Margaret Hutchinson

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Margaret Olds Hutchinson passed away on June, 28, 2018 at Independence Village in Petoskey, Michigan.

She was born July 11, 1916, to William E. Olds and Letha McLain Olds. Margaret attended Roberts School in Pittsfield Township, Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti, and Michigan Normal College. She married John P. Hutchinson on August 5, 1940. The couple lived in Davison, Michigan and taught school there for many years before moving to Juno Beach, FL, where Margaret continued teaching. The couple spent summers in their cabin on the banks of the Pigeon River in Afton and forged loving relationships with their many nieces and nephews. Since returning to northern Michigan, Margaret lived primarily in Petoskey. She was an independent and wise woman. She had a passion for all sorts of needlework, and never stopped knitting (for family and friends, schoolchildren, churches and charities) even as her eyesight left her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a brother, Mac Olds, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by brother-in-law, Rodney Hutchinson of Chelsea, MI who diligently looked after her affairs after his brother’s passing. She is survived, as well, by numerous nephews and nieces in Michigan and across the country who loved her, including Steve Hutchinson who devoted himself to seeing to her needs and welfare over the years.

Margaret was a remarkable woman, wise and kind and positive toward everyone she met. She inspired generations of young people to be the best they could be. At her request, no service is planned. In memory of her generous spirit may we all perform an extra act of kindness each day.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

6 comments on “Margaret Hutchinson”

  1. Godspeed Aunt Margaret! My knitting needles and sewing machine are continuing your legacy!!!! Love to Uncle Rodney, and all of our Hutchinson family.
    Dianne and Ken Newman, children, grandchildren and great-grandsons

  2. Aunt Margaret, I will miss you so much. Since my early years you have kept-up an ongoing correspondence with me since we’ve never lived in the same part of the country. Through that, and the times I was fortunate to be with you, you taught me what was really important in life, especially in regards to children. I owe my love of all ages and my dedication to teaching to you. Your positive approach to all things and your continual outreach will be remembered for years to come as you have left a legacy of caring and interest in everyone you touched. They say that one person can make the difference in another’s life for ever. You are a wonderful example of that truth. Thank you so much. You are a part of me and I will cherish our friendship for ever.
    Edith Ann Jones (Olds)

    1. Heidi (Lawrence) Sisson

      Edie, I was touched by your letter of memorium. Aunt Margaret was special. My heart is heavy for the loss, please accept my sympathies.

  3. Aunt Margaret you have left a void no one can fill. You shared so much love, wisdom, wit. Your gentle spirit and steadfast determination to do for others was truly an inspiration to me.
    Our family has been blessed to have been witness to your grace & sweet spirit in all things. Even when life became difficult to bear, you gave us things to smile about – you brought joy to others! Carrying your loving spirit in our hearts, lifting all of those that are missing you in our thoughts.

  4. Aunt Margaret you leave a void no one can fill. Your loving spirit and steadfast determination have been an inspiration to me and so many others. Though you faced difficulties in your twilight years you always brought us smiles, left us feeling uplifted after visiting with you. It is your gentle grace, your wisdom & wit that shine through my memories of time shared with you. Carrying you in my heart, lifting all who are missing you in my thoughts. We are all better for having known you, Aunt Margaret. ♡

  5. Valerie (Hutchinson) Bassett

    Aunt Margaret was a wonderful and positive person. She was always smiling and a joy to be around. She was the one that said to me “Change is good, never be afraid of change.” So I always try to embrace change and look forward to the challenge. She was such a positive force in so many ways. Remembering you will always bring a smile. Vi

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