NORTH YARMOUTH- Susan Lee Lumbra Saker passed away at home, where she had resided for the last 26 years, on March 31, 2023. Susan was 63.
Born on May 22, 1959 to Janet Stebbins Lumbra and Reuben Walter Lumbra, Susan graduated from Penquis Valley High School and went on to pursue a nursing degree at the University of Maine in Orono where she met her husband, Mohammad Ahmed Saker.
After graduating, Susan lovingly served as a nurse at Maine Medical Center for nearly 38 years. Her passion was caring for her patients, seeking to provide them the best care possible. As her coworkers witnessed everyday, Susan was gifted with a scrupulous attention to detail and an ability to identify and address medical concerns that others often did not catch. unafraid of the consequences, Susan advocated for her patients' well-being at every turn. For Susan, being a nurse was not just about the health of her patients, but about genuinely taking the time to know them and their families as people. Going well beyond what was required of her, Susan would often stay an hour or more after her shift to ensure her patients were transferred to the next nurse, calling on her days off to check up on them and see how they were doing.
Susan's hobbies included quilting blankets for family and friends, flower gardening, decorating, playing the piano, taking walks in Maine's beautiful parks and beaches, visiting Monhegan Island, and cuddling on the couch with her beloved cats. She was always thinking of others first. Whenever she heard of a friend expecting a child or a loved one passing away, Susan would immediately get started on a homemade gift specially curated for them - flannel baby blanket, ac seasonal quilt, a plate of homemade baked goods, a handwritten letter - something personalized to brighten their mood and put a smile on their face in both the good an bad times.
Susan had a love for life and an infectious laugh that filled the whole room. On an average day, Susan's off-handed jokes would make those around her fall on the floor in laughter. Susan was spontaneous and loved traveling. Rather than spending hours in line at Disneyland, she instead emphasized to her children and others the importance of seeing the world and embracing new cultures and experiences. Throughout her life, Susan visited Syria (several times), Egypt, Britain, France (twice), Italy (twice), Canada, Spain, Germany, China, and Turkey.
She is preceded in death by her parents Reuben Walter Lumbra and Janet Sebbins Lumbra. She leaves behind her husband, Mohammad Ahmed Saker, and twins, Ameerah Yasmeen Saker and Zachariah Ahmed Saker. She is also survived by her aunt, Gerry Rublee and siblings, Carrie Lumbra, Lynn Ricker, Jaye Reid, Helen Bucci, Ruth Welch, Steven Lumbra and Reuben (Benny) Lumbra.
Her funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yarmouth, Maine on Friday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. The burial will be the following day, Saturday April 15th at the Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth at 1pm.
To donate in Susan's memory, please visit the website of the Midcoast Humane Society in Brunswick.
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