ORU athletic director Mike Carter tells Tulsa's Channel 8 sports reporter Chris Lincoln that Patsy Sutton, wife of Eddie Sutton died at 1:30pm Tuesday afternoon at age of 74 after suffering a stroke on Dec. 28.
Patsy grew up in Stillwater, where she first met future husband Eddie while both were attending Oklahoma State University. The couple had been married since 1958.
A memorial service will be held on Friday at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Tulsa.
Several people have sent their condolences.
OSU President Burns Harrgis
"We extend our deepest sympathy to Eddie, Sean, Scott and Steve at Patsy's passing today. She was a wonderful person who was deeply devoted to her family. While she played a quiet role, she nevertheless played a pivotal role in the success of her husband becoming one of the most respected and successful college basketball coaches of all times. And she was a strong and wonderful mother for her three sons. She will be deeply missed by her family and the Oklahoma State family. Our prayers are with the Sutton family at this time."
OSU Athletics Director Mike Holder
"We are saddened today by the passing of Patsy Sutton. She had a positive influence on everyone she met, and was a devoted partner to her husband, Eddie, and a beloved mother to her three sons. For us at Oklahoma State, she was an ambassador for our college basketball program and our University. She was loved by many and will be missed by many."
ORU President Dr. Mark Rutland
"The Sutton family has played a special role in the history of Oral Roberts University and is close to the hearts of our entire community. We are saddened to hear about the loss of Patsy and know she meant a great deal to Eddie, Scott, Sean and their extended family. The ORU community is praying for the Suttons during this time of need."
ORU Director of Athletics Mike Carter
"The ORU athletic family has lost a very important person today with the death of Patsy Sutton. The Suttons have been a huge part of ORU Athletics for almost 20 years. Patsy was a mentor and friend to so many people and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sutton family."