Elizabeth Ann Ward Sutton, 74, wife of Dr. Robert M. Sutton, died May 12, 1998, of pneumonia.
She was born July 10, 1923, in Logan, Utah, the oldest daughter of George A. and LaVon Mason Ward. She grew up in Ogden, graduating from Ogden High School in 1941. She went on to graduate from the U of U, with a degree in Elementary Education in 1945. While at the U, she was a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, serving in several leadership positions. She participated in many campus organizations including Spurs, Beta Delta Mu, and was recognized for her friendship and fun loving personality, by being selected as a member of the U Days Royalty and "Spur of the Moment." Following graduation, she went to the Chicago School of Music to study piano. Upon her return to Salt Lake, she worked as a reporter for the Women's Society Section of the Salt Lake Tribune, then was advanced to Food Editor of the Salt Lake Telegram. She married Dr. Robert M. Sutton on August 30, 1949.She is survived by her husband; and their five children: Suzann (Michael) Nowels, and George E. (Heather) Sutton, Salt Lake; W. Ward (Marie) Sutton, Walnut Creek, CA; R. Randall (Pam) Sutton, Indianapolis, IN; and Robyn LaVon Sutton, New Orleans, LA. Ann is also survived by seven grandsons: Mason and Kyle Nowels; Parker, Nicholas, Spencer, Tyler, and Joshua Sutton; and two sisters, Judith West, Richardson, TX; and Jean (Don) Bradshaw, Salt Lake.
After her children were grown, Ann taught the three and four year olds with the Community Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS) for 18 years. She brought adventure, wonder, manners, and enrichment to many children who remember her "sock walks," artichokes, ice cream wastebaskets, and "Willy Water Bottle" to this day. Upon her retirement from teaching, she managed her husband's dental practice. Her warm personality made dental visits for his patients a social event. Ann was active in the community as a member of the Junior League, where she served as Chairman of the Radio and Television Committee, that presented live weekly educational TV programs for children and teenagers. She was also a member of the Salt Lake Dental Auxiliary, Salt Lake Jaycees, and currently, the Classics Club. Ann enjoyed volunteering at the Brigham Young home in Pioneer State Park. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as Jr. Sunday School Coordinator for many years. For most of her adult life, she was "the story lady" to the children of Monument Park Stake.
Funeral service will be held Monday, May 18, 1998 at 12 noon at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 E. Crestview Drive. Friends may call at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 So. on Sunday, May 17 from 6-8 p.m. and at the church, one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Willard, Utah.
Those wishing to remember Ann, may make contributions in her memory to the Community Cooperative Nursery School of the Unitarian Church, 569 So. 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102.
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