Deloris Suddarth

Obituary of Deloris Kay Suddarth

Deloris Kay "Dee" Suddarth, 78, formerly of Laura Dee Drive, Peru, passed away, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh. She was born in Wabash, IN, July 11, 1941, the daughter of Harvey and Rhea (Hileman) Suddarth. Delores was raised by Gram Susie Suddarth; Ralph "Bud" and Yvonne "Vonney" Gauger, and their children, Jim, Jerry, and Karen. Left to cherish Deloris is her brother, Myrl (Cathy) Suddarth of Marion, IN; sister, Julie (Phil) Good of Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Beverly Suddarth of Kokomo, IN; and Jean Cochran of Kokomo, IN who she considered her other sister. Dee obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Central Michigan University, Summa Cum Laude, and was the first in the family to graduate college. She continued on to receive her Master's degree from The University of Arizona. Deloris's first job was in California before she moved to the Adirondacks to teach Physical Education at Peru Central School District until her retirement. During summers Dee enjoyed working at camps in Michigan. During her career at Peru Central, Deloris coached Basketball and Track and Field. One of her highlights was coaching with Mike Beauvais in Track and Field. Between the two of them they created quite a dynasty in Peru Track and Field. Throughout her career as a physical education teacher she was known for her ability to get children to love to play. After retirement she published a book, "Let the Children Play", June 2012 that highlighted games that she taught and her children enjoyed. Ms. Suddarth as several of her students called her, knew her as a very passionate person who was willing to help any child that may have needed some extra attention or finances. Her other favorite sports to play personally were tennis, golf, and swimming. Dee also loved the outdoors and hiking with her dogs. She prided herself that she took them on long walks every day just to be with nature and her pals. After retirement Dee learned to play the piano which was a lifelong ambition she had always hoped to do. On the personal side of her life she considered Florence and Merton Phillips and Bill and Linda LaCount families to be her "second" families. She spent several holidays with both families throughout the years past. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings, services will be private. Burial will be held in God's Acre Cemetery in Peru. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Deloris Kay "Dee" Suddarth may be made to: Elmore SPCA, PO Box 686, Peru, NY, 12972. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.

Final Resting Place

God's Acre Cemetery
Maiden Lane
Peru, New York, United States
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