Anna Sutherland passed away last Wednesday. She wrote the terrific article “Conservatives Must Increase Economic Security Not Undermine It,” as a guest contributor for Millennial. Her work was smart, thoughtful, fair, fact-driven, precise, and rooted in a thoroughly Catholic worldview. We invited her multiple times to become an official writer for Millennial, viewing her as a brilliant pro-family voice and someone who could—perhaps more effectively than anyone else in our generation—articulate an authentically Catholic, far more communitarian alternative to the popular strands of contemporary American conservatism. We are heartbroken by the news. She leaves behind a husband and three young children. All who knew her well attest to her character, loving nature, and deep faith.
Please join us in praying for her and all of her loved ones.
Her obituary is below, and you can find more information about her funeral mass and services here.
Anna Marie (Williams) Sutherland suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at home on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 of a cardiac condition. She was born to David and Marie (Miller) Williams on May 9, 1989. She married her college sweetheart, Edward Sutherland in 2013. She is sorely missed by her husband and three daughters Marie Ann (4 years old), Rose Colomba (2 years old), and Grace Faustina (4 months); parents David and Marie, siblings Sr. Maria Regina, SV (Karen), Doug, Clare, and Molly; parents-in-law Joseph and Geralynn (Rhein) Sutherland; siblings-in-law Justin and Anne-Marie (Sutherland) Ducote, Peter, Audrey, Thomas, George, Patrick, Michael, and Elizabeth Sutherland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Anna ran varsity cross-country and was captain of her track team during high school. She attended Hillsdale College and graduated in the top 10 of her class in 2011 with a degree in English.
Anna was a gifted writer and editor. Following college she worked on the editorial board for USA TODAY as a Collegiate Network Fellow for one year before working as a Junior Fellow with First Things journal for one year. Following her marriage to Edward Sutherland in 2013 she worked for the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), continued copyediting for First Things, and started freelance editing for many scholars around the world. However, more than anything else Anna loved being a mother. She gave herself completely to her daughters.
Anna possessed a strong intellect and character. She enjoyed discussing and debating religion, art, poetry, history, literature, and politics privately with friends and family, as well as publicly in the pages of First Things or head-to-head with the editorial board of USA TODAY. She was a voracious reader and instilled a love of literature in her daughters.
Anna loved her Catholic faith deeply. She attended SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, MI. She founded and headed a ministry at her parish that delivered meals to new mother and families facing a hardship.
She loved her husband, daughters, parents, siblings, and friends dearly. Her encouragement, loving heart, thoughtfulness, and generosity brightened many days for many people. She has left a hole in our lives, and is deeply missed.