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Nancy (Oliver) Hutchinson


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Nancy (Oliver) Hutchinson Obituary
On another glorious day in Coronado, CA, Nancy Oliver Hutchinson took her last breath in the community she loved for over forty years. She passed away on August 1st, 2018, surrounded by loved ones who marveled at her courage, dignity, grace, and humor in dealing with a long and devastating illness (ALS). Nancy was born in Pineville, Kentucky, during the winter of 1949 to Dr. Dalton S. Oliver and Mrs. Irene Manning Oliver. The family eventually made Baton Rouge their home where her father established the Oliver Eye Clinic. She attended Broadmoor High School and graduated from LSU where she was an active member of Kappa Delta sorority. Soon after, she obtained a master's degree from UNC, Chapel Hill. She began her teaching career in Baton Rouge. It was during a summer break from teaching in 1975, on a "road trip" to the West Coast, that she met a young Navy pilot who would become her husband for forty-two years. She and then Lieutenant Commander Tom Hutchinson were married a year later in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The following two decades held several moves across the country with the military. Nancy would always, "grow where she was planted," thriving in each new location, recreating a beautiful home for her family over and over. She always continued to teach in each new city. Nancy's vocation was also her avocation. She was an award-winning teacher whose career spanned over forty years in numerous states. Her pupils loved her. Using her unique brand of teaching that combined warmth, humor and a profound knowledge of the English language she would engage, educate and empower her students. She regularly received correspondence from students who had been in her classroom decades ago further validating the impact she had on their lives. Nancy lived her life with style, flair and intensity. Foremost in her heart was her family and close friends for whom her love was unconditional. She was an exemplary hostess whose home was the place to go for delightful company, great food and terrific parties. Notwithstanding the above, having satisfactorily "launched" her own daughters, her main focus was on her three precious granddaughters, Kira, Rose, and infant Margot to whom she was always GranNan. Nancy traveled extensively throughout the world and would occasionally join her husband during inport periods in the Western Pacific. On one memorable trip to Africa she visited the Maasai tribe of Olmoti, Tanzania, accompanied by close friends who had established a medical clinic and school in the remote area. She loved interacting with the students, and, understanding how greatly the health and education of girls can change their community and their country, she became an ardent supporter. A foundation has since been set up in Nan's memory to sponsor the secondary and college education of Maasai girls. Nancy is survived by her devoted husband Captain Thomas G. Hutchinson, USN ret.; brother Dr. Victor Manning Oliver; sister Lucy Oliver Scheffy; daughters Amy Hutchinson Jones (Matt) and Lucy Hutchinson Malugen (Jordan); and granddaughters, Kira and Rose Jones and Margot Malugen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children who eagerly anticipated her visits and the magical gifts she would invariably bring. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Manning Oliver; her father, Dr. Dalton S. Oliver; and her brother-in-law, Lee Cyril Scheffy. Visitation will be Friday, August 17th, 2018, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA at 9:30 AM until Memorial Services at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the: Nancy Oliver Hutchinson Fund/OOC c/o Dr. Diane Raleigh, 1960 Centro West Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. This fund, in honor of Nancy, is dedicated to Teacher Education of Maasai Girls. Our One Community (OOC) is a 501c3 charity thus tax deductible. Receipts will be provided.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17, 2018
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