JoAnne Henson “Gammie” Sutton, 85, of Cullowhee went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.

A native and lifelong resident of Cullowhee, she was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Vivian Ashe Henson.

JoAnne was an educator, who taught in the Jackson County School System for 37 1/2 years. She was always delighted to see her former students, many of whom were involved with her rehabilitation and care later on, and she never forgot a student’s name. She was an avid vegetable and flower gardener and was always willing to share her bounty. Joanne was her happiest when she was outside in her garden or taking care and cooking for her family. She had a great love for her family and friends and her loyal dog, Kita.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Agnes M. Caudle of Albuquerque, N.M.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Krissie Red of Hendersonville, N.C., and Jill Cook (Ricky) of Cullowhee; three grandchildren, LeeAnne, Coleman and Casey Cook all of Cullowhee; great-grandson, Lane Mathis of Cullowhee; three nephews and numerous other cherished relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Cullowhee Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeffrey and Tonya Vickery officiating.

The family will be receiving friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Appalachian Funeral Services.

Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Floral tributes are welcome, but in lieu of flowers the family wishes donations to be made to the Cullowhee Baptist Church Cemetery or Building Fund, P.O. Box 37, Cullowhee, NC 28723.