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Obituary: Martha Elyse Cromartie Hutton


I passed away March 10, 2003.

I hated to leave, but I had a magnificent life. It started in Georgia with the sweetest parents in the world, Hendrick Lafayette and Mary Emma Cromartie, who always put their children first and gave us a truly magical childhood. Our neighbor, after observing our family household for a number of years commented, "I'm sure that's what Heaven will be like." My brothers and sisters have always meant so much to me. They're dear and special human beings.

I attended Baconton (GA) High School and graduated from Huntingdon College (AL) with a Bachelor of Art Degree and a teachers certificate (which was utilized later). I majored in English and had minors in French and Art.

I married my devoted career Army officer husband, Bob (who preceded me in death), in Coral Gables, Florida, when he returned from the Korean War. We had an exciting life together, traveling and living in fascinating places at home and abroad. The two most valued treasures in my life of which I was most proud were my beautiful children, Robert Jr. and Lisa. They gave me more pleasure, comfort and joy than I could have possibly imagined. I don't know how I could have been so incredibly lucky.

Later after they were married to wonderful Diane and Kent, I had the privilege of enjoying three adorable grandchildren: Lauren, Easton and Anne. I loved taking them to the ballet, the theatre and going on trips to faraway places.

Retiring in Salt Lake City brought much happiness, spectacular scenery, wonderful friends and neighbors. Our special group goes back to the early seventies when we belonged to various organizations including the Symphony and Ballet Guilds. Our birthday celebrations were a joy, and much anticipated. Bonds were formed that grew stronger through the years. Friends from Gourmet Club went back a long way too. And what a highlight the Saturday Night Dance Club was.

A most rewarding experience was joining the docent program at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. I received my twenty-year service award in 1996. Sharing my love of art with school children and others was very rewarding.

I was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. It was a place for worshipping, learning and wonderful support. I was so grateful.

I am survived by my children: Robert B. Hutton, Jr. and his wife Diane of Wisdom, Montana; and Lisa Burningham and her husband Kent of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren: Lauren Burningham, Easton Burningham and Anne Hutton; brothers: Dr. and Mrs. Hendrick Cromartie of Rome, Georgia; Mr. and Mrs. William Cromartie of Atlanta, Georgia; and Mr. and Mrs. John Cromartie of Albany, Georgia; sister: Mrs. Robert Johnson of Mission Viejo, California; and nieces and nephews.

My sincere thanks go to Dr. Clyde Ford and his wonderful staff at IHC and to the compassionate IHC Hospice care givers.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 14, 2003, 2 p.m.,

at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may visit at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.