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Violet Hutchens

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Violet Hutchens Obituary

93, mother, grandmother and longtime resident of the San Fernando Valley, passed away on February 16, 2018.

Vi, as many knew her, was born October 26, 1924, in Oklahoma to Susannah and Harold McCart. The family survived the Great Depression and World War II, moving their way through the Midwest and Texas. After the war, Violet Rae McCart would gradually make her way to Southern California.

On a trip west, she met Robert ("Hutch") Hutchens at a Utah bus depot. "I had a blanket and a pillow. He was shivering," she once remembered. They married and settled in the San Fernando Valley. That's where they raised two children, Larry and Roy ("Rusty"), who both would go on to be a source of her pride.

Vi was a pioneer at Woolworth's, where she rose through the ranks in the 1970s. She was known to have been the first woman manager for the store. When she retired years later, she didn't really stop "working." Vi devoted much of her time to promoting literacy. She trained many teachers in how to work with people to overcome learning disabilities. Also close to her heart was Van Nuys United Methodist Church, where a pre-school was formed, much in part with her support. Vi remained close to the church for the rest of her life, volunteering in various roles. All the while, she helped many people — some financially, others by simply being there for them.

Vi was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. She is survived by her son Larry and his wife, Elvy, and their children, Kalman, Lenka, and families; son Roy and his wife, Evelyn, and their daughter Melanie and her family; and her sister, Ruby. She'll be fondly remembered by all those she loved and supported.

The family is planning a private service. Interment will be at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Feb. 25, 2018
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