Edth Lorene Sitton was born November 19, 1920 near Milford, Missouri and passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Lamar, Missouri. At 21 months of age, her mother died and she was then raised by her paternal grandparents, E. E. and Schrilda Keefer Dickey. When she was 6 years old she got to enjoy the experience of riding a train. She walked 3/4 of a mile to school and loved school and all her teachers. On bad weather days, Joe Berry would come pick her up with a horse drawn surrey.Each fall they had a box or pie supper at school to raise extra money for the school. Before Memorial Day she and her grandmother would work days on making crepe flowers and gather wild flowers to put into jars at the cemetery. The 4th of July always meant homemade ice cream and Christmas meant hard candy and chocolate drops. Easter meant putting boiled eggs in beet juice to pickle them. She loved holidays. She lived on old Highway 71 before it was paved and the mail was delivered by cart and horse. Monday was always her washday growing up and remained so into her 90's. The bad thing about using coal was the walls got extremely dirty. They wallpapered often and she became a trusted wallpaper hanger to carry into her older life.Edth was in charge of feeding and milking cows, feeding chickens and gathering eggs. She also learned to plant, pick and can vegetables and fruits.In winter, Edth's grandmother made horehound candy and it was good for sore throats. The treatment for chest colds was turpentine, kerosene, and lard which would be heated and rubbed on Edth's chest. It evidently worked because no school days were missed.At age 13, she gave her life to the Lord and depended on Him the rest of her life. She and Kyle W. Sitton eloped on April 24, 1938. Their first apartment was on Gulf Street for $5.00 a month. They joined the Lamar Assembly of God Church. Two sons were born to the family, Larry and Bob.In 1939 a new house cost $3,850.00 and a car was $700.00. Gasoline was 10 cents a gallon and milk cost 49 cents a gallon.Edth started working for Big Smith in January 1948 for 45 cents an hour. In 1968 she was employed by Chastain's Nursing Home of Lamar and in 1972 she worked at Rag Bag until 1982.She was a volunteer at the American Red Cross Bloodmobile for 31 years, The Awesome Walking Club where she logged over 1,000 miles, until they disbanded. She prepared handmade quilts for needy families, missionaries and orphanages in Venezuela, helped at the Good Samaritan Shop and the Barton County Library Story Hour. She also handmade over 100 Cathy Caps through Springfield Cox Hospital for cancer patients with hair loss, was a member of Fiber Arts Guild and volunteered at the ARMS (American Rehabilitation Ministries) of Joplin. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was active in her church until she was unable to and she cared for her husband in their home during his last two years of bedfast health. She was preceded by her parents, Chauncey Lee Dickey and Elizabeth "Bessie" Jane Walker, one grandson, Larry Kyle Sitton and her sister, Claudine Dickey Crockett.She is survived by children Larry Lee and Donna Sitton, Robert Kyle and Janet Sitton, grandchildren Karen Dian Sitton of Arizona, Janell Sitton-Coats of Joplin and Kelly Danet Hahn of Arizona, great-grandchildren David Obermiller, Max Cutlip and Gracie Sitton-Coats and great-great-grandchildren Izabella and Trinity Cutlip. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday April 24, 2019 at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar, Missouri.
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