Patsy Sutton, the wife of former OSU basketball coach Eddie Sutton, has passed away. She was 74.
Sutton is the mother of Sean Sutton, another former OSU head men's basketball coach who succeeded his father in 2006, and Scott Sutton, current head men's basketball coach at Oral Roberts University. His brother Sean currently serves as his assistant. They have another son, Steve, who is a banker in Tulsa.
Sutton suffered a massive stroke and has been hospitalized since late December.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Tulsa.
OSU President Burns Hargis
"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."