Sandy Stutesman, 67, of El Dorado Springs, passed away March 28, 2013, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, after a long 12 year battle with lung cancer.
Sandy was born to Fred Bartley Cole and Cecil Faye Cutbirth on Aug. 13, 1945, in Protem, MO. Sandy attended school at various locations, and ended up her high school years at Hermitage.
She married John William Stutesman on June 29, 1964, at Quincy in the home of Irvin Allen. To this union God gave three children – Jerrome Dale Stutesman – Taberville, Larry J.C. Stutesman and Terry Lynn Stutesman Austin – both of El Dorado Springs.
John and Sandy started their married life in Kansas City. They then moved to Blue Springs. In the early 70’s they moved to El Dorado Springs to be near the Stutesman family. Struggling together they had a dream to make a wonderful home for their children. John and Sandy purchased a farm on Sac River and they went on starting the family business Stutesman Heating and Air. Sandy worked at various cattle auction companies and was known far and wide for excellent cooking.
Her last job was with Smith’s Family Restaurant in Collins. She retired from Smith’s due to her and her husband’s illness. Sandy faithfully stood by her husband’s side for years and took great care of him even through her illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Cecil Cole; her father-in-law, Sonny Stutesman; three nephews; one niece; and various family and friends.
Sandy is survived by her husband, John; three children – Jerry Stutesman, Larry Stutesman and wife – Stacie and Terry Austin and husband – David; 12 grandchildren; three sisters; two brothers and their spouses; one sister-in-law and her spouse; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.
Services began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs, with Bro. Everett Smith and Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Burial followed in Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Codey Gabriel, Dayton Austin, Justin Shouse, Gary Wooten, Dennis Floyd and Dennis Hallford. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Stutesman, Larry Stutesman, Hunter Austin, David Austin, Tyler Stutesman, Wyatt Dixon, Shane Watkins, Bob Smith, Doug Mays, Perry Lackey and John Rienken.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.