Nita K. Sunderland


Nita K. Sunderland, 92, died July 17, 2020, at Generations at Riverview in East Peoria.
Nita was born November 9, 1927, in Newton, to parents Sarah (Taylor) Sunderland and Glenn H. Sunderland. She grew up in Newton, and continued her education in Norton, Mass, where she graduated from House in the Pines Junior College in 1947. She studied art at Duke University before transferring to Bradley University, where she received her BFA in 1952.
Nita taught art at the University of Michoacán, Mexico, from 1953 to 1954. She received her Masters degree in ceramics from Bradley University in 1955 and joined the Bradley faculty a year later. She was an American sculptor.
Nita is survived by Beth Linn, her nephews John Sunderland (Libby Hillis) of Mazama, Washington, and Bill Sunderland (Krista) of Champaign, as well as great-nieces Gloria Sunderland and Sara Sunderland of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Glenn W. Sunderland.
A memorial service for Nita will be announced at a future date. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Newton.
Local arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Bradley University Department of Art, to the Center for Prevention of Abuse, and Susan G. Komen.