Lucile Suttle

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Lucile Cram Whitecotton Suttle, 93, of San Antonio died on Dec. 29, 2013, in San Antonio. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 E. Basse Road, in San Antonio. She was born on Dec. 29, 1920, in San Bernadino, Calif. to Nellie Carter Cram and Fred Cram. When her parents were married, they united two of the oldest pioneer families in California, according to the family. Suttle graduated from San Bernadino Valley College. She studied voice for 10 years and sang as a soloist in many places in southern California and later in Texas. After college, she worked as a dental technician and then was a member of the Women’s Ambulance Corps during World War II, serving at Norton Air Base. It was there that she met Jay Whitecotton Jr. from Uvalde, who had just returned from combat in Europe. They were married in June, 1945. As soon as the war ended, they moved to Batesville, to live on the family cattle ranch. They had two sons, Frederick Jay and Franklin Thomas. Her husband, and father of her children was killed in an airplane crash in 1953. In both Batesville and Uvalde, Suttle sang as a soloist in churches and various musical groups. She served as counselor for Senior Youth in the Uvalde Methodist Church. In 1956, Lucile married Darwin W. Suttle of Uvalde. After he became a United States District Judge, they moved to El Paso. While there, she continued singing as a soloist in the Western Hills Methodist Church Choir. She became a member of the P.E.O. organization and the El Paso Bar Auxiliary. In 1971, they moved to San Antonio, where they joined the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. Suttle continued her membership in P.E.O., belonged to the San Antonio Bar Auxiliary, and sang with the Joy Singers in her church. She and her husband traveled widely, and Suttle often gave audio visual programs of her trips. According to the family, Suttle wanted to be remembered as someone who loved to sing and help other people. Along with her first husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; and second husband. She is survived by two sons, Frederick Jay Whitecotton and Franklin Thomas Whitecotton, both of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Lisa Wilkiewicz, Kathryn Wilson, Travis Whitecotton and Jay Whitecotton; five great-grandchildren, Nicolas Wilson, Jason Wilson, Alexia Whitecotton, Aidan Wilkiewicz and Morgan Wilkiewicz; one sister, Marilyn Cram Donahue; one stepson, Stephen Suttle; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
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