Alice Faye Robertson (Sutton) died August 21, 2021, after a long battle with vascular dementia. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her well.
Alice was born April 4, 1945, in Cumberland Gap, TN, to Thomas Sutton, a coal miner, and Lola Sutton (Jarvis), a homemaker, on a small, family farm. Alice and her twin brother were the last of eight children, all of whom have preceded Alice in death.
Alice leaves behind three children: Tony Sutton, Debrah Ledesma, and Frances Jones. She had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and lots of nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.
There are many ways to define success in this life. Some will define it by the size of their home or the amount of money in their account. Alice Robertson was not successful by those measurements. She rarely had much beyond what could pay her bills, she did not have a big house, and she could not afford to travel the world; but Alice was very successful by other means. She was kind, a good friend and neighbor, and a good listener who gave good advice. Success should not be measured in material possessions but having left the world a better place because you were in it and Alice did that.
Alice was quick-witted, funny, smart, resourceful, and generous of heart. She was the kind of person you could sit with in quiet conversation for hours. With a cup of coffee balanced on her knee, she would listen and recount stories that brought you a sense of peace and belonging. She felt like home, warm and inviting, familiar. She never knew a stranger and made friends easily. Because of this you would often find neighbors sitting with her on her porch, talking and enjoying each others' company. The world is a bit darker with her gone. Even as her memory faded at the progression of her disease, her kindness always shined through. She was sweet and loving until she took her last breath. In her death we are reminded of our own fragility and the impact we make on others' lives.
In lieu of a funeral, Alice's ashes will be spread in Tennessee at a place dear to her and overlooking her childhood home. Donations in Alice's name to Cure Alzheimer's Fund can be given at curealz.org.
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