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Edna Mae Sutton

May 26, 1935 ~ October 23, 2021 (age 86)


Sutton, Edna Mae   (Nee Wratchford)

May 26, 1935-October 23, 2021

     It is with profound sorrow and deep love that we announce the passing of Edna Mae Sutton, of Brooklyn Park, Maryland, on October 23, 2021.

   Edna Mae was born on May 26, 1935 in Moorefield, West Virginia.  She was the 2nd of 10 children. Moorefield was not able to keep Edna long, she moved to Maryland when she was 16, later met and married her husband, Martin Sutton, and had 3 children, Kathleen, Sharon, and Martin Jr.  

     She was a lifelong lover of all things and people of West Virginia because she was the quintessential wild and wonderful West Virginian woman. She wasn’t scared of anything, had an ornery streak, regularly carried firearms to the grocery store, frightened her grandkids with stories of witches in the West Virginia woods, almost bit a nurse, was an aspiring fashionista, and had more cowboy boots than a rodeo show. She was a grandmother, a mother, a wife, confidante, best friend, shopping companion, a singular support system for her family, and a wild, wild woman. She spent her whole life taking care of others-whether it was her siblings, her children,  grandchildren, or great grandchildren. She loved her family with wild abandon, knowing no limits. 

     On October 23, 2021, she got to spend the last hours of her life with family. We got to look lovingly into her beautiful green eyes and talk with her. She will be missed so much. As someone wise once said, she is not gone; she is in all of us. And we hope that’s the part of us that shines the brightest.

     She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Effie Lee Wratchford, her brother and sister, Bennie Wratchford and Alice Riggleman, and most unfortunately, her first born child, Kathleen Ann Baker. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Martin Sutton, her children, Sharon Edwards, David Edwards and Martin Sutton Jr., her grandchildren, Scott Baker, Chris Baker, Kimberly Halterman, Megan Jordan, and Sarah Chidester, and her great grandchildren, Trina and Macy Baker, Matthew, Lucas, and Mia Kathleen Baker, Alex and Riley Halterman, Lucia and Quinn Jordan, and Harper Mae and Mabel Sutton Chidester. She is also survived by a clan of siblings, Lily Cassell, Martha Heavener, Gladys Alt, Raymond Wratchford Jr., Damie Carr, Tommy Wratchford, and Frank Wratchford, and probably hundreds of cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces. 

      Family requests relatives and friends visit the family owned Gonce Funeral Service P.A., 4001 Ritchie Highway, Tuesday 6 to 8 PM. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday at 12 Noon, followed by interment in Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Please feel free to express your condolences on her tribute wall.

"Do not stand by my grave
and weep.  I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am a diamond glint on snow.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning
hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry.
I am not there.....I did not die"




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October 26, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gonce Funeral Service
4001 Ritchie Hwy
Brooklyn, MD 21225

Funeral Service
October 27, 2021

12:00 PM
Gonce Funeral Service
4001 Ritchie Hwy
Brooklyn, MD 21225

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