June 19, 1911 - June 25, 2012
Charlotte Ruth (Ostroot) Hutchens was born June 19, 1911, in Astoria, S.D., to Theodore and Hannah (Quail) Ostroot. She died June 25, 2012, at Booker Rest Home in Dayton. She celebrated her 101st birthday on June 19, 2012, with a family dinner at Booker.
Her family moved to Crosby, N.D., in 1924, and later to Minot, N.D. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1929 and then attended Minot State Teacher's college (now Minot State University), where she obtained a life-time teaching certificate. Charlotte also attended the University of Montana to received certification to teach in that state. She taught in several schools in Montana and in Dayton and still corresponds and visits with many of her first-grade students.
In 1947, she married Lloyd Hutchens in Ronan, Mont. They raised their two sons on Johnson Hollow and she lived there until her move to the Booker Rest Home 2 weeks before her death. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 50 years; her brother,
Kenneth Ostroot; and her sisters, Lorraine Ostroot and Helen Hammer. She is survived by two sisters, Lorna Tyson and Rhoda Pederson, Bismarck, N.D; one sister-in-law, Delores Ostroot, Brookings, S.D.; two sons, John (Lynn) and Tom (Connie) in Dayton; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Charlotte loved to read, knit, crochet and do word puzzles. She loved to cook and was always trying out new recipes in her kitchen. In her later years she compiled a book entitled "Early Schools of Columbia County" and had a few hundred copies published for sale in the community. It was later updated through a Senior Project at Dayton High School. She was born to teach, whether it was school work, crocheting, knitting, cooking, nursery rhymes or storybooks. She loved interaction with her students and later her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charlotte had many friends and was always interested in the world around her. She wanted to live each day with a full open heart for the Lord and was always thankful for what He does.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Memorial donations may be made to Walla Walla Hospice or charity of choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.