Euldine Ann King, 99, of Sheridan and formerly of Las Vegas, passed away on Friday morning, March 1, 2019 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton.

Born Nov. 12, 1919 in Muskegon, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Guy O. and Helen M. (Cline) Gipson.

If there was one thing in this world that Ann loved more than anything else, it was a good story. And a good story, whether she realized it at the time, was exactly what she was living. The story starts in the small midwestern town of Sheridan, Ind. where she attended Sheridan High School and later set to raising a family. Some years later she decided to pack up all her worldly possessions and hit the open road westward for the sunny coast of California. Fueled by a desire to see what was out there, the promise of a new start at life was too overpowering to ignore. The adventure was well under way and going smoothly until everything came to a screeching halt, literally.

Her car broke down in the middle of the desert. Fortunately, although it didn’t seem that way at the time, she was just outside of Las Vegas. Stranded with no car and not much money, she looked for work around Las Vegas. She worked at a few different jobs here and there, trying to save up enough to finish her trip, however, one of her former employers landed her a job as a hostess at the famous Desert Inn Hotel and Casino.

At that time, no other hotel or casino even came close to the Desert Inn. Everybody who was anybody walked through the door. All the biggest acts to play Vegas had at least one stint at the Desert Inn; not to mention that during her time there, billionaire recluse Howard Hughes resided on the top two floors of the property. Not in a million years could she have imagined all the people she would meet in her 50-plus year career in Las Vegas.

At the age of 80 she decided to give up the Vegas lifestyle and slow things down just a bit. Wanting to be closer to family, she moved back to Indianapolis in 2005. She loved telling her stories and always seemed to have a new one to share, especially when she went to Monica’s to get her hair done and catch up on all the happenings around town. She was also no stranger around Walmart or Perkins Pancake House. A trip to one of her three favorite places would usually garner her a welcome not unlike Norm from Cheers.  She also had a love for flowers and red birds.

Her memberships included the Sheridan First Christian Church and the Sheridan Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Ardith Sutton of Sheridan; eight grandchildren, Jim (Ronda) Smith of Boxley, Larry W. Sutton II of Sheridan, Lance W. Sutton of Sheridan, Ronnica Jo (Kevin) Radband of Snellville, Ga., Michael K. Sutton of Arizona, Larry Lee Beard of Sheridan, Jon Ford (Beth) Bess of Galveston, Texas and Sean Bentley (Karen) Sutton of Carmel; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.  She also loved spending time with her canine grandchild, her son Larry’s dog, Mr. Tibbs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Larry Wayne Sutton and Timothy Kent Sutton; and by her granddaughter-in-law, Julie Sutton.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St., inSheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until the time of service. The Rev. V.J. Stover will be officiating. She will be laid to rest at Boxley Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Alzheimer’s Association.