Jessie E. Sudduth, 89, who was active in church work and who was named "D.C. Mother of the Year" in 1958, died of cancer Jan. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Sudduth, who was born in Newcastle, Pa., grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., where she attended the Knoxville Business College. She moved to Washington in 1909. From about 1945 until last year, she ran a catering business from her home in Washington.

She was a graduate of the Washington Bible College and a member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, which she joined in 1915. At the church, she was superintendent of the Beginners Department, a teacher in the Adult Bible Class and superintendent of the Vacation Bible School.

She also was a member of the Evening Auxiliary of the Central Union Mission, where she taught classes and cooked dinners. She spoke on the radio on religious topics.

During World War II, she was a volunteer with the USO.

Her husband, Charles Granville Sudduth, whom she married in 1910, died in 1945.

Survivors include one son, Charles Granville Jr., of Charlottesville; six daughters, Helen McAinsh of Washington, Jeannette Steinbraker and Mary Jane Eisel of Kensington, Betty McVearry of Bethesda, and June Manuel and Doris Williamson of Rockville; a sister, Mildred McInturff of Chevy Chase; 37 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to World Vision, 919 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia, Calif., 91016, or to the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.