Caroline W. ‘Betsy’ Hutchison


Caroline W. “Betsy” Hutchison, 82, Hollidays­burg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Charlottes­ville, Va.

She was born in Bellefonte, daughter of the late Samuel R. and Caroline (McClure) Waite.

Surviving are her loving husband and high-school sweetheart, William Hutchison of Hollidays­burg; three children: Elizabeth Estep of Charlottesville, Va., Jennifer Hutchison of Philadelphia and William Hutchison of Chester, N.J.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Madelon Rial of Las Vegas, Nev.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Waite.

Betsy attended Bellefonte Elementary and High School, before receiving a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The Pennsylvania State University. Betsy met her husband, William W. “Bill” Hutchison, in junior high school, where he professed his love to her on their second date. The cheerleader and football player from rival high schools married June 28, 1958, in Bellefonte, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past June.

Betsy’s devotion to children was clear through her work teaching elementary students, serving on the Altoona Recreation Commission and instituting the “must play rule,” fitting children with shoes at Stride Rite Bootery and coaching the Altoona YMCA swim team (including two state champions). She also served for years as the treasurer of the Juniata Presbyterian Church.

She loved vacationing at the beach with her family and had a passion for the performing arts and a great sense of style.

Friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Mauk and Yates Funeral Home Inc., Altoona. A celebration of Betsy’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at Juniata Presby­ter­ian Church, Janet Kephart officiating. Interment will be at Centre County Memorial Park, State College.