Mildred Sutter Osborn

15 years ago

Osborn, Mildred Sutter, 91, Presque Isle; in Union, ME, November 28, 2008. Arrangements in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.


    PRESQUE ISLE – Mildred Sutter Osborn, age 91, died in Union, ME on November 28, 2008, from complications related to lung cancer. She was born February 20, 1917, in Presque Isle, ME, one of nine children of Edith Elvena Sutter and Leon Edgar Sutter. Image
    Having grown up on a potato farm during the depression, she often remarked that she had one dress per year for summer and another for winter, but always enough to eat.  She trained as a teacher at the Presque Isle Normal School and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono.
    In 1943 Mildred married Everett Lee Osborn of Dodge Center, Minnesota, whom she met during World War II at a USO function on the Presque Isle Air Force Base.  They lived in various locations during the war but returned in 1945 to Presque Isle, where she lived until August 2008.  
    While teaching English at Presque Isle High School for 32 years, she formed many lasting friendships with students.  Her teaching ranged from the American masters to the modern detective story and science fiction.  Mildred was an active member of the Maine Education Association – Retired for many years.  
    An enthusiastic golfer, Mildred was a charter member of the St. John Valley Senior Ladies Golfing Association and served for several years as treasurer of the Ladies Division of the Presque Isle Country Club.  She enjoyed attending and hosting the weekly bridge games which provided enjoyment and support for the entire group.  Mildred was a life-long member of the First Congregational Church in Presque Isle.  She was a long time member of the Eastern Star, for which she served in several honorary positions.  
    Mildred was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Everett; and siblings, Madeline, Amber, Philip, Roger, James, Jean, Dorothy and an infant brother. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Terri Osborn of Needham, MA; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Raymond DeGrass of Rockport, ME; grandchildren Paige Osborn, Benjamin DeGrass and his wife Carron, Eric DeGrass and Katherine DeGrass; plus five nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 2, at 11  a.m. at the Presque Isle Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Contributions may be made to the church at, 29 Church St., Presque Isle, ME 04769 or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at Six no trump.