Carolee Hutcheson, 95, the daughter of Scott F. Whittaker and Eunice Bassore Whittaker, was born April 21, 1925 in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, and passed away December 30, 2020 in Houston, Missouri.
Her father worked for Frisco Railroad and the family lived at Rogersville, Missouri, before moving to Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. The next move was to Cabool, Missouri, in 1938 when Carolee was 13 years old. Carolee had three brothers, Marvin, Scott, and David. Carolee graduated from Cabool High School in 1943 and then entered Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (now Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri. She attended classes year-round and graduated in three years with a major in accounting and a minor in English. After college, she worked for Producers Creamery in Cabool and later for the superintendent of Cabool Schools.
Carolee married Nolan Robert Hutcheson of Houston, Missouri, on May 23, 1948. Carolee and Nolan shared long lives together in Texas County, Missouri. They were active members of Houston United Methodist Church and many other community and youth organizations. Carolee and Nolan were well known for working together in the family businesses including Hutcheson Oil Company and Indian Creek Ranch, raising Appaloosa and Quarter horses and cattle. Carolee was a longtime member of Beta Sigma Phi, Laur Gamma Iota, which she loved. After moving back to Houston, she was thrilled to receive many birthday, Christmas, and other holiday greetings from current members throughout the year from all over the United States.
Carolee was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and brothers.
She is survived by her four children, Jon, Sara, Steve, and Joe; six grandchildren, Sydney, Darcie, Ashley, Jon Robert (J.R.), Ryan and Lauren; and six great-grandchildren, Esteban, Estella, Evelyn, Clara, Jon Nolan and Anna. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Memorial gifts can be sent to Houston Education Foundation or Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation.
Private graveside services were held Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Pine Lawn Cemetery with Pastor Roger Cary officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were J.R. Hutcheson, Ryan Hutcheson, Jessie Brooke, Steve Hutcheson, Joe Hutcheson and Joe Richardson.