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Sandy Stutesman, age 67, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away March 28, 2013, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas after a long twelve year battle with lung cancer. Sandy was born to Fred Bartley Cole and Cecil Faye Cutbirth on August 13, 1945, in Protem, Missouri. Sandy attended school at various locations, and ended up her high school years at Hermitage, Missouri.
She married John William Stutesman on June 29, 1964, at Quincy, Missouri, at the home of Irvin Allen. To this union God gave them three children: Jerrome Dale Stutesman of Taberville, Missouri; Larry J.C. Stutesman and Terry Lynn Stutesman Austin both of El Dorado Springs, Missouri. John and Sandy started their married life in Kansas City, Missouri. They then moved to Blue Springs, Missouri. In the early 70's they moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri, 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 start 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 Smithís Family Restaurant in Collins, Missouri. She retired from Smithís due to her and her husbandís illness. Sandy faithfully stood by her husbandís 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 and one niece, and various family and friends.
Sandy is survived by her husband John; three children, Jerry Stutesman, Larry Stutesman and wife Stacie, Terry Austin and husband David; twelve 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.
The family received friends Tuesday evening April 2, 2013, from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, 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.