Merrily Francis “Pat” Sutton, 90, of Anderson, MO, departed life on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at home surrounded by family.
Merrily was born November 3, 1930; to Oliver and Alda Edmisten of Anderson, MO. She was a lifelong resident of McDonald County. She graduated valedictorian of Pineville High School in 1947 at the age of 16. She was a legal secretary for Robert E. Yocum for many years and continued on to be circuit court clerk at McDonald County Courthouse until her retirement. She loved reading the bible, nature, taking long walks on the family property, her cats, and spending time with her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Merrily was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Alda Edmisten; her brother Dr. Leonard Edmisten; her grandparents: G.W. and Mattie Martin; and W.T. and Ida Edmisten; five uncles: Frank Martin, Leonard Edmisten, Wid Edmisten, Charles Edmisten, and Dee Edmisten; and three aunts: Frances Urick; Violet Maness, and Dovey Bararr.
Merrily is survived by her only child Rosemary (Sutton) Parsons of the home. She has five grandchildren: Heather N. Sutton of Rogers, AR; Cody G. and (Crissy Belknap) Parsons of Pineville, MO; (Danny J. and) Brandy E. Tillman of Anderson, MO; Anthony M. (and Chelsea) King of Tyler, TX; and (Michael Umbarger and) Trisha M. King of Lindale, TX. She has seven great-grandchildren: Donovan G. Parsons of Neosho, MO; Gabriel D. Lovatt-Sutton of Neosho, MO; Jeanette E. Parsons of Anderson, MO; N. Gage Tillman of Anderson, MO; K. Reece Tillman of Anderson, MO; Grant M. Lovatt-Sutton of Rogers, AR; and Grayson M. Parsons of Pineville, MO.
Granny will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Services are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, MO. The family will hold a private ceremony.