Gertrude L. Sutton
1923 ~ 2013
Gertrude Lorna Galbraith Sutton, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Midvale Tuesday, October 15.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, at the Midvale Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery, Midvale.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.
Gertrude was born March 16, 1923, the eighth of nine children of William and May Galbraith, at their home outside of Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
A member of the Spokane Tribe, she was raised in Wellpinit and graduated from Wellpinit High School in 1939 at the age of 16.
For three years, she attended the University of Idaho, where she met Wayne Sutton of Midvale. They were married on January 31, 1942, at Moscow, Idaho. While he was in the U.S. Army during World War II, they lived in Wyoming, Virginia and Pennsylvania, before moving to Midvale.
She was devoted to her husband and children and enjoyed family and friends, gardening, reading and oil painting. She faithfully attended the Midvale Baptist Church. She was an avid sports fan, particularly enjoying her children's and grandchildren's activities and Idaho Vandal football.
Mrs. Sutton supported her husband in his farming and ranching activities, frequently serving huge meals to haying crews and on cattle drives.
She accompanied him to Boise when he served in the Idaho Legislature, beginning in 1982. When he died in March 1991 during his fifth term, she was appointed to complete his term as the representative from District 10, Washington and Payette counties. She was later elected to two terms herself, retiring in 1996. She was especially pleased to represent agricultural interests.
Earlier this year, she enjoyed her 90th birthday celebration with family and friends.
Survivors include her six children, John (Reta) Sutton, Midvale; Anne (Jerry) Keely, Pocatello; Howard (Kerri) Sutton, Midvale; Lorna Sutton, Fircrest, Wash.; Barbara (Mark) Wimer, New Meadows; and Tom (Dixie) Sutton, Midvale; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sutton was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her four brothers and four sisters.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wayne Sutton Memorial Scholarship, University of Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter Drive, Mailstop 3417, Moscow, ID 83844; Midvale EMTs, Midvale, ID 83645; and Midvale Baptist Church, Midvale, ID 83645. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 18, 2013