Dorothy Marie Hutson (nee Pinnell) of Steelville, Missouri was born on October 7, 1927 to James Lloyd and Grace Clementine (Coleman) Pinnell and passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 29 days.
As a child, Dorothy loved playing with her brother and three sisters on their family farm. She grew up in a loving Christian home and accepted Christ as her Savior as a young adult.
After graduating from Steelville High School in 1945, Dorothy moved to St. Louis, Missouri to work as a bookkeeper at Edison Brothers Shoe Co.
In 1952 she decided to move back to Steelville, Missouri to work as a bookkeeper for Earl’s Chevrolet. That May, a teacher (who sold cars in the summer) stole her heart with his dark wavy hair, dimpled smile and constant teasing in the office.
Dorothy married Delmar Hutson on September 8, 1952 being nearly 62 years of marriage until Delmar’s death.
In November of 1952 the newlyweds bought a shoe store in downtown Steelville, Missouri. They expanded their business to include clothes for all ages, fabric, sewing notions and tuxedo rentals, and Dorothy’s love for people, eye for style and savvy business-sense made Hutson Department Store a success for 36 years.
Dorothy also served as a pastor’s wife, as Delmar served as pastor at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Leasburg, Missouri for 14 years and Center Point Baptist Church in Steelville, Missouri for 30 years. She taught Sunday School and served as church organist the majority of their marriage.
After closing the department store, Dorothy and Delmar started Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville and Cuba, Missouri with their sons in 1989. Dorothy managed the books up into her 80’s and could be seen every day in the office greeting families with a smile and a comforting word until the last couple months of her life.
Dorothy was an amazing seamstress and bargain shopper.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Lloyd and Grace Pinnell; infant brother; husband, Delmar B. Hutson; step mother, Marie Pinnell; brother, James Haskell Pinnell; sister, Rosie Atchison; brothers-in-law, Eugene Schmidt, Lindell Bouse, Freeman Burrus; sisters-in-law, Blanche Burrus and Jean Talbert; niece, Dana Schmidt; and great grandson, Jubilance Divine Griswold.
She is survived by her sons, Spencer and wife Valerie Hutson of Cuba, Missouri and Paul and wife Pam Hutson of Steelville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Brooke (Timothy) Hutson Gibson of O’Fallon, Illinois, Brett (Auburn) Hutson of Dublin, Ireland, Rheanne (Matt) Griswold of Bolivar, Missouri, Kayla (Joshua) Nix of Steelville, Missouri and Paula (Aaron) Ransom of Leasburg, Missouri; 13 great grandchildren, Jude, Roxie and Simone Hutson, Whitman and Chamblin Gibson, Jace (Alyssa), Kaden, Hutson, Annallin and Clarcy Griswold, Quinn Nix and Maverick and Parker Ransom; sisters, Ina Bouse and Elizabeth Schmidt of Steelville, Missouri; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rainey Pinnell of Villa Ridge, Missouri, Ray Atchison of Steelville, Missouri and Bill Talbert of Cook Station, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Center Point Baptist Church in Steelville, Missouri with Pastor Matt Cook and Rev. Jerry Beers officiating.
Burial will be at the Liberty Cemetery, Steelville.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, Missouri.
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