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Obituary: Dorothy Anderson (Hutchins)

Dorothy Anderson (Hutchins), 89, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev.

A former resident of Williams and originally from York, Penn., Dorothy and husband, Edward, moved their family to Williams in 1974 from Phoenix to enjoy the beautiful area, cooler climate and the snowy winters. President of various organizations including the PTSA and Women's Club, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church as a parishioner and volunteer, Head Start teacher, announcer on local radio station KBWA in the '70s and always with a smile and avid player of the accordion (if you needed a smile), Dorothy is survived by daughter Peggy (Bill) Owens of Ramona, Calif., Larry (Lily) Hutchins of Las Vegas, Nev., Terry (Denise) Hutchins of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Eddie (Manoah) Hutchins of Flagstaff, Ariz., nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Edward Hutchins Sr.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Williams Cemetery.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Article comment by: Ione Becker

Dorothy was my friend for better than 15 years. We seemed to hit it off right away. We met under the hair dryers at a local beauty salon while her then second husband Don Anderson patiently waited out in his truck. He allowed her to visit with her friends at "certain" appointments and for specific amounts of time. We quickly learned how to extend those precious moments. We had a nic name for each other and that was smiley--even on her worst days, just saying that to her would bring a smile to her face. I loved her stories of a long ago love (Peck, I believe)--and they corresponded, but we were never able to have them get together. I also took a trip to PA to see family and made a special trip to York to take pictures of the house she grew up in, her old high school, church, skating rink, and other places of interest that she had given me on a list. It was fun to take this trip for Dot, we tried to get her to come along, but she just couldn't make it. She was so excited to attend the wedding of her granddaughter and then on the birth of a great grandchild(even though she was overlooked in the notice in our local paper). Things happen, she was so proud of all her children and talked often of them. I took her to visit Eddie at KAFF country once, met Peggy when she came to Williams, and met Terry when she had to be moved to Flagstaff into the assisted living facility, and I knew Larry from Williams. I even rescued her fish and found a home for Fred, her beloved dog. So many great memories and then the times we shared while she was in Flagstaff, good and bad.
My only regret is that she wasn't able to keep in touch once she was moved to Las Vegas, I pass through there often on my way back and forth to Williams and would have loved to have visited.
We said our goodbyes in Flagstaff a few days before she moved and perhaps that is how I need to remember her sad though it is. I know she is up there smiling and not in pain any longer and her troubles are no longer a burden. She once told me things always seem so bad, but others have it much worse. Keep smiling and that I will do.
Keep smiling Dot, I'll see you on the other side some day.
PS: Maybe they have bull riding in heaven.

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