Obituary- Loretta Mae (Delong) Hutchens (1939-2020)


Loretta Mae Hutchens of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday August 10, 2020 surrounded by her family and Pastor, Jeff Wilkinson. Loretta was born June 1, 1939, in Bridgewater, Maine to Harold Henry Delong and Francis Dorothy Barker-Delong. Loretta was 81 years, 2 months, and 9 days old. She attended Packsaddle Church in Packsaddle, Arkansas.

Loretta was dedicated to living for Jesus and sharing Jesus’ love with others. She loved each family member dearly. During her working years Loretta worked preparing and selling clothing, we have even heard many stories of potato harvesting. She later became a homemaker, a wonderful cook, and an avid shopper. She enjoyed spending time with special friends playing games, taking trips, and making memories.

Loretta leaves behind to cherish her memory, her brother, Wayne LeRoy Delong of Bridgewater, Maine and wife Loretta, sister, Connie Lee Delong of Irving, Texas, along with her step-children; Darla Gathright husband Paul; Eddie Hutchens and wife Becky; Sandy Young and husband Craig; Lori Shupert and husband Kent; and Toby Hutchens, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Loretta will be missed by all that knew her.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Hutchens, her parents, Harold Henry Delong and Francis Dorothy Barker-Delong, three brothers, one sister, and many loved ones.

Loretta’s life celebration will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 14, 2020, at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Reverend Jeff Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow at Birdsview Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Loretta’s pallbearers will be Kent Shupert, Eddie Hutchens, Toby Hutchens, Craig Young, Tyler Hutchens, Rylee Shupert. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Delong, Paul Gathright, Leon Dotson, Riley Hutchens, and RL Self.

Loretta’s visitation will be Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Packsaddle Church Building fund at Packsaddle Church, PO Box 2043, Waldron AR 72958.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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