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Ida Mae Sutton


Sutton, Ida Mae

Funeral services for Ida Mae Sutton, 90, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at her home.

Ida Mae was born January 26, 1924 in Great Bend, KS the daughter of Joseph Bailey and Lora Maurine (Ashpole) Woodburn.

She attended Hutchinson Junior College from 1942 – 1944 while working part-time at Boeing Aircraft, She then attended the University of Kansas from 1944 – 1948 where she received her BA. While attending KU she worked part-time at local doctor offices, she then worked at KU Med as a Lab Technician. And then from 1950 – 1956 she worked full time at local doctor offices and at a well-baby clinic.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Woman, and the First United Methodist Quilting Group. Volunteered at Meals on Wheels for 20 years, was a Sunday school teacher for nine years, a Kappa Phi Alumnus, a Lawrence JayCee Jane, a member of the Medical Assistance Organization, and a member of Astronomical Association of Lawrence.

She married Frederick Earl “Fred” Sutton, Jr. on July 1, 1950 at Danforth Chapel in Lawrence, KS. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2006.

Survivors include one daughter, Elisabeth Susan “Liz” Hamm and husband Gary; one son, Michael A. Sutton and wife, Melissa, Lawrence; and four grandchildren, T.G. Hamm, Samantha Hamm Bronoski, Spencer Hamm and Wendybeth Hamm. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Bernard Woodburn.

The family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday, February 3rd at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Lawrence Humane Society or First United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

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  • Lori Farmer says:

    Liz and Michael. I want you to know the years I grew up I loved your mother she was just like my grandmother to me, she always saw that we were taken care of. But she was especially important to my grandmother who dearly loved her. I am sure grandma and ida mae are doing a lot of chatting in heaven cause theres a lot they have to catch up on. Please know if you need anything don’t hesitate to ask. I will be thinking of you all and sending prayers you way! Love to you. Lori Farmer

  • Janice Edmondson says:

    You do not know me but I knew your mother through Christian Women’s Club many years ago. I enjoyed her so much . She was a talented, kind, sweet woman and I will miss her. God Bless always

  • Larry Woodburn & Denise Gregory says:

    Suze and Mike, please accept our condolences on your mother’s passing. Your mom was our Aunt “Ikey”, a very lovely and wonderful lady. We will always remember her. Due to deteriorating weather conditions, both at your home and at ours, please accept our regrets that we will be unable to join you in the celebration of her life on Monday and Tuesday. Peace and love.