Sandra Joan (Billett) Sutton passed away in her home surrounded by her family on January 6, 2022. Sandra is survived by her younger sister, Malinda Burkey, and her three daughters, Lois Dostalik of Lancaster; Kimberley Mark of Doylestown with Kimberley's husband George; and finally, the youngest, Sally Paff of Harrisburg. She was born on June 30, 1939 and was married to Michael E. Billett; they always felt their greatest accomplishment were their three daughters, Lois, Kimberley and Sally until his untimely passing at the age of 39. Sandra remarried Ralph Sutton and they had 25 years of a loving and respectful marriage. Sandra was a self-taught and self-made woman, who against significant odds and a severe hearing handicap became a learned individual with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of issues and topics. She consistently rose to any occasion with enthusiasm and joy! Sandra's greatest loves were always her daughters and her beloved ragdoll cats (Hugo and Hannah). Sandra at an extremely young age exhibited an artistic talent and flair for interior design and gardening, which she inherited from her mother. At a very young age, Sandra began decorating window and store front displays for several well -known retail establishments. Sandra read more than 100 books on flower gardening and she knew the botanical/Latin names of all the various flowers in her garden. Her daughters often teased that their mother's flower garden was indeed a "mini-Longwood Gardens". Many of her neighbors stopped to get a closer glimpse of her magnificent display, which Sandra was delighted to share with them and answer any questions they might have. Sandra's talent for interior design and decorating was recognized by anyone that entered her home, and this talent was definitely "passed on" to her daughters. Sandra was especially proud that her home was professionally photographed and featured by the community builder/developer. Sandra also had a thirst for knowledge and read anywhere from 2-4 books per week ranging from autobiographies, non-fiction, fiction, self-help, gardening, etc. It is well known also that Sandra had a kind and compassionate spirit, peppered with impatience and a quirky sense of humor. She definitely knew what she wanted; and by Jove, she was going to get it WHEN she wanted it. Sandra loved to discreetly share her belongings with others, in the hopes of spreading kindness. Mom loved her daughters equally, and it is true that although there are similarities between the daughters, they are incredibly different. Yet when Mom needed her daughters to be there for her it was in those moments that she was proudest as her daughters always came thru in a true kind of "Sisters of the Traveling Pants" fashion. It is times such as these that we realize that life is precious, tomorrow is not guaranteed and how we come together in times of crisis can be defining moments. Sandra was, without a doubt, proud of her daughters as they loved fiercely and faced her impending passing with love, compassion, caring, and making Mother's dying wish to be at home a reality. Mom will be remembered for different things by different people. A private family gathering will be held to honor and celebrate the life of Sandra Sutton, our Mom, our now forever Angel. The family would also like to acknowledge and give thanks to the care given by Encompass Rehab of Mechanicsburg, Hospice of Central PA, One Love Home Health Care, her Primary Care Physician and also her Neighbor Dr. Stephen Prophet (who always showed Mom such care); and finally, Tracy Livick, who was a personal assistant for years and helped her in a myriad of ways; many of which improved the quality of her life making Tracy a special and treasured friend of the family. We'd also like to acknowledge all those serving in the health care industry (i.e. the doctors, nurses, aids, etc.) as they continue to struggle with being understaffed and overwhelmed by COVID cases, etc. They continue to be the heroes to all those requiring their care. The family asks that any donations be made in Sandra Sutton's name to either the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill https://www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE_Contact
OR the West Shore Humane Society of Harrisburg – West Shore https://www.countyoffice.org/humane-society-of-harrisburg-west-shore-mechanicsburg-pa-ff3/
Arrangements by the Central Pennsylvania Cremation Society. To share on-line condolences, please visit www.CentralPACremation.com
Published by Patriot-News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2022.