McCONNELSVILLE - Bernice Louine W. Hutchins, 92, of McConnelsville, passed away Tuesday (April 9, 2013) at Highland Oaks Health Center, McConnelsville.
Born on Good Friday, March 25, 1921, in Manchester Township, Morgan County, she was the first born of the late Clarence B. and Concella Blanche (Smith) Willey. She was a 1939 graduate of Manchester Rural High School, and thereafter worked and lived at Hill's Store in Reinersville. She married USN submariner Joseph R. Hutchins of Reinersville on July 12, 1945 in Malta, while he was on six-week home leave from the Pacific war theater. They moved about the USA while Joseph pursued his Navy career, and traveled together to Europe, Israel, and South America while Joseph was with the U.S. State Department 1964-1976. They were assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, 1965-1969, which provided them a wealth of fond experiences and memories. Their love for travel continued in retirement with several bus tours of the USA and Canada.
Louine was a devoted wife and mother and skilled in the homemaker arts of cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, crocheting, preserving, and accounting. She was known for her delicious pies of all flavors. She loved to play her favorite hymns on the piano. She was an avid genealogist and a life member of several county and state genealogical and historical societies. She and Joseph were enthusiastic boosters of the Manchester Rural High School reunions and annual banquets.
Louine was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McConnelsville. She and Joseph were long-time volunteers at both Genesis Health Good Samaritan Hospital and Mark Rest Center, now Highland Oaks Health Center. In 2001, they were recognized on Valentine's Day by Gov. Taft's wife at Joined Hearts in Giving, honoring Ohioans married 50 years or longer and who share a commitment to volunteerism.
Surviving are her son, Lloyd J. (Ellen) of Groton, Conn.; and three grandsons, Edward L. (Alicia) of Raleigh, N.C., Eric M. of Rockville, Md., and Allan J. of Groton, Conn.; one great-grandson, Owen of Raleigh; brothers, Gerald A. Willey of Marietta, and Verle E. Willey of Orange Park, Fla.; nephew, Stephen L. Willey of Columbus; and niece, Suzanne Singleton or Orange Park, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Glenna A. Willey.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Miller-Huck Funeral Home, McConnelsville. Calling hours will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday (April 12). The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday (April 13) at the funeral home. Internment will be in Sharon Cemetery, Sharon.
The family wants to thank the staff, nurses and doctors at Highland Oaks Health Center for the excellent personal care and comfort they provided Louine over the past three years. The family also wants to thank Louine's friends, neighbors and relatives who visited and helped her immensely during her widowhood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following: Trinity United Methodist Church, 98 N. 10th St., McConnelsville, Ohio, 43756; the M&M Fire Department, 77 S. Fourth St., McConnelsville, Ohio, 43756; or to the Twin City Opera House, McConnelsville, Ohio.