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Barbara Jean Hutchison


Barbara Jean (King) Hutchison, 80, passed away at home on May 14, 2023 surrounded by family. Barbara was born on May 23, 1942 to her parents Robert and Edna (Hofmann) King.


She met the love of her life one day as she waited for a bus to arrive to take her to work, Larry was on his way to the steel plant, saw her and gave her a ride to work. Ever since then it just kind of stuck. They married on April 27, 1962 and started their lives in Des Moines and never moved from the house their family started in. They were blessed with 2 children, son Mark and daughter Lisa within their cherishable 61 years of marriage.


Barbara spent most of her days taking care of the home and her family. She had a love for gardening and produced all types of flowers in her beds and even a few vegetables here and there until the squirrels were too much to handle. Her family sure did enjoy her cooking, especially rotini with Italian sausage. That love of cooking was passed on to her son Mark who has developed that same passion. Lisa enjoyed going shopping with her mother and spending quality time together. When her children were younger, they all took a camping trip to California visiting all of the KIOAs and some time at Disneyland. Camping around State Parks was the usual for them. In recent years, Larry and Barb would have a good time playing cribbage every Saturday and Sunday, and I bet you could guess who would win.


Left to cherish her memory are her husband Larry, son Mark (Gail) Hutchison and their daughter Samantha, daughter Lisa (Jeff) Wilkinson and their sons Joseph (Caylene) Wilkinson and Michael (Stephanie) Wilkinson, brother Clifford Day, brother Raymond Day, great-grandsons Ben, Henry, and Teddy Wilkinson, and great-granddaughter Aubrey Wilkinson. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Edna King.

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