Suzanne E. Hutchison, 84: Talented knitter, volunteer, avid Duke fan
YARMOUTH — Suzanne E. Hutchison, 84, died Sept. 18, at McLean Health Center in Simsbury, Conn.
Daughter of Earle E. and Eleanor B. Edwards, she was born in Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 5, 1929, and grew up in Windsor. After boarding for five years at the MacDuffie School for Girls in Springfield, Mass., she went on to graduate from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass.
She married James E. Hutchison Jr. in 1952, and after a few years out of state they settled in West Hartford, Conn., where she was a devoted wife and stay-at-home mom. As a family they enjoyed beach vacations annually, first on Chebeague Island, and then for many years in East Orleans, Mass. After a long illness and premature death of her husband in 1969, Hutchison raised her two girls while returning to work, first at TR Preston Real Estate and then at Duncaster.
She retired to Yarmouth in 1994 to be near her younger daughter, her grandson and the seashore. There she made wonderful friends at Scarborough Beach, L.L. Bean, where she worked part time, and in her neighborhood. Four years ago she returned to Avon, Conn., to be near her older daughter and husband. Hutchison was a life-long and extremely talented knitter and passionate fan of Duke men's basketball. She always had dogs; bulldogs and bull-mastiffs, a Labrador retriever and a miniature schnauzer. Bird watching, sunbathing and bowling were some of her other hobbies. She was also a long-time volunteer at Hartford Hospital as well as The Ronald McDonald House in Portland.
She was predeceased by her two older brothers, Donald who was killed in action in France during WWII, and Gene.
She is survived by her best canine friend, Gunnar; two daughters Anne Silk and husband Jim and Suzy Hurwitz, of Falmouth and Chebeague Island; and three grandchildren Suzy Rojas, Lee Silk and Hutch Hurwitz.
In her last year of life she received excellent care at UConn and Hartford Hospitals. The family would like to thank the staff at McLean and ComforCare. They are also very grateful to her companion Lisa, hairdresser Jeannie, dog groomer Mary and neighbor Randi, all of whom were compassionate friends in her final years. Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice . Vincent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.