Suzanne Boyer Hyatt, a former Anne Arundel Community College student who sold women’s clothing at a shop on Main Street in Annapolis, died of stromal sarcoma and other medical complications Monday at her Olde Severna Park home. She was 35.
Born in Frederick and raised in Walkersville, she was the daughter of James C. Hyatt, a Consumer Products Safety Commission engineer, and Jennifer E. Lucke, a facilities manager. She was the granddaughter of Anne Arundel County District Judge Robert N. Lucke Sr., who died in 2008.
She was a 2000 graduate of Walkersville High School, where she played soccer and basketball. She attended Frederick Community College, and after moving to Severna Park in 2000, she took courses at Anne Arundel Community College.
“She was a beautiful woman, inside and out,” said her father. “”As a child, she enjoyed playing school and had a classroom of imaginary students she named. She had a pet rabbit and dressed it in her doll clothes, then put it in a wagon and visited with the neighbors.”
Family members said Ms. Hyatt developed cancer, Crohn’s disease and other serious medical conditions while she was a college student.
“She wanted nothing more than to graduate,” said her mother, with whom she lived in Olde Severna Park. “She wanted to be an independent person and have a productive career. She was never ashamed of her health issues.”
“She had a positive presence and a positive impact on the people she interacted with,” said Eric Arbach, a staff member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
While in her 20s, she worked at California Pizza Kitchen In Annapolis, Squisitos, Kohl’s and the Park Tavern in Severna Park. “She was resilient and as she had to leave a job because of illness, she would jump back and find another job,” her mother said.
About four years ago, she became a sales associate, and later sales leader, at White House Black Market on Main Street in Annapolis.
“She was amazing,” said Josey Lambert, the shop’s manager. “She made every customer smile who came through the door. She developed relationships with those customers who came back and asked for her. She was a credit to Main Street.”
Her mother said Ms. Hyatt took pleasure in spending time with family and friends, writing in her journal, painting, and planning events and celebrations. She liked to make custom notecards and enjoyed music and dancing.
Her mother said her daughter rarely forgot a friend’s birthday or a holiday.
“She was a frequent flyer at Hallmark,” said her mother. “She would have her Christmas cards written, addressed, and stamped weeks before Dec. 25. She never forgot a thank-you note for a gift.”
Her mother said she had many friends, who visited her frequently throughout her medical ordeals,.
“She loved fashion and she possessed a flair for makeup and hair,” said her mother. “She always looked like a million dollars whenever she went out, even in her wig, which was named ‘Shana,’ after chemo robbed her of her own long, beautiful hair.”
Ms. Hyatt, who had numerous medical appointments at Johns Hopkins Hospital, grew concerned when homeless persons approached her car and asked for money, family members said.
“She made kits of shampoo and other toiletries and bought socks and winter hats, which she packed in bags and handed out along Martin Luther King Boulevard,” said her mother.
“Christmas was her favorite holiday,” her mother said. “ She began shopping in January, had all her gifts wrapped before summer.”
Ms. Hyatt owned a pair of bichon frises — named Bear and Betty White — which she walked throughout Olde Severna Park.
“She never allowed herself to dwell on self-pity, envy, or regret,” her mother said. “She focused on the future with inspirational determination and optimism. She celebrated and shared others’ achievements and happiness.”
A memorial fund has been established in Ms. Hyatt’s name at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Catonsville. .
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Grounds Youth Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park,
In addition her father, a resident of Severna Park, and mother, survivors include a brother, Cleveland B. Hyatt of Severna Park; a sister, Emily Suzanne Hyatt of Annapolis; a niece, Anna Grace Hyatt; and a nephew, William Clifford Hyatt, both of Severna Park.