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Hutchinson, Virginia R

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August 14, 1923 - March 21, 2017

Hutchinson, Virginia R

Virginia Rose Hutchinson 14 Aug 1923 to 21 Mar 2017

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Born in Long Lane, Missouri, she raised her siblings Betty, Melvin, Pauline (Pinky) and David when her mom died in childbirth at her age of 12. She had to leave school to care for her siblings. She was given an honorary graduation certificate this year to recognize her accomplishments in life.

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She met her husband Jess Willard Hutchinson and married before leaving for military service. He served in the Army Air Corps on the island of Saipan in the Pacific Theater.

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After the war, he left the service and returned to Long Lane, Mo, where he started a family with Virginia. In the tough economic times post war, he did anything to put food on the table and was never out of work. He sold animal feeds on a route for Purina Chow in Iowa. They also worked and lived on farms as sharecroppers while holding down jobs in auto repair, waitressing and construction. They moved to follow work opportunities around the Midwest having moved 15 times in 18 years. In the 1960’s and through the 1990’s she worked with Avon Cosmetics and had an Amway distributorship. She made many friends there and enjoyed working with people.

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On one of the farms we lived on, she had a tractor accident where the tractor ran over her and crushed her leg in 14 places. She waited an a hour or so for her sons to return from swimming in a nearby creek. She drug herself over a fence to lay in the roadside ditch, hoping a passing car would find her.  We arrived on the scene to find the tractor plow hung up on the edge of the ditch with the rear wheels spinning in air but , no sight of Virgina . We heard her moaning in the ditch by the road. She tasked me to run a mile or more to the nearest nabor for help. I arrived at the door of the 3 ruffian boys we often had conflict on the school bus. I was afraid to knock on the door.  But they were compassionate when they saw my duress and called their mom to help.

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While waiting on the ambulance, one nabor brought a strawberry soda for her. She drank some and passed the rest to us boys with the admonition to share and not to fight over who got the most. You can probably figure how that went once the ambulance left. She spent two months in traction in the hospital followed by months of rehab provided by her mother in law there on the farm.

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 They finally settled in Macomb, Il where they established a “homestead” to stay in one place for the kids to have a permanent place to call home.

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She spent 10 years there as a waitress in an exclusive supper club called “The Frontier” while her children finished out school in Macomb Illinois.

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They were active in the VFW where he became a “Life Member” and he served in many local, State and National posts.

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The children graduated and left home.  The two oldest sons, Willard Lee and Harold, left to join the Air Force. Her youngest son Lyle pursued activities in construction and motorbike racing.

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Her husband moved south to Texas to escape the harsh winter weather that restricted his ability to make a living. He was a “short sleeve and sunshine” type of person who could work outdoors year around. Virginia moved Fredricktown, Mo to be the caregiver to her aunts on the farm there. He came home during lulls in construction to help on the farm. She became an expert at canning every conceivable fruit, berries and vegetables plus making jams and jellies. She used us 3 boys to prepare the harvest for canning up to 600 quarts per person to store in the cellar. I remember hours of sitting with a bushel of vegetables to clean for canning. Just as my basket emptied, she managed to find yet another bushel to clean.

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After the aunts passed on, she sold the farm and moved to Texas to work with her husband. They purchase a shell of a home under construction Magnolia in West Wood subdivision off of FM1488 and built it out themselves.

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She worked with her husband in their wood fence building business and their lawn care business. She established her religious home in the Woodlands Place Baptist church where she taught senior woman’s bible study, and focused on helping pre-school children with reading skills. Her passion was for getting children active in Awanas. She sang in the choir until her health made it difficult to climb the stairs to the choir loft. Her husband Willard also helped maintain the grounds and buildings until he passed away in 1997.  They presented a brass plaque to post on the grounds in honor of his contribution of time, expertise and energy.

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She sold her home and moved to senior apartment living in The Woodlands and then moved to Kingwood Senior Living apartments where she joined Faith Family Baptist Church. She served on the Banner Committee and continued working with children’s ministry until her health declined and she retired to Regent Care nursing home. There, she became known for her sewing, seamstress and crochet work. She made many pillows from donated materials for the enjoyment of her fellow residents free of charge. She often ministered and prayed for her nurses and therapists. Many of them thought of her as the perfect patient and joyously waited on her hand and foot. Many of them came by her room just to fellowship with her and work on puzzles or play Skipbo. Some brought bird seed for her bird feeders. She always kept chocolate candy to “bribe” her nurses.

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She enjoyed growing flowers and watching the bird feeders we       placed outside her window. She was especially fond of hummingbirds and kept a bird feeder just for them.

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She continued to go to church when health allowed and also attended bible studies at Regent Care. In her final months, her granddaughter Laura ( a hospice nurse) moved her to their home in Atascocita. In the last few days of life, we remained by her bedside around the clock. We had all the family come by for a final visit as her ability to speak and recognize us declined. On the final morning, still with strong vital signs, her nurse came to attend to her. Laura and I went down to the kitchen to prepare breakfast. Before we could get the skillet hot for frying eggs, the nurse came down to announce she had passed. She passed away quietly in just a few minutes when everyone left her room.

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Her life was dedicated to helping others in any way she could.  She selflessly always tried to help others before her own needs. Her mantra included in every prayer at family gatherings was” Let everything we do, think and speak reflect glory upon God”. It was her way of saying “no squabbling at the dinner table” (or in any other situation, to adopt an attitude of peace and tranquility that honors the Lord in all areas of your life.

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She enjoyed working puzzles, reading Western novels by Louis Lamour and Zane Grey. She tossed out any book or magazine that contained filthy language and loose moral writings. She loved the card game “Skipbo” and taught everyone she met to love it also. The Bible was her favorite book to read and kept it on her bed beside her always.

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For her final wishes, she requested no large ceremonies or flowers and to celebrate her passing to the LORD. Hence, this simple service is to let everyone know that she and we are all happy and at total peace with her transition.

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Visitation: A visitation was held on 2017-03-26 at Darst Funeral Home.


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