Edith Sautter, 107, was honest, had a positive attitude and strong faith.
“She never complained about anything,” her son James Sautter said. “She was sweet. She smiled all the time. She was a sweetheart.”
Sautter, of Lowell, who had been the oldest living Crown Point High School alumni, graduated in 1924. James Sautter said that up until three months ago his mother lived independently in her Lowell home with some help from family, home services and members of the Lowell Church of Christ to which she belonged.
“The members of Lowell Church of Christ have been angels for her,” James Sautter said.
Sautter was a member of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
James Sautter said his mother has always had a great work ethic, keeping a spotless home and cooking big meals.
“She was a great cook,” James Sautter said.
Sautter was married to her high school sweetheart, Emery for 76 years, raising two sons, Robert and James. She had four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The couple met while living on the same block. When Sautter was 17, they secretly took a train to Coldwater Michigan where they were married. Returning to their separate homes, their secret was discovered when Edith Sautter’s sister found the marriage license under her bed, James Sautter said.
Raised on a Creston farm, which had cows, chickens, pigs and a Shetland pony, Sautter’s day consisted of chores, school and more chores, She walked to school but during inclement weather, her father took her in a horse-drawn buggy. At 18, Sautter learned to drive on a Model T Ford.
As a teenager, Sautter worked at George Meyers Ice Cream Parlor and as a cashier with National Tea.
James Sautter said his mother’s favorite saying was “Keep it simple.”