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    Marianne ‘Sue’ Hutchison

    Former Durango resident Marianne Hutchison died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at her home in Tucson, Ariz. She was 87.

    Known as “Sue,” she was born to Raymond and Georgia Rose Anna Burch Cunningham on July 6, 1925, in Birmingham, Iowa. Her father died before her birth. She grew up in Fairfield, Conn., and Keosaqua, Iowa, with her mother, stepfather, brother and stepsister.

    After high school graduation in 1943, Mrs. Hutchison attended the University of Iowa before going to work for a law firm.

    In 1947, she married E.L. “Hutch” Hutchison in Iowa. During the next 10 years, while Mr. Hutchison was rebuilding roads and bases in war-torn countries, the couple lived in Guam, Morocco and Spain, the latter two countries with their young daughters in tow.

    Mrs. Hutchison had always wanted to live in the mountains, so on the recommendation of a co-worker, John Hunt, her husband bought property in Durango. The couple eventually purchased Basin Bowl and Scottie’s Resort at Vallecito Reservoir in partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Hunt.

    Mrs. Hutchison not only worked in the family businesses, she was a secretary for Continental Oil Co. and Durango High School as well as becoming a sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics. When the Hutchisons sold Scottie’s in the early 1970s, Mr. Hutchison became a real estate developer and Mrs. Hutchison continued her Mary Kay career. After what her family called her “retirement,” she managed Y.E.S.S. The Book Hutch for nearly a decade.

    All told, Mrs. Hutchison lived in Durango for 52 years. She had lived in Tucson for the last three years, moving there to be near her daughter, Susan Hutchison.

    She enjoyed traveling with her grandchildren and supporting their polocross tournament play.

    Mrs. Hutchison was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, E.L. Hutchison, in 2009.

    She is survived by her daughters, Terry Hutchison of Durango and Susan Hutchison of Tucson; sister, Kathleen Perry, of Englewood, Fla.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Cremation has occurred. Arrangements for a memorial service are pending.

    Memorial contributions may be sent to the Southwest Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Society, c/o Jeannine Pope, P.O. Box 4545, Durango, CO 81302; or Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.