, or tending to her Thai chili pepper plants sporting one of her several pair of well-worn cowboy boots.
Suellen was very much a “townie” who loved nature, her dogs, a new Louise Penny book, pottery made by friends, and was an old soul who touched everyone around her in a most positive an interesting way. She will be missed.
Suellen is survived by her son Clay Weston Linn; ex-husband Kenneth Linn (Hadassah); brother Michael Raymaley (Susan) of Lake Placid; sisters Jeannine Raymaley Keegan (William) of Chittendon, Vermont, and Bonnie Raymaley Kassen of Lake Placid; sister-in-law Susan Crabbe Fletcher of Florida; stepchildren Sande Pullen (Tony) of Marana, Arizona, Lindsay Sims (Dustin) of Gilbert, Arizona, and Cullen Crabbe (Rita) of Patagonia, Arizona; grandchildren Alec Weston Linn of Prescott, Arizona, Jacob, Elizabeth, Emily and Jesse Pullen of Marana, Arizona, Kate and Ella Sims of Gilbert, Arizona, and Chaelie and Roxanne Crabbe; one great-grandchild, Cali Jo Linn of New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Kimmie Barton Raymaley; brother-in-law David Kassan; and husband Cuffy, who passed away in December 2021.
There is no funeral planned, but friends and family are encouraged to leave a memory, favorite photo and/or note at martinezfuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hoof and Paw Rescue in Cave Creek, Arizona, which specializes in the rescue and adoption of dogs and horses at hoofandpawrescue.com.