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Joyce Hutchison

1940 - 2016
Joyce Hutchison Obituary
Joyce Hutchison

Des Moines

Mary "Joyce" Hutchison (LaFollette), 76, was surrounded by family as she passed away at home on Saturday, May 7 after an almost 3-year battle with cancer.

She was a graduate of Leon (Iowa) High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines. She married Gary, the love of her life, in 1962, and she cherished her role as wife and mother to their three children, Joseph, Michael and Julie. With a motto of "there's always room for more"—both in her house and in her heart—she became a second mom to many. Her heart and her gifts reached far beyond her family and friends, first as an oncology nurse and later in the field of hospice care, which she played an instrumental role in introducing to the area in the 1970s. She drew on her experiences as a hospice nurse at Hospice of Central Iowa and as director of the Kavanagh House to write with co-author Sister Joyce Rupp, May I Walk You Home. After losing her beloved husband, she wrote a second book with Sr. Rupp, Now That You Have Gone Home. A third book, as yet untitled, about her own experience as a patient, will be published in the spring of 2017. Throughout her illness, she received the loving and expert care of Dr. Tom Buroker, her friend and longtime colleague during her years as an oncology nurse.

Survivors include her three children, Joe (Ann Marie) of Lynchburg, VA, Mike (Carter) of Des Moines, and Julie (Mike) Lisac of Kansas City, MO; and 9 grandchildren, Ruby, Moses, Lila and Anabel Hutchison, Griffin and Garrett Hutchison, and Emma, George and Margaret Lisac. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gary; her parents; and her 4 brothers. Family Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 2016 from 4-7pm with services to follow, and Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30am, both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Joyce lived a selfless life and was especially concerned about those who did not have the basic necessities. Per her wishes, in lieu of flowers, collection containers will be available at the services for non-perishable food items or donations may be made to Children and Family Urban Movement or Connection Café, both in Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published in Des Moines Register from May 13 to May 19, 2016
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