Alice Mae Fox Suthers, 88, of Platteville, died on Monday September 23, 2013 at Southwest Health Center, Platteville.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Belmont. Rev. Monte Robinson will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Alice Mae Fox Memorial Fund. The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.
Alice was born on May 30, 1925 in East Bristol, Wisconsin, the daughter of Leo and Helen (Wedel) Fox. She was a graduate of Columbus High School in 1942. She completed a Contometer course at Milwaukee Business College and then began work for Plankington Packing Company as a contometer.
On June 21, 1944 she was united in marriage to Gordon James Suthers. They started their married life in Lodi, where Gordon taught Agriculture. The next year they moved to Madison, so Gordon could complete his Master’s degree, while Alice worked as a seamstress and also at the Emporium on the square.
In 1946 Alice and Gordon purchased 20 acres east of Platteville on Hwy 151 to start Suthers Moundview Nursery. They were in business there for over 60 years. During that time Alice raised four boys and a girl. She was involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with home and school, alter society, and a representative for the Deanery. Alice was a member of Wisconsin Nurseryman’s Association, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and a charter member of Quota Club. In 1981 she obtained her real-estate broker license. She took an interest in antiques, which she bought and sold over the years.
Alice enjoyed good music, a night of dancing, and lemon meringue pie. She was an accomplished seamstress; designing much of her own wardrobe. In 1987 she discovered the joy of china painting, which she had produced many beautiful pieces.
She was a loving mother who encouraged all her five children to graduate from college. She is survived by her sisters, Angeline Fox Darrow of Jefferson, WI; and Gertrude Fox of Mission Vergo, CA; children, G. Gregory Suthers of Potosi; Mark Suthers of Platteville; Rolf (Jennifer) Suthers of Salem, OR; Simone (Greg) Mausser of Cambridge, WI; daughter-in-law, Rita Suthers of Platteville; six grandchildren, Jenny Suthers Sanders, John Suthers, Jamie Suthers, Reed Suthers, Yance Mausser, and Grace Mausser; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon; son, Calvin Suthers; grandson, Travis Suthers, sister, Doris, Agnes, and Dorothy Fox; and brother, Francis Fox.