Alice Frances Sutton, of Mexico, died unexpectedly at University Hospital on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the age of 94.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 1, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Terry Kukuk officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pickering Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
She was born on April 23, 1919, in Bennington, Kansas, to Ralph and Vinta Crow. In 1937, she graduated from Salina High School in Kansas. Alice began her first teaching position that fall, received a 3-year State Life Teaching Certificate in 1941 and graduated from Emporia State Teacher's College in 1949 with a B.S. in Education. During her teaching career, she had two of the Eisenhower family members in her classroom.
She and her husband, Dr. Frank Sutton, moved to Mexico in 1955. They became members of the First Presbyterian Church where Alice was active as a Sunday School teacher, a Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of Presbyterian Women, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee and a women's circle group. In the community, Alice participated in the Meals on Wheels program, was a past-president of the Mexico Women's Club, and was a member of various bridge clubs. She was a member and past-president of P.E.O., as well as a past-president of the Women's Auxiliary of Missouri Veterinarians and a volunteer at the Audrain County Hospital.
On August 26, 2011, Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Frederick Sutton. She was also preceded by her brother, John Crow of Bennington, Kansas.
She is survived by her sister, Mildred Russell, of Independence, Kansas; her sister-in-law, Jean Crow, of Bennington, Kansas; her daughter, Sara Mileski (Mike) of Bozeman, Montana; her sons, Fred (Karen) of Boardman, Ohio, Dave Sutton of Columbia, Missouri, and Tim Sutton, also of Columbia. Her daughter-in-law, Lori Sutton, resides in Vandalia. Her grandchildren include Sam Sutton of Vandalia, Molly Sutton of Columbia, Katie Sutton of Boardman, Ohio, Ellen Sutton of Sonoma, California, and Jill Sutton of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Memorial donations can be made to either the P.E.O. Sisterhood - ELF Project (which financially helps women education scholars) or the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico, Missouri. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.
Expressions of sympathy may be given at pickeringfh.com