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Gloria Hutchinson obituary

    Gloria Livingston (née Wohlers) Hutchinson, age 71. Gloria left this labyrinth after a 3-1/2 year battle with cancer on May 9, 2020.
    Gloria Jean was born to Howard and Jean Wohlers in Lake City, Minn., where the Mississippi widens to Lake Pepin – to a family, life and landscape that would inspire her for the rest of her life. Her love of music and children sparked a lifelong passion to sing and teach. Gloria graduated with a B. A. in Elementary Education from Augsburg College in 1970, received her certification at Macalester, and carried on this path through the University of Minnesota to later earn her master’s degree in Education from Saint Mary’s University. Beyond inspiring all those in her classrooms while raising her own family with her tender touch, Gloria was devoted to love, curiosity, aesthetics, social justice, her church and its choir, a life of learning, the outdoors, gardening, travel, good wine, seasonal food, hosting, and fostering the power of family and fellowship.
    We the remaining, though bereft, are looking forward to wrapping our arms around each other in celebration of her life now that we can gather. Gloria was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher wholly devoted to a better world, fostering the kinder possibilities, getting the marrow out of life, and the best from all she encountered. In ways beyond measure, our lives are all the better for her being a part of them. Gloria was preceded in death by her father Howard Wohlers and son Christopher Livingston. She is survived by her spouse Jay Hutchinson, mother Jean Wohlers, her sisters Sherry Ladig (Don), Renae Wohlers (Derek Cole), her daughter Annelisa Livingston-Phillips (Marcus), son Nicholas Livingston (Jill), stepdaughter Ann Hutchinson (Rich Lindell), stepson Gordon Hutchinson, and many adoring grandchildren.
    We look forward to Gloria’s Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., August 10, 2022 at First Congregational Church of Minnesota at 500 8th Avenue SE, Minneapolis 55414. Per Gloria’s request: please do not mourn in black but come in color to celebrate. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please extend remembrances to fortheloveofgloria@gmail.com, call your mothers, take time for your friends, travel with intention, savor a delicious meal in good company, and order an extra meal to-go to savor tomorrow in honor of Gloria.

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