Josephine was born in Adelaide, Australia to Alicia Tom Carleton and Maxwell Mills Sutton. Jo lived an adventurous life. She excelled in field hockey at St. Michael’s and spent her childhood summer’s at the Grange jumping off the jetty with her cousins. Trained as a midwife she applied her skills in exotic places including: Solomon Islands, South Africa, and the Philippines. While travelling the world with her best friend she met James Prudden in Thompson, Canada and later married. They were divorced after 25 years.
She was the proud mother of Joseph and John Prudden who ran her ragged. The family moved to the U.S. in 1977 and settled in Olympus Cove. She loved golfing with her mates and spending time at the Canyon Racket Club pool with her Mum who visited once a year. Jo annually had a month long visit with her Mum in Glenelg. We are forever grateful for her sister-cousin Sally Jones who provided friendship and care throughout her mother’s later life. Granny adored her three grandchildren, Savannah, Max, and Cecilia; they appreciated her special sweet treats.
She loved her two daughters-in-laws Lisa and Jayde as they were her own. Mum cherished her Australian heritage and her claim to fame was being related to the author of the “Song of Australia”. WAIMES, Quail Point Bridge Girls Club, and the Judge Memorial School Community kept her serving others as well as providing lasting friendships. A regular in the slow lap lane at the Holladay Lion’s Club, where she never once used goggles and her hair was never wet. After quitting smoking she kept her hands busy by knitting hats for the homeless and watching UT Jazz or AUS tennis players. In 2016, Sosie was reunited with her Australian family with a month long visit to OZ. Bill W. has been her friend for 21 years.
Our family is devastated, but taking comfort in knowing she is breathing easy now.
A Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Stark’s Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Road Home https://www.theroadhome.org/