Mary Ola


, DUNLAP Mary Ola Hixson Sutherland, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, in a Chattanooga hospital.Mary Ola was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Milton Sutherland; sons, Jimmy and Jerald Sutherland; grandson, Garen Spangler; parents, Foster and Nola Graham Hixson; sisters, Margaret Kelly and Inez Hixson; brothers, J.A., Louis, Earl and Howard Hixson; and niece, Carol Kelly Terry.Survivors include her daughter, Janis Sutherland Spangler, Dunlap; nieces, Jean (David) Wattenbarger, Naples, Idaho, and Sue Cates, Whitwell; along with great-nieces, Cathy Cates, Whitwell, Karen (Fred) Bryson, Charleston, Tenn.; great-nephews, Mike (Samantha) Cates and Billy (Jena) Thomas, Whitwell, and Jay Wattenbarger, Fairbanks, Alaska; great-great-nieces, Kayla (Mickey) Perry and Jenna Bryson, Charleston; great-great-nephews, Ben Thomas, Whitwell, and Lance Bryson, Charleston; She is also survived by several cousins and other special nieces and nephews.Mary Ola was born to Foster and Nola Graham Hixson in Dunlap at a house that was built by her Daddys own hands. They were farmers, that would explain the green thumb. She loved to work in her flowers and she loved birds, especially blue birds and humming birds.She worked at Markums Store in Dunlap, Atlas Paper in Chattanooga, Spartan Industries, and was retired from Sequatchie Farmers Co-op for 25 years.Mary Ola was the third generation to belong to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church where she was a member for over 50 years. She was married to Milton for 55 years and she loved taking care of her grandson.Growing up during the depression was hard because she had to walk, ride a mule, and a row boat just to get to school. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in the Ewton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Tom Tucker officiating.Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.The family will receive friends from noon-8 p.m. CDT TOday at the funeral home.Arrangements by Ewton Funeral Home, 6936 Highway 28, Dunlap, TN (423-949-2112).

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