Susan Carolyn Elspeth Plyler

26 Feb 1948 - 13 Nov 2020

Susan Carolyn Elspeth Plyler

26 Feb 1948 - 13 Nov 2020

PLYLER Susan (Sue), (nee Morton)

Peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at Thornleigh Park Rest Home on Friday 13 November 2020.

Loved mother and mother in law of Craig and Donna, and Scott and Zahirah. Loved Granny of Emerson. Messages to the Plyler family may be left on Sue’s tribute page at

A funeral service will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 172 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Wednesday 18 November at 2pm, followed by a private cremation. Sue had two requests; wear bright clothes and summer footwear and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Taranaki Women’s Refuge which may be made at the service.


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Dear Craig (and Scott),
Oh Craig Sheryl and I are so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a true friend, a real gem and we are devastated.
We were there in Taranaki in 1973/74when she and Dave wed. We were at the wedding and had loads of fun with them. Then when we returned in 1987, the very first afternoon she arrived with bikes in hand. Andy and Tyler were terrified of moving to a new country but she knew just what a couple of lads needed to feel at home. You and Scott were just the ticket!

Sue invited us to everything and was ALWAYS fun and oh my could she ever cook. What a wonderful friend we had.
Then she came to New Orleans with us for Mardi Gras and it was such a hoot. We will never forget how much fun that was and then we made a couple of more trips to New Zealand and she ALWAYS made us feel right at home.
We have lost a wonderful friend but we are so lucky to have known her...and her family.
please accept our love and thanks for sharing her life with us.

Thanks so much for letting us know Craig and please pass our love along to Scott.

Bryon and Sheryl

Bryon and Sheryl Van Fleet ( 19 Nov 2020 )

Sue - such a mighty and staunch union voice! The PPTA will miss your fire, your passion, your fierce determination to fight for what's right and what's fair. Rest well, comrade.

Michael Cabral-Tarry ( 18 Nov 2020 )

⁣⁣⁣⁣To dearest Sue
To Sue who wore many hats and had many friends; to Sue who could socialise and cheer anyone from the most materialistic to the most spiritual, from introverts to extroverts,from the humble everyday person to the great leaders, an embracer and sensitive to people of all cultures; to Sue who had many facets of humour and gentleness - who went under the job description of a barmaid when declaration of being a teacher of mathematics was too servere for some; to Sue who knew the stone circles intimately and cycles of life and star influences, a traveler in all ways who loved her journeys and thus fully loved life; to Sue who is one of the world's greatest communicators, one who went often beyond time and space; to Sue who embraced so many whole heartedly and loved and always spoke proudly of all her dear family (Scott Craig and Malcolm all shared with us)
So dynamic and special
Never lost to us and always a part of us and to all of us a very subtle teacher of life, being one's self, of joy in doing what is right , or following the call of the heart, shepherdess.
Thank you, dear Sue.
Thank you for being light love and joy
Thank you

Zan ( 18 Nov 2020 )

On behalf of Keith's family, I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all at this very sad time. Sue was truly "one of a kind", a caring daughter and big sister and also, I am sure, a wonderful mum and enduring memory of her will be her cheerful disposition...and that amazing laugh! She will leave such a gap in your lives, but I know that she will also have left you with many happy memories that you will be able to cherish in the years to come.
You will all be very much in our thoughts on Wednesday....
Moyra, Laura & Bryn

Moyra Morton ( 18 Nov 2020 )

Oh, Sue... our Christmas Party Gal. You brought laughter and cheer, care and companionship to so many of us. Thank you for always being there and keeping in touch since the 1970's
Ruth and Colin Huwes

Ruth &Colin Huwes ( 17 Nov 2020 )

Love and thoughts to Sue's family of whom she was extremely proud of. Sue was an amazing woman who was selfless in her thought and care of her colleagues. At times to her own detriment. Sue will be long remembered and well missed for this alongside her cheerful personality and wonderful laugh.

Dianne Fenner ( 17 Nov 2020 )

Just a short personal note as I won’t be speaking tomorrow:
Sister Sue was very busy with spirituality and was quite down to earth regarding her coming “transition”. She was sometimes sad - as is natural.The analogy might be the individual drop of consciousness returning to the sea of Divine love. We can ponder this matter but feeling it or understanding it is usually beyond our capacity while on earth. When our father died in 2000 I had an enormous sense of gratitude for all the things he had given us - this feeling returns now for Susan’s life, fully lived with all the ups & downs which are part of this.

Malcolm Morton ( 17 Nov 2020 )

A tribute on behalf of the UK family and the Canadian branch who are off-sync due to
time zones etc : Step-mum Angela, brother Malcolm, cousins Tony & Gill and Audrey
Morton and the Canadian brach of Demelza, Junie & Co :
Susan will be much missed by us all. Her bright personality & humour were always
to be relied upon and she was very good at keeping in touch with the family.
She is much loved by her very many friends, colleagues and family, (though
many of us are geographically far away). Malcolm

Malcolm Morton ( 17 Nov 2020 )

Sue always stood up for what was right, regardless of the price to her. It is good that she really enjoyed her time after leaving school and Auckland, by going to join her family, cruising, and going on an amazing trip to Legoland, for Emerson especially. She even had 2020 christmas early - all done her way. She was a true and kind Union person, and will be missed.

Elisabeth Batt ( 16 Nov 2020 )

We are so very sad to hear of Sue's death. She has been a colourful presence in our lives for almost 50 years.Our families have shared numerous life events over that time - with.many stories and laughs, and a few tears too.
Her cheerfulness, vigorous humor and practical support is remembered with gratitude and we will miss her.
Deepest sympathy to Craig, Donna and Emmerson and Scott and Zahirah.
Helen, Ruth, Paul and Claire..

Ruth Gosden ( 15 Nov 2020 )

Sue, I remember our many trips to PPTA hui in Wellington and Rotorua. You and me travelling around Auckland looking for the new car. The lunches with friends in Botany and Māngere Bridge. Sue, you were the bright spark in our lives, your infectious laugh and warm smile will be forever remembered.
Manuia lou malaga.

Trevor & Selani ( 15 Nov 2020 )

Sue the fashionista of bright colours,
Enjoyed wearing her complement of shoes,
Whenever and wherever she could, and
A data detective practitioner
With authentic repute, greatly admired.
You will be missed.

Bronwyn Dee ( 15 Nov 2020 )

To Sue's Family
Please accept our sincere sympathy and may it be a comfort to know our thoughts are with you at this time.I have everlasting memories of teaching with Sue at Opunake High School,of visiting art galleries,going to pychic fairs,having our cards read sitting in her lounge surronded by candles and rolling with laughter.She was totally honest with advice,colourful in character and a very special person.I loved you dear

Margaret and Ian Scott ( 14 Nov 2020 )

Sue we will miss your laughter and sparkling personality, you lit up so many peoples lives, including ours. We feel blessed to be able to call you a friend. Rest in peace.
All our love from Charles and Elaine

Elaine and Charles Gill ( 14 Nov 2020 )

What a mad cap lady with an indomitable spirit and a fabulous sense of footwear!! I will miss your booming laugh, your love of food and your intensely positive attitude. Kia kaha friend

Rebecca Roberts ( 14 Nov 2020 )