MATTOON — Clara L. Hutchison, age 93 of Mattoon and formerly of Charleston, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, with Pastors Virgil Cisney and Tom Skinner officiating; and, Auxiliary Services conducted by the Charleston VFW Auxiliary. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Donations in her honor may be made to the Charleston VFW Auxiliary or the Mattoon Lions Club and left at the visitation/service or mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Clara was born November 29, 1925 in Indianola, Illinois, one of 13 children born to the late Harrison Franklin and Nellie Jeanette (Smith) Prunkard. She became the wife of Jean R. Hutchison on August 23, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey and they celebrated nearly 59 years of marriage prior to his death on August 2, 2001. Surviving are a son, Michael Hutchison (Pat) of Tuscola; four grandchildren, Mark Hutchison (Stacie) of Champaign, Kama Senn (Cliff) of Charleston, Andrew Hutchison (Andrea) of Lerna, Joseph Hutchison (Amanda) of Mattoon; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Clara was also preceded by a son, Stanley Robert Hutchison, a great-grandchild; seven sisters and five brothers.
Clara was employed as a cook at EIU for 25 years. In the words of her family - “Clara was a treasured matriarch of our family. Once you were in her heart – blood or not – you were family forever”.
Clara’s complete obituary is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com.