Eddie Sutton always said his wife Patsy was his "#1 assistant coach."
For the Sutton family, there'll now be an empty place on the bench.
Patsy Sutton died midday Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa from complications following a stroke on December 28th, 2012.
Patsy is the mother of ORU head coach Scott Sutton as well as Golden Eagles assistant Sean Sutton.
Eddie and Patsy met when both were students at Oklahoma State University and were married after their graduation in 1958.
The Sutton’s oldest son Steve released the following statement Tuesday afternoon.
“The Sutton family would like to thank everyone for the prayers and thoughts that have surrounded and been given to us the last days we have been at Saint Francis Hospital. We have lost a wonderful and cherished wife, mother, mother-in-law, friend and ‘our honey. Thank you again for the outpouring of support you have given our family.”
Many others have shared their thoughts on the passing of Patsy.
Read those below as well.
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."
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Tulsa.