Helen Rush Hutchison, 95, passed away peacefully, comforted by her family, on October 7, 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mrs. Hutchison was born in Springfield, Illinois on April 27, 1926, the second daughter of Louise Marie and Ethelbert Henry Rush. From an early age, Mrs. Hutchison exhibited a gift for music, winning many awards and honors as a young pianist. She majored in piano at college, first Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois) and later Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) where she received a teaching degree. She was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
She wed Stanley Philip Hutchison (1923-2016) on July 25, 1945; they were married for 71 years. Mr. Hutchison became Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Washington National Corporation (Evanston, Illinois), and the couple lived in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area until retiring to Carefree, Arizona in 1988.
Mrs. Hutchison taught for several years in the Preparatory Department at Northwestern University School of Music and in the Evanston, Illinois public schools. In addition to devoting herself to family, she always found time to serve the community in which she lived. She was an active volunteer at Evanston Hospital (Evanston, Illinois) and as a recorder for the blind. She was a member and president of the Women’s Educational Aid Association of Northwestern University, an organization offering financial assistance to female students. After moving to Carefree, Arizona, she founded Volunteer Heartline, which furnished tutors and classroom helpers in the school district serving Cave Creek, Arizona.
Becoming a resident of Vi at Grayhawk (Scottsdale, Arizona) in 2003, Mrs. Hutchison continued her lifelong dedication to helping others. She served as a member and secretary of the Resident Council Board and was particularly active in work to improve the day-to-day lives of Vi Care Center residents. She participated in a review of nursing home best practices, acted as a patient advocate, instituted a weekly book group, and enlisted volunteers for private reading sessions with residents.
Mrs. Hutchison was greatly loved, not only by her family and multitude of friends but by the many who have been recipients of her extraordinary warmth and kindness. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Philip Hutchison and her sister Mary Elaine Smith. She will be missed by her adoring children, son Norman R. Hutchison, MD (wife Margaret) and daughter Elizabeth H. Bernard (husband Robert); two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Plans for a memorial service will be announced. Anyone wishing to honor Mrs. Hutchison’s memory may make a donation in her name to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, 10533 E. Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258, or Grayhawk Classic Residents’ Foundation, 7501 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255.