Elizabeth Hutchison

Elizabeth Evelyn McClure “Dubba” Hutchison, 91, of Gonzales died on Jan. 3, 2014, in Gonzales. Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Gonzales Memorial Park with the Rev. Andy Smith of First United Methodist Church officiating. She was born Dec. 5, 1922, in Honey Grove to Katherine Reed Johnson McClure and Alec Cullen McClure. Hutchison was the third born of three daughters. She was followed by a brother, Thomas Earl, who died in 1932 at age 4 due to illness. After high school, she completed an Associate of Arts degree from Paris Junior College in 1942 and was granted a temporary teaching certificate. Instead of teaching, she followed her oldest sister and brotherin-law to Florida, where she joined the dwindling wartime workforce for about a year and earned money to finish college. Returning to Texas she completed her education at East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&MCommerce) where, after changing her major from music to physical education, she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1945. After graduation and certification, she was employed as the girl’s P.E. coach in Uvalde, where she met Jimmie Hutchison; they were married less than a year later on July 14, 1946. Hutchison promptly resigned her teaching job and joined her husband in his business as the bookkeeper. A year and a half later, they added daughter, Sharon, to the business as greeter and social director. According to the family, Hutchison was a wonderful cook and kept an immaculate house. When work was finished, she enjoyed reading, gardening, playing bridge, singing with the Sweet Adelines, and winning numerous bowling trophies. The family said she was a bird hunter, tractor driver, sheep and goat drencher, fence builder, furniture refinisher and general handy-person. In the 1960s she took up golf which she loved, and in the 1970s she took to motorcycle riding, sometimes behind her husband and other times riding her own. With the Retreads Motorcycle Club, they clocked many miles to Niagra Falls on the east coast, the redwood forest on the west coast and lots of places in between. She and her husband followed their only daughter to the Austin area in 1990, making their home in Lakeway. In 2004, they followed their daughter and moved to Gonzales. She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Pirkle and husband, Ashley, of Gonzales; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Katie M. Bird of Vienna, Va.; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; parents; one brother; one sister, Virginia O. King; and three brothers-in-law. Visitation was held yesterday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales. The family requests memorials be made to the charity of one's choice.
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