Marguerite "Megan" Hutchins

January 4, 2012

Marguerite Hutchins, resident of Bonita Springs and recently of Estero, passed away peacefully at the home of her sister and brother-in-law in Santa Barbara, CA after a courageous battle with cancer. Megan was born in Philadelphia to Marguerite and Gibson LaFoy and grew up in Cleveland, Atlanta and Carrollton, GA. After graduating from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, she began her teaching career and married John Hutchins in Fullerton, CA. She was the mother of two sons, John and David.

Megan taught in Charlotte, NC and Bonita Springs for thirty-five years, during which she earned her EdD from Nova University. She was most proud of introducing her 4th and 5th grade students to environmental issues and local history and taking them on frequent field trips. Upon retirement, she earned two further degrees, an MA in Pastoral Theology and an MA for teaching ESL. Megan then served in various ministries at her church, Our Lady of Light, in Estero, and taught ESL courses at Florida Gulf Coast University.

In the summers, Megan loved to travel, cruising in Alaska and the Panama Canal and touring through Peru, Bolivia, China, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. Always looking for adventure, she bought a recreational van and toured various regions of the US with her two poodles. She especially enjoyed visiting Native American reservations, Amish country, Civil Rights monuments and national parks. While living in Bonita Springs and later Estero, she was vitally active in church reform, local environmental issues and social justice causes, especially advocating for the rights of the Immokalee tomato pickers.

Preceded in death by her son John, she is survived by her son David and his wife Marsha, her sister, Marie, brother-in-law John, daughter-in-law Barbara and grandchildren Kris and Kimberly, as well as step-grandchildren Rusty and Dana, and niece Kathleen and nephews Michael, Brian and Stephen.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 21st at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Light Church in Estero. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coalition of Immakolee Workers, PO Box 683, Immakolee, FL 34143 or Mother of God House of Prayer, 17880 Cypress Creek Road, Alva FL 33920.

Published in The News-Press on Jan. 10, 2012