Louise Tutt was a judge, traveler who loved to give

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 10:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — When a friend gave her money he had earned in corn futures, Louise Tutt didn't keep it for herself. In fact, she did just the opposite.  

Her friend, Loretta Glance, had recently gone through a divorce. She had a 16-year-old son who was eager to begin driving, and she was short on finances. Ms. Tutt gave the money to Glance so she could buy her son his first car. 

Glance bought a yellow Volkswagen Beetle for her son, and they bought a license plate that read, "CornBug," since it was paid for with money earned in corn futures. 

"That's the kind of person she was," Glance said. "She would see a need and just give the money away. She was probably one of the most giving people you would ever meet." 

Louise Thompson Tutt died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, of breast cancer at her residence near Buffalo. She was 75.

It was not her first experience with cancer. Years earlier she had watched her older sister, Natalie, suffer from the same disease. Not long after that, she saw her brother's wife also die of cancer. 

When Ms. Tutt was diagnosed with breast cancerin January, she used those experiences to decide to live the rest of her life without suffering through treatments or chemotherapy. She decided to simply live with the cancer. Suffering through such a disease without treatment is typically a painful experience for patients, but she was never in any pain, her friend Lisa Wright said. 

"She never complained," Wright, said. "She was very gracious. She was very grateful that she didn't have any pain." 

Ms. Tutt was born Nov. 10, 1937, in Centerville, Iowa, to Lawrence E. and Alice (Thompson) Tutt. 

She went to Hickman High School where she was the student body treasurer and was involved in the French and Latin clubs, National Honor Society and many other activities. 

"She was very busy and active in a lot of various things," her twin brother, George Tutt, said. "She was very popular." 

She also found her love for music at Hickman High School when she learned to play violin and piano.

"She was a fine musician," her brother said. "She enjoyed music, and she was good at it."

After graduating from Hickman High School, Ms. Tutt attended the University of Arizona and Radcliffe College where she earned bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees. 

She worked in law and retired from the Missouri Department of Labor as a legal adviser and associate administrative law judge in 2005. 

Throughout her life, Ms. Tutt loved classical music. When her friends asked her if she listened to The Beatles when she was younger, she would say no and that she didn't know any of their songs.

Ms. Tutt loved to travel and would often pack up her Volkswagen Beetle and go on adventures to different places.

"If it didn't fit in the Volkswagen, it was gone," Glance said. 

If there was one word that her friends would use to describe Ms. Tutt, it would be "giving." 

"She saw people in need, and if there was anything she could give, she would give," Wright said. "Even if that meant she went without. If you admired something she had on her back, she would probably give it to you." 

When she was in the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Tutt would not take many pain medications. Her friends said it was sometimes hard to get her to simply take a Tylenol. The doctors and nurses thought she was in more pain than she actually was and that she was simply being stoic, but Ms. Tutt would always calmly say she was feeling just fine. 

"There's an old saying, you kind of reap what you sow," Glance said. "She gave to hurting people and tried to help them, and when her time came, she was given mercy and grace and spared a lot of pain and suffering that many people experience." 

Ms. Tutt is survived by her twin brother, George Tutt; a niece; a nephew; and several cousins.

Her sister, Natalie, died earlier. 

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo. No visitation is planned. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Hand of Help Orphanage in Romania at Hand of Help, P.O. Box 496719 Garland, TX 75049.

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