Doris E. (Brown) Hutchcraft (1942 - 2014)

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Doris E. Hutchcraft, 72, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Feb. 6, 1942, in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Chester and Gladys Cole Brown. She married William "Bill" Hutchcraft on Dec. 10, 1961, in Santee, California, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 2008.

She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia (husband, Henry) Thornton and Rowena (husband, Terry) Dawdy, both of Jacksonville, and Kristol (husband, Bob) Turner of Springfield; two sons, Wendell (wife, Ruby) Hutchcraft of Belleville and Timothy (wife, Tina) Hutchcraft of Jacksonville; 19 grandchildren, Randell Paul Boyd, Michael McDannald, Kassandra Hutchcraft, Kyle McDannald, Charlene Hutchcraft, Samuel Hutchcraft, Eli Dawdy, Tiffany Thornton, Joseph Thornton, Joshua Thornton, Randy Walden, David Walden, Bethany Sinclair, Jim Turner, Patricia Austin, Pamela Kerr, Heather Strubberg, Rena Brooks and Austin Dawdy; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Daye, Michael McDannald Jr. and Samantha McDannald. She also is survived by Amanda Summers and Justin Miller, both of Jacksonville, and Jessica Myers of Meredosia, all of whom she and her husband raised; Amanda's three children, Hazel, Lillian and Karlee; Jessica's son, Aidan; several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren; one brother, Melvin (wife, Joan) Brown of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by twin brothers, Lyle Brown and his wife, Doris, and Lester Brown (surviving wife, Terri, of Florida); brother, Fred Brown (surviving wife, Elizabeth, of Florida) and one brother-in-law, Lloyd Hutchcraft (surviving wife, Shirley, of Almogordo, New Mexico).

Mrs. Hutchcraft was a retired Navy wife. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Grace's United Methodist Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, Amvets Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, the Christian's Women's Group and the Jacksonville Doll Club. She was a foster parent to many children for 26 years and also had driven a school bus and been a cashier. She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She had been a softball coach, a Girl Scout leader and a team leader for Relay for Life. All of this was done while following her U.S. Navy sailor husband across the United States.

A funeral service will be held noon Monday at Williamson Funeral Home with burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery near Springfield. The family will meet friends from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Grace United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left online at
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Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 11, 2014
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