Mary Louisa Hutcherson

Funeral services for Mary Louisa Hutcherson, 90, Lawrence, will be 11 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will take place from 10 to service time. Burial will be at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, MO, at 2:30 pm.

Mary died with family at her side March 15, 2019, at Bridge Haven at Alvamar.

She was born May 23, 1928, near Tyrone, OK, the daughter of Noah P. and Annie E. Carson Newman. At the age of two, Mary and her family moved to Scott City, Kansas, and after a year moved to Baldwin City, Kansas, where they were members of High Prairie Methodist Church. She attended a one-room country school at Hopewell, northwest of Baldwin City, for eight years, and then entered Baldwin High School, graduating in 1945 as class valedictorian. Later Mary earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Baker University.

Mary married Glen Hutcherson, Jr. on August 1, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple moved to Mission, Kansas in 1958, then to Overland Park in 1978. They were members of Old Mission United Methodist Church of Fairway, Kansas.

She worked for Hallmark Cards at their headquarters for twenty nine years, retiring in 1986 as the Sales Stat Department Manager. Mary was the family genealogist, and organized many reunions for her family and extended family. She also enjoyed volunteering for local organizations, including Project Finish and the Johnson County Public Library.

Survivors include nieces and nephews Mary Elizabeth LaCrone, Billy Gene Ulrich, Shirley Sue Robertson, Rosalee Ulrich, Donald Newman, John Newman, Danny Newman, Duane Newman, Robert Newman, Bruce Newman, Janet Barrick, Brian Norwood, Gregg Norwood, Dane Hutcherson, John Hutcherson, Larry Hutcherson; and great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Vera Ulrich, Lee Newman, John Newman, George Newman, Bill Newman, Doris Norwood and infant twin brothers and twin sisters.

Mary will be remembered for her kind and gentle personality, the attention she gave to her friends and extended family, and her organizational skills.

The family would like to thank Bridge Haven for their years of loving care for Mary and Avalon Hospice for their additional care during her last months.

Memorial contributions may be made to Old Mission United Methodist Church or Baker University, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Peggy white...

Mary was a delightful person, so caring and loving and willing to give up whatever she had for someone else. I met Mary at Bridge Haven Alvamar when my Mother-in-law, Eleanor White was there and then my Mother, Helen Johnston. She was easy to love and always had a smile and a welcome for everyone she saw! I cannot remember her dear niece’s name who came to see her often! May God bring comfort and healing to the whole family!

From Marilyn Sue Leigh...

I will always remember Aunt Mary by the loving letters we exchanged. They were full of love and compassion. She would send out birthday cards that made were so full of love. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. You will be missed by many.

From Donald Earl Newman...

My thoughts often reflect on memories of time spent with Aunt Mary in my youth. I have yet to meet a more kind, soft spoken, and caring individual. She will be with me always.

From Lisa Flanders...

We knew Mary, because our mom Jane was also at Bridge Haven at Alvamar. Mary’s smile will be missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family during this time of loss and sorrow.

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