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Anna M. Sutton

January 21, 1939 — May 2, 2024

West Chester

Anna M. Sutton, 85, of West Chester, PA, passed into the waiting arms of her Savior on May 2, 2024. 

Born January 21, 1939 to the late Delmar and Mildred (née Westhafer) McCreary in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Anna was the beloved wife of Charles D. Sutton; loving mother of Charles D. Sutton, Jr., Stacy Hutcheson (David), Stephanie Kaceli (Sali), Sabrina Snyder (James Gagliardi), and; adoring grandmother of Elyse, Katherine (David), Colby, Charlie, Elizabeth, and Joel; and dear sister of Patricia Harr and the late Keith McCreary.

A 1956 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, Anna attended Dickinson College. She began a career in data processing at the Harrisburg National Bank as a punch carder and then worked as a Senior Computer Programmer for the PA Department of Education before dedicating her life to her family. Before there were Uber drivers and Door Dash, there was Anna. 

Anna was a master crafter, with her masterpieces on display at Glen Acre’s Halloween parades, birthday party crafts, her own paintings, and the everyday fun she created at her home for her children & friends. Whether spending weekends at horse shows, volunteering at school & LAFA, or making sure the favorite snacks were on hand for the teens who came to the house, Anna cared for all . . . including the birds, deer, and squirrels of the neighborhood who are already missing their daily buffet. Yes, squirrels do knock on glass doors.

After her chicks flew the nest, Anna enjoyed traveling, especially on the back of Charlie’s motorcycle, visiting as many of her beloved Maine lighthouses as she could. Away from the coast, some additional favorite vacation trips were to Wyoming, Tennessee, Baseball Hall of Fame, and Notre Dame Stadium. She found the most joy spending time with her grandchildren. 

A fan of any of Philly’s sports teams, she could talk hockey (yes, the Islanders were off sides in 1980), baseball, football, and NASCAR with anyone. Anna was a member of the Post 537 American Legion Auxiliary and Post 106 VFW. She faithfully attended Calvary Chapel Chester Springs. Most importantly, Anna loved people and always found time to listen, no matter how busy, and found ways to show kindness to everyone. The world was a better place with Anna in it. 

Her love of sports, gardening, stocking stuffers, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Perry Mason, and Jessica Fletcher have been passed on to her children and grandchildren. Her words of advice have been stored up and shared; always reminding us that just about any tough situation “is better than a sharp stick in the eye.” Anna has been taken home on that perfect country road and we are forever grateful for her life.

A private graveside service will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. 




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