Patricia C. Sutton was born Oct. 1, 1938, to Elsie (Carlson) and Charles “Gurd” Cummings in Tioga, Penn. She graduated from Williamson High School in 1956 and recieved a degree in teaching art and English from Pennsylvania State University in 1961.
Pat married her high school sweetheart, Lee R. Sutton, Sr., June 3, 1960. They had four children, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She had a career teaching and then stayed home raising children and in creative pursuits including crocheting, sketching, needlepoint and poetry. Pat was active in her church and community events. She struggled for years with debilitating arthritis and was a 30-year cancer survivor. She lived her life with a quiet strength based on her faith in God and family values.
Lee and Pat moved to Custer, S.D., in 1978 and lived there until Lee died. She moved to Rapid City, S.D., in 2018 and was there until her death.
Pat died July 3, 2019, at good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was 80.
Services were at Divine Shepherd in Black Hawk, S.D., July 8.