Susan Delight Aley passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2020, surrounded by her immediate family. She was born on Dec. 10, 1947, in Yakima, Wash., the first child of John and Betty Wells. On March 31, 1966, she was married to William David (Bill) Aley in Burien, Wash., who was then stationed at NAS Whidbey.
Shortly after they were married, she graduated from Coupeville High School in the Class of 1966. Susan and Bill moved back to Yakima when he was discharged from the Navy in 1969. There, they both worked in the fruit packing plants before they found their way back to Whidbey Island for good in 1972.
Susan was a homemaker and owner/office manager for the family business, South Island Pumping.
In her younger days, Susan was a talented singer who was televised with her singing group in high school.
Susan was also a caregiver; she cared for local elderly in addition to caring for family and friends. Susan also had a gift for taking care of animals, whether it was the large variety of farm animals and pets over the years, or the occasional injured/stranded deer brought to her by others.
Over the years, Susan was a generous donor to several organizations benefiting disabled veterans.
Susan is survived by her husband, Bill; their three children, Bob Aley, Kari Roche (husband Eamonn and son John) and Kristen Aley (and son Ryelan Quade); her brother, John Wells and family; and stepson, Chris Aley and family.
All of her children were born and raised on Whidbey Island. She will be missed dearly by all her family and friends.
Friends and family are invited to a reception to remember Susan at 3 p.m. Jan. 11, 2020, at the Assembly of God Church.