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Velvafae Eleonor Sutton 1914-1924


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 2/29/2012 at 19:14:16

Mourns Death of Their Ten Year Old Daugher
The ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sutton of Montgomery, Iowa, passed away at the home of her parents last Saturday morning. Her death was caused by diabetes. Mrs. Sutton is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson of this city, and is well known to Estherville people. Mr. Sutton is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Sutton, formerly of this city. Funeral service were held Tuesday at the Sutton home in Montgomery. Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Sutton and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson and Henry Anderson, all of this city, motored over to Montgomery to be present at the funeral. (Estherville Democrat, Esherville, IA, October 29, 1924)

VelvaFae Sutton Called to Her Reward
Passed Away at Home of Her Parents of Montgomery on Saturday Afternoon
(From Spirit Lake Beacon)
Although not unexpected the community was no less saddened to hear that Velvafae Sutton had gone to her reward shortly after noon on Saturday, October 25th.

She had been a brave and patient sufferer for nearly one and one half years. Everything known to learned and experienced minds was done to relieve her and to restore her health but when all failed God took her to live with him where she is free from pain and suffering.

Velvafae took a great interest in her Sunday School work. She was enrolled on the Cradle Roll and continued to attend regularly as long as her health would permit.

By her cheerful and unselfish disposition she made friends everywhere. To know her was to love her. Her main joy was to make others happy, especially was she thoughtful of her father and mother. She will be sorely missed by her playmates, her Sunday School class, friends and relatives, but most of all in the home.

Velvafae Eleanor Sutton was born March 15th, 1914 and died October 25, 1924 at her home near Montgomery, Iowa, where she had spent her entire life.

She leaves her father and mother, and many relatives and friends. A brother preceded her in infancy.

A few days before she died she wrote these lines for her mother:

Two little hands to work for God,
Two little feet to run errands for God,
Two little ears to hear about God,
Two little eyes to read and look for God,
One little tongue to teach others of God.

Funeral services were held at the Montgomery church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Four schools in Montgomery and vicinity closing for the services. Dr. C.L. Fillebrown, pastor, officiating, taking for his text Matt. 19:14, “Suffer little children and forbid them not to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Mrs. Garfield Lindquist, her former music teacher, sang several beautiful selections among which was a favorite of Velvafae’s “Jewels.” Interment was in Lakeview cemetery [per cemetery records, East Side, Estherville, IA]. Six little girls, Ruby Cunningham, Bernice Keck, Katherine Watkins, Alfreda Brown, Orpal Whaley, and Josephine Alberts acted as flower girls. Genevieve Whaley, Pearl Cunningham, Ada Snively, Alva Peterson, AnnaVodraska, Marie Martinson acted as pall bearers.

Those out of town in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson, grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Sutton and son, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Anderson and daughter, Henry Anderson, besides a large number of other relatives and friends from Estherville, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Swanson of Whittemore, Iowa, Mrs. J.W. Deck of Winnebago, Minn., Mr. and Mr. P.T. Holland, Mr. and Mrs. G. Jensen and Lewis Ledahl of Lake Preston, S.D., Mr. and Mrs. George Deck of Truman, Minn., Ralph Deck, of Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Earl Armstrong of Lakefield, Minn.

These few lines were written by a friend:
“Dear ones, grieve not, this little one is safe with God above. Sorrow and suffering for her are o’er. She rests in Jesus love, she’s with the angels over there. Safe on the other side and gladly will she welcome you when comes the eventide. She was a golden sunbeam, you’ll miss her from the home but think of her in that fair land, where some day you will roam and when he hour of sunset comes and you have crossed the tide, how gladly will she greet you, then across death’s river tide.” ( Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, November 5, 1924)


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