Lynne C. Hutchison

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December 26, 1946 ~ November 4, 2023

Born in: Haverhill, MA
Resided in: Annandale, VA

Lynne Crites Hutchison, 76, died Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Fair Oaks Inova Hospital.

She was born December 26, 1946, in Haverhill, Mass., to John Crites and Ruth (Giles).

As a child, she appeared on local Massachusetts television as Jolly the Elf, in The Lady and the Bookshelf.

After the family moved to Virginia, Lynne attended James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., where she met the man she would spend her life with. Fred remembers noticing her for the first time when she was performing a pantomime of “Mention My Name in Sheboygan” during a school talent show. They snuck a kiss whenever they saw a rabbit and had regular dates at Conrad’s, where Lynne worked (and, showing her true self even from a young age, she got reprimanded for making kids’ ice cream cones too big). They married on August 20, 1966, and marked their 57th anniversary earlier this year. They remained close with many other members of JMHS’s class of ’64.

Lynne attended the Washington School for Secretaries and held the same job throughout her career, as secretary to the Animal Welfare Institute and personal secretary to its founder and chairperson, Christine Stevens.

When it came time to start a family, Lynne made arrangements to do her work from home, so she could be there when her children got home from school. Lynne was a proud mother to Nan (Patricia Hutchison) Curran and Dr. Laura Hutchison. She loved nothing more than being Nana to her granddaughter Hannah (Curran) Matthews and Old Nana to her great-grandson, Kayden Matthews.

Lynne was an avid reader, and you rarely saw her without a book, or later a Kindle, in her hand. She enjoyed watching MSNBC and getting furious at the state of the world. She was an active member of the Rockin’ Rubies & Rhinestones chapter of the Red Hat Society. She looked forward to her Red Hat events and made some dear friends who encouraged and supported her during her health challenges in recent years.

She loved to knit and cross stitch. Her talents are on display in framed cross-stitched gifts all over the country, and countless babies have been swaddled and others warmed by her knitted creations. She was a long-time member of the knitting ministry of her church, Providence Presbyterian.

Lynne was kind and thoughtful. She remembered every birthday and anniversary and loved making her own cards to send. When her health was poor, or her printer wasn’t working, she’d send e-greetings. And she had already ordered everyone’s Thanksgiving hams.

In addition to her immediate family, Lynne is survived by cousins she considered siblings, brothers- and sisters-in law, daughter-in-law Molly, nieces and nephews, countless friends, and her and Fred’s beloved dog, Trouble.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. The family requests that everyone raise a glass of Coke in her honor.

Donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003; Packages for Preemies, P.O. Box 2155, Windsor, CA 95492; Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 123 William Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1749 Vienna, Va. 22183-1749.

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  1. I met Lynne only a few times as mother to my dear friend Dr. Hutchison- but when I had my son- I received the most beautiful blanket made by her that we will treasure forever. On each occasion we met, Lynne was warm and kind and always proud of her daughter. She was such a genuinely kind and amazing person, a trait that lives on in her children.

  2. Fred and Family,
    Words fail as our hearts ache grieving the loss of our dear sweet Red Hatter Friend Lynne.
    May your loving memories give you strength in the days ahead.
    With Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Queen Barb & RRR Friends

  3. Lynne Hutchison was one of the most beautiful and generous souls that I have ever known. I didn’t see her very often, but when I did, there was an eternal, sweet smile that lit up the entire room. She always remembered Andy’s and my birthdays and our anniversaries. She also knitted gorgeous scarves for us, and every year, she and Mr. Hutchison ordered and sent us a Christmas ham. Not to mention countless dinners that we enjoyed when we visited Laura and Molly at the beach.

    Andy and I have truly been blessed to have known Lynne. We have not been worthy, but are so fortunate to have had the honor of her friendship.

  4. She was my sister… And part of the Hutchison family. We had her for a lot of years to love. And we will dearly miss her. Till we meet again my sweet sister.

  5. To the Hutchison family, May your hearts be filled with the blessing of having Lynn in your life.
    Words cannot covey Lynn as she was that special. It was my honor to call her friend.
    “The song is over, but the melody lingers on”. Til we meet again, hugs and love.
    Bev F.

  6. Dear Hutchison Family,
    Lynne was one of the kindest and most genuine people I know. Whenever she saw me, she would always ask, “How are the boys?”, meaning my grandsons. Lynne will be dearly missed.
    Chris Tarlow

  7. To the Hutchison Family,

    Lynne was one of the kindest and sweetest women. She’ll definitely be missed.

    Joan, Rockin’ Rubies & Rhinestones

  8. My sincerest condolences to the Hutchison family. I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you all lifted up in prayer.

  9. Love and blessings to Fred, Nan, and Laura and the Hutchison family. Lynne was a lovely lady who always spread her smiles. 💜🙏

  10. Fred and Lynne have been our dear friends for over 50 years.

    Lynne was the most thoughtful, kind and giving friend ever. She always had a smile and a kind word, and she sent us a beautiful card on every occasion. She taught us to love creme brulee at Artie’s Restaurant. And our trip to The Greenbrier with her and Fred was the most fun trip we ever took! We will cherish our memories forever.

    Sending our love and sympathy to Fred and all the family.
    We will miss her greatly.

  11. To my dear Partner Fred and the Hutchison Family. I am so sorry for your loss. The Hooley Family’s thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  12. Dear Fred and Family,

    No words can express how sorry I am for your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  13. Lynne was a lovely person. My deeply felt condolences go to Fred, Nan, Laurie, Hannah, and all who loved Lynne.
    Lorna Totman, JMHS 1964

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