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Mrs. Elaine Thorsen Hutchison, 1924-2009
Mrs. Hutchinson was in my mom’s class at Anaheim Union High School.  Mr. and Mrs. Lehmer, good friends of Mom, were also in that class.


Long time resident of Orange County, Elaine Thorsen Hutchison passed away peacefully on July 6th in Fullerton. 


She was born in Ocheydan, Iowa, February 29th, 1924. Her early years were spent in Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. 


In 1935 she moved with her family to Anaheim and graduated from Anaheim Union High School, class of 1941. 


She continued her education at Johnson's Business College in addition to coursework at Fullerton Community College. 


In the early 50's she married Robert James Hutchison and had two children, Cathe and Jeff. 


Elaine worked at Cal State Fullerton for twenty-five years as an administrative assistant in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received many awards while she worked there and upon her retirement received special recognition as Administrative Assistant Emeritus. 


Elaine loved her family and the vast number of friends she accumulated over her lifetime in Orange County. She was a woman of principle, integrity and accomplishment. She was devoted to her family, her church, Christ Lutheran, Brea and her friends. 


She is survived by her daughter, Cathe Murphy; her son, Jeff (Debbie) Hutchison; brother, Richard (Dorothy) Thorsen; and two grandchildren, Jamie (Jeremy) Butcher and Stephen Hutchison. 


A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, July 28th at 11:00am at Christ Lutheran Church at 820 Imperial Hwy, Brea, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church, Brea "Building Fund." McAulay & Wallace Mortuary 


Published in Orange County Register on July 15, 2009.


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Ocheydan is near the Minnesota border, in the northwestern Iowa, near Sioux Falls.