Anita Lutcher


Dec. 26, 1907 -- Oct. 8, 2009

EVANS, Ga. -- Former Milton-Feewater resident Anita Hughes Lutcher, 101, died Oct. 8, 2009, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.

The memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 719 Pierce St., Milton-Freewater, with Bishop Rustin Kimsey officiating. Inurnment in the Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. James Episcopal Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Mrs. Lutcher was born Dec. 26, 1907, to Percy and Mabel Ayers Hughes of Heppner, Ore. She was the granddaughter of William Hughes, one of the first Irish immigrants to Morrow County, Ore., in the early 1870s. Her father filed a homestead claim near Heppner in 1909; the land and adjacent properties were later developed into the Hughes family cattle ranch centered on Little Butter Creek outside Heppner.

She graduated from Whitman College in 1930 and married Lawrence J. Lutcher in 1933. The couple settled in Milton-Freewater, where they were founding members of St. James Episcopal Church.

She was a member of P.E.O. and was interested in public education, the development of the Columbia River Gorge and Irish ancestry. Mr. Lutcher preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1998.

She is survived by a son, C. Lawrence Lutcher of Evans; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


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