Lynne C. Hutchison
December 26, 1946 ~ November 4, 2023
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.