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Elda C. Hutton1

b. 29 August 1916, d. 4 October 2010

Family Charles Hall Sharpless
Children  1. Charles Michael Sharpless
  2. Jack Hall Sharpless
  3. Julie Dean Sharpless

Note*   Elda is the daughter of Walter Hutton and Mabel Groth.1,2 
Birth* 29 August 1916  Dixon, Lee Co., IL1,2 
Married Name 1939  Sharpless1,2 
Marriage* 1939  Principal=Charles Hall Sharpless1,2 
Death* 4 October 2010  Whigham, Grady Co., GA2 
News/Obit* 6 October 2010  Elda Sharpless, 1916-2010

Elda Sharpless Elda Cecil Sharpless, 94, of Cairo, GA, and formerly of LaPorte, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, in Whigham, GA.

She was born Aug. 29, 1916, in Dixon, IL, to Walter and Mabel (Groth) Hutton.

Elda was an accomplished actress who was tapped for a role on Broadway, but upon the arrival of her first child decided to raise a family near her Midwest roots. She was creative director for a Chicago ad agency for many years, taught fashion design at Northwestern University, and worked for 15 years until the age of 89 as a fundraiser at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago. She was a member of the LaPorte Little Theatre Club and directed and acted in many productions there and in Illinois. She wrote commercials for radio, did voiceovers, and wrote many poems; a poem she wrote two years ago was published in a British journal. She was a member of the LaPorte Writers Guild and the Ruth Andrew Coffeen Poetry Club in LaPorte. After leaving the Chicago area she kept a place in her heart for the Fourth Presbyterian Church, while attending The Presbyterian Church of LaPorte.

Elda was unfailingly supportive of her children; her delight in each grandchild and great-grandchild was a joy; and she was great friends with her daughters-in-law. She was a beloved, supportive friend to actors and writers, including Danne Taylor, Sue Cargill, and Liz and Bill Deryl-Davis.

During her two years in Cairo her personality drew many new friends. Always quick to point out the beauty of nature, she enjoyed Georgia’s beautiful weather and abundant flowers, and loved going to plays and many other outings with her son and daughter-in-law.

Not all stars shine on Broadway; some fall among us like meteors, leaving a bright path and unforgettable image.

In 1939 she married Charles Sharpless. She was preceded in death by her husband and by a son, Michael Sharpless.

Surviving are a son, Jack (Brenda) Sharpless of Cairo, GA; a daughter, Julie (David) Kessler of LaPorte; five grandchildren, Matthew Sharpless, Brittany (Sharpless) Smith, Ryan Sharpless, Justin Kessler, and Mara Kessler; six great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Ellee Sharpless, Anna and Liam Smith, Olivia Kessler and Mayla Ware; and many cousins.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Clark Funeral Home in Cairo. A memorial service will be held there, and also in LaPorte at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at The Presbyterian Church of LaPorte, 307 Kingsbury Ave. Friends may visit at the church from 2 p.m. until the service; a meal will be served afterwards at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601, or The LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St., La Porte, IN 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP.

Published on What's New La Porte, (IN) Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Published in The La Porte County Herald-Argus, (IN) - October 7, 20102,1 

Last Edited 21 Feb 2013


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