Earlene Rose Hutsell
Earlene Rose Hutsell
Earlene Rose Hutsell was born June 1, 1925 to a feisty Irishman Earl Francis O'Conner and an Iowa school teacher Rose Mae Harvey. She was born in Portland, Oregon. She was the apple of her Father Earl's eye and her Mother Rose, kept them all grounded. She had one sibling, Lowell O'Connor, her big brother who adored her and found her annoying all at the same time! She was an accomplished writer and genealogy researcher, beautiful, smart, quick witted, caring, funny, a loving Wife, dedicated Mother, a Daughter, Sister, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Auntie and Friend, a woman with a zest for Life.
Mom grew up in North Portland where her father owned a grocery store on Lombard Street and later a Bowling Alley in St John's. She went to Portsmouth school and Roosevelt High School. In High School she was an accomplished ballet dancer, majorette, and performed dance publicly at many events. She had a love of English and Journalism and interned at the Oregon Journal newspaper. She was an excellent student. After high school in 1943, she went to college at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. On the first day at Linfield, she met the love of her life who she adored, Warren Hutsell. Warren soon enlisted in the Army Air Corp. After a spirited courtship they married at Westminster Presbyterian on December 2, 1945 and honeymooned in San Francisco. They spent a short time in Smokey Hill AFB in Salina, Kansas before Warren got his orders to deploy. While Warren was in the Air Corp, she stayed in Portland with her parents. After Warren's discharge after the War was over, they had their first child, a daughter Carol who was born in 1947, their second daughter Janet was born in 1950 and last child Richard was born in 1955. Her Mother Rose would often say, "she is never happier than when her three "chicks" are around her".
In 1955, Mom and Dad made the first of many moves she "blamed" on her husband Warren, and, she loved nearly every minute of it....First, and in chronological order; Plainfield, New Jersey until 1957, then Edmonds, Washington in 1958-1961, to Portland and Vancouver, Washington in 1962, Minneapolis Minnesota, in 1963, Dallas, Texas from 1964-66, Tokyo, Japan 1967-68, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1968-1975, Los Angeles and San Diego, California 1975-1989, St Paul, Minnesota 1989-1996, Niceville, Florida 1996-1998, St Paul, Minnesota 1998-2009, McMinnville, Oregon 2009-2011 and finally to River Falls, Wisconsin, from 2011 until she crossed over to her next adventure on September 17th, 2018 at 7:45pm at the age of 93 years old. Family members were beside her, it was peaceful. She and Warren were married 73 years at the time of her passing. The world is a lonelier place without her.
There are no words to describe the many facets of her beauty and her "smarts" and personality, and the heartbreak the entire family feels at her departing this life is immeasurable. Over the course of her life she traveled to four continents and nearly every state of the union, she was curious about life, history, historical places and events, the arts, an avid reader, an advocate for social justice at a time before it was fashionable, she was always in your corner and if she felt you strayed a bit she was fond of writing you a letter in a loving maternal manner, she was a detailed list maker and organizer, she traced the family genealogy back to the 1400's at a time when it was all painstaking research and travel. She was so, so much more it can't be put into words. She was one of a kind.
These words are just a homely phrase
And may be sometimes lightly spoken
But when we think of coming days
When family ties may be broken
Like trees in a wind-swept glade
Whose limbs may fall in winter weather
We prize the more the strengthening love
That binds our family together
-Written by Earlene's grandmother, Alice Harvey in 1916 after she lost her husband
She was preceded in passing by Earl and Rose O'Connor, her parents, Lowell and Betty O'Connor, her brother and sister in law, and granddaughter, Rose Leslie Hutsell.
She is survived by loving husband Warren Hutsell, daughter, Carol Patty, (Nicole and Austin), daughter Janet Imholte, her husband Rick, their son Zachary and wife Amy (Alexis and Harrison) and son Michael and Katie Bur. Lastly, son Richard and his wife Barbara, granddaughter, Catherine Hage, husband Hans, their children (Brinna and Kieran), her grandson Matthew Hutsell, and her two nieces Sandy Browder, husband Leon, and Sherry Henderson and their children, and grandchildren.
A private memorial will be held, and she will be interned in Portland Memorial with her parents Earl and Rose O'Connor. Donations to the National Alzheimer's Association are welcome.