February 1, 2024
Betty Lea Hutcheson, 91, died on Jan. 25, in Longview, where she lived most of her life. She was born on March 17, 1932, and enjoyed her St. Patrick's Day birthday her entire life. Her parents, Lee Alva and Annabel (Hinton) Baker, moved from McAlester, Oklahoma, to Longview when she was a child. She graduated from RA Long High School in 1950 and married Clark Hutcheson on Oct. 6 of that year. He preceded her in 2020 after 69 years of marriage.
Betty enjoyed home life, her family, and friends. She and Clark loved camping and enjoyed the outdoors, even hunting in their early years together. They loved feeding and learning about the birds that visited their yard along with growing dahlias there, as well. Her greatest pleasure was the creation of beautiful quilts she shared with family and friends and made many great friends at her quilting groups through the years. Betty had a talent for acquiring Featherweight sewing machines which she repaired and shared with others. She loved playing Mexican Train dominoes with family and friends, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing pinochle at Somerset Assisted Living & Retirement.
Betty was a member of Coal Creek Church.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in -law, Patricia and Scott Kehrli, daughter in law, Marcia Hutcheson, a brother, Bill Baker, four grandchildren, Heather Abena, Marisa Hutches on, Melinda Horn and Jennifer Hutcheson, 7 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Many considered her their second mother or grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son, Dean Hutcheson in 2012 and her brother, Frank Baker. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday February 1st at Steele Chapel at 1 PM with viewing from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Betty's name to the PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Foundation, Gift processing Lockbox #1096, PO Box 35146 Seattle, WA 98124-5146. Steele Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.-