Elizabeth H. Sulteen
By Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966
Elizabeth H. Sulteen (September 3, 1916 - December 26, 1996), a Mississippi native, was a teacher at Minden High School and the former Lowe Junior High School from the middle 1950s until 1963. At Lowe, she instructed eighth grade Louisiana history, along with her colleague, Miss Sadie Reynolds (1903-1997).
Her husband, Lennie Willie Sulteen, a World War I veteran, also known as Lanny Sulteen (May 26, 1900 - January 13, 1963), was a blacksmith. After his death, Mrs. Sulteen and their two children, relocated to East Point, in Fulton County, Georgia, near Atlanta. There she taught for nineteen years at North Clayton High School in College Park in Clayton County, Georgia.
Linda Sulteen Wanzer (born 1952), a former employee of Delta Airlines from HIram, Georgia, attended the first five grades at E.S. Richardson Elementary School in Minden. She recalls that her mother "loved each and every student she was around and called everyone of them her 'baby'. She spoke of her students until she breathed her last breath. I was lucky to have had a mother like her. She was a wonderful Christian lady who loved the Lord, her family, her students, and the teachers with whom she worked. She continued to correspond with her friends from Minden until her death."
The Sulteens are interred at Gardens of Memory in Minden. A dozen of Mrs. Sulteen's friends attended her graveside service there.
The Sulteens also had a son, Ramon Murry Sulteen (1953-2009) of Hampton, Georgia, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. a Baptist deacon, and the husband of the former Anita Nation. He is interred at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Inc., in Riverdale in Clayton County, Georgia.