Lois Jean Hutchins, 89, of Whitewater, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Fairhaven Retirement Community.
Lois was born in Fort Atkinson, WI, on July 17, 1928, to Harvey and Ruth (Thurston) Robish. She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School and maintained close friendships with her classmates, the “Girls of ’46,” throughout her life. She worked for the electric company until her marriage to Henry “Harry” Hutchins (deceased) on Feb. 17, 1951. She lived in Fort Atkinson until she moved to Fairhaven in 2010.
Lois was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson, serving and volunteering in numerous capacities throughout her life, including finance committees, United Methodist Women, crafting ministry, Sunday School, scouting, food ministries, and more. She was a life-long student of the Bible, attending Bible studies in classes and small groups.
As a member of Martha Chapter – Order of Eastern Star, Lois served as secretary-treasurer for 25 years. Lois was also a lifetime member serving the VFW Auxiliary.
Lois loved working with her hands from sewing and knitting for her family, needlecrafts, miniatures; to baking for family and fundraising; and gardening. Lois and Harry enjoyed camping in Northern Wisconsin with their “campfire friends” as well as traveling to visit their two children in Colorado and California. She enjoyed all the activities at her Fairhaven home and card games with residents and friends who visited.
She is survived by: children, Holly (William) Hutchins-Watt of San Diego, CA, Bruce (Michelle) Hutchins of Winter Park, CO; grandchildren, Faye Hutchins (Gary) Hilley and great-grandson Liam Hilley of Moab, UT, Randi Hutchins of Seattle, WA, Patrick (Zuzana) Hutchins, USAF, Germany, Wyatt (Courtney) Watt and Torrey Watt of San Diego, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Donna Hutchins.
A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 24, at 2:00 PM, with visitation prior to the service at the church from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The family thanks their many local friends and the residents and staff at Fairhaven for their loving support and care.
Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.
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