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Louise Hutchison, highly accomplished Columbia leader, dies

  • She was educator, business person, civic leader
  • She had served as interim Columbia Mayor
  • She was Senior Columbia Council Member at time of death
  • A merchant, she established Hutchison's Ladies Apparel
  • Beloved as teacher, she will be sadly missed by former students
Frances Louise Hutchison, 75, 500 Watson Street, Columbia, KY, died on Thursday, February 10, 2005, at her daughter's home in Prospect, KY.

The funeral service will be Saturday, February 12, 2005, at 11:00 a.m., at Grissom Funeral Home, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Raymond Martin and Bro. Terry White officiating.

A native of Columbia, she was the daughter of Alvin and Frances Bridgwater.

Mrs. Hutchison was a graduate of Columbia High School. Following high school, she attended Lindsey Wilson College and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. degree in biology.

After college, she was employed as a teacher at Marion County Public Schools. Later, she continued her teaching career by working at Adair County School System and Lindsey Wilson College.

After taking time off to raise her children, she owned a small specialty dress shop, Hutchison's Ladies Apparel.

Louise Hutchison was active in the Parent Peacher Association, and she also served as President. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For the past 22 years, she served as a member of the Columbia City Council and was the senior council member and had served as interim Mayor for a short time in 2004. She took her civic duties very seriously.

She enjoyed many hobbies, including reading, and playing bridge and golf. Most importantly, she had close and dear friends with whom she enjoyed spending time.

She is survived by the following:
  • Her two daughters and sons-in-law: Mary and Don Lester of Piedmont, MO; and Sally and John Humphreys of Prospect, KY
  • A sister and brother-in-law: Eleanor and William Young, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Two grandchildren and sons-in-law: Julie and Chad Uhls, Fulton, MO; and Cynthia and Brian Beckmeyer, St. Louis, MO
  • And one great grandson, Owen Uhls.
Memorial gifts in memory of Louise Hutchison may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell DR, Louisville, KY 40205.

Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 11, 2005, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Grissom Funeral Home, Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY.

Grissom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or

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Remembering Louise Hutchison

2005-02-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. LOUISE HUTCHISON, at left, was pictured in this file photo with friend Jean McLean at a special event in the Arnold Gallery downtown. Wherever support was needed for helping make our town a better place, Louise was there. She will be greatly missed in Columbia leadership. Click 'read more' for her obituary.
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