Martha Mae Sutton, age 91, of Blue Rapids, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Community Memorial Health Care in Marysville.
Martha Mae Ricard-Sutton, was born February 2, 1929, at the farm home in rural Barnes. She was the daughter of Joseph Noah Ricard and Phoebe Gano.
She was married to Floyd David Sutton on April 21, 1948, at Marysville. They had three children, Melvin Leon, Leonard Wayne and Jane Bernice.
She attended the Ballard Falls country school for eight years, but continued her education as an adult, receiving her high school diploma through the GED system. She received several college hours of education by taking night classes in book keeping, ceramics and art.
Martha was a member of the Blue Rapids United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Blue Rapids Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the Blue Rapids Friends of the Library where she served as a Library Board Member for eight years, including being chairperson and a substitute librarian. In 1991 she became librarian serving until 1998, when illness forced her to retire. She became a Bloodmobile Volunteer in the early 1970’s, but mostly she was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking for large gatherings of family and friends. She was a self-taught culinary artist, decorating wedding cakes for many years.
Other accomplishments include designing the Blue Rapids Centennial plates, coins and seal, genealogist, amateur artist, Pony Express Cookbook winner several times (using many of her original recipes) and with the aid of her granddaughter, Angela Sutton, wrote and published a book “The Green Connection”.She loved to travel, seeing most of the United States, cruising to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Martha has voiced many times that she has adopted Mexico as her second State having made many trips to visit the Mayan Ruins and her extended family, the Ruiz-Torres, of Monterrey, Mexico. She was affectionately known as “Mom” or “Grannie” by family and friends alike, as she has expressed many times “there is always room for one more at our table.”
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd and her son Melvin, and 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
Martha is survived by one sister, her children, son, Leonard Wayne Sutton and wife Romelia of Blue Rapids, daughter Jayne Bernice Hearn and husband Robert, Jr. of Livingston Texas, nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation is planned with a private inurnment to be held at a later date.