Alma Pearl (Hodson) Cutts of Cottage Grove died on Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 91. She was the sixth of eight children born Sept. 2, 1921 to William Franklin Hodson and Zella Zetta Clemons near Spokane Bridge, Idaho. Alma graduated from Roseburg High School in 1939. She met her husband, Eugene Frank Cutts, on a blind date and married him Dec. 14, 1941.
Alma and Gene moved to Cottage Grove in 1946. Alma worked with Gene for 37 years, first as bookkeeper when they owned an auto repair service, and then as office manager when they owned auto dealerships. Alma also drove a South Lane School District bus for six years ending in 1987. She served as treasurer in both the Cottage Grove Jaycee-ettes and the Soroptimist Club.
Alma was always ready to help those in need. She loving cared for her children and elderly parents. At one time she provided temporary shelter for an orphan and again for a high school student. Alma was also an excellent cook. Her family especially remembers her roast beef dinners, her homemade sweet pickles, berry cobblers, and pink and green colored canned pears. Many of her grandchildren learned to cook using her wonderful recipes. She was also known for her personal long-hand detailed letters to many of her family. At Christmas she wrote notes in every one of the 75-plus cards she sent out annually. Alma prepared a detailed Family Record book and several scrapbooks of family events and achievements.
Alma and Gene enjoyed their retirement years traveling across the U.S. in their motor home and spending winters in Arizona.
Alma is preceded in death by her son Kenneth in 1970, her parents, and seven siblings. She is survived by her husband, Gene, of 71 years, daughters, Sharron (Ron) Gibson, Carolyn (Bruce) Rippy, and Colleen (Darrel) Hanson, as well as her 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Private services were held.
Arrangements under the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Eugene.