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Your Turn/Judi Sutton

Judi Sutton
Posted: Dec. 17, 2017 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a florist. I've always loved flowers and plants.

What would you rather be doing right now? Hanging out at the river with my friends and family at our cabin.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I graduated from Missouri Auctioneer School and was going to be an auctioneer but ended up with my current job, which I love, and didn't want to work weekends as I'd rather go to the auctions.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? I am so proud every day of my son and my grandchildren. They are the greatest!

It really stinks when ... people have pets and don't take care of them.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Blessed. I have awesome friends and family, a beautiful home and almost enough energy to do all of my projects.

I always laugh when ... I'm with my friends.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My dad, Clyde Tunget, Mary Hoskin and Virginia Bradshaw. They were such an inspiration to me, and I miss them so much. We'd have fresh fish and a cold beer, tell stories and have a great time.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... come home, watch the birds and relax.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... friendly.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry drinking coffee with Reba McIntire, Dottie West, Roy Acuff, Ricky Skaggs and Grandpa Jones. My girlfriend and I were in Nashville for the Heart of the Country Antique Show, and someone gave us backstage passes.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to a tropical beach somewhere.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... quit hanging out with my friends and family.

America should be more concerned about ... becoming a truly United States, everyone coming together for the good of all despite our differences.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... stoneware/crocks. I've been collecting stoneware since I was a teenager, and I have a great collection.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... MSN. I like to catch up on the news.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Always do your best. My first- through third-grade teacher Miss Williams (yes, I went to a country school with three grades in each room) had us a recite a verse "If a task has once begun never leave it till it's done. Be the labor great or small do it well or not at all."

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... rock ‘n' roll.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about all my friends, family and neighbors that have passed away and how much I miss them.

The older I get, the more I realize ... that Mom and Dad were right when they said time goes by so quickly the older you get.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have kept my Boss Mustang.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a pair of Timberline work boots I bought new at a thrift store for $3. I wear them hunting mushrooms, at auctions and probably a lot of places I shouldn't as they are really showing their age.

If I've learned anything at all ... You can't please all the people all the time, so just do what you think is best and have no regrets.


Judi Sutton, 64, works as a truancy officer for Pike and Scott counties for the Regional Office of Education. She and her husband of 46 years, Mike, have one son, Mitch; two grandsons, Tyler and Camren; two granddaughters, Kirstie and Allison; and a great-granddaughter, Braelyn. Sutton has lived in and around El Dara her entire life.



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