Velma Imogene (Vawter) Hutchinson of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away in Holiday, Florida on Monday September 30, 2019.
She was born on January 1, 1928 to Leroy Wade and Bonnie Corrine Rusk and was celebrated as the first baby born of the New Year in Indianapolis.
She attended Arsenal Technical High School until the age of 16 when her father lost his job at the local hosiery mill due to the shutdown of the plant. While her mother worked at a plant to make parachutes during World War II, she went to work for RCA (Radio Corporation of America) as a line worker in 1944. She took a short break at her job when she married and became a mother, but she returned to work at RCA until she retired in the early 1980's.
Once she retired, she loved to visit her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was knowledgeable with technology and was able to communicate with her grandchildren by computer into her 90â€™s. She was always supportive of any Indianapolis sport such as the Indy 500 and enjoyed watching the Colts with Peyton Manning. She loved to listen to Engelbert Humperdinck and loved to watch movies with Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland.
She had five children: Janice Bridges (Vawter), David Vawter, Thomas Vawter, Diane Cecere (Hutchinson) and James Hutchinson. Her memory is also survived with her twelve grandchildren:
Jennifer Bridges, Steve Bridges, Julie Starr (Bridges) of Janice Bridges.
Laura Lynne Werla (Vawter), David James Vawter, and Samantha Vawter of David Vawter.
Kris Vawter, Thomas Mitchell Vawter, and Nicole Vawter of Thomas Vawter.
Robb Cossell and Michael Kolbe of Diane Cecere.
Brandon Hutchinson of James Hutchinson.
She was also a great grandmother to ten great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents LeRoy and Bonnie, her brother Dale, her half siblings Herschel and Audrey, and her grandchild Olivia Hutchinson.
Her remains will be cremated at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home & Crematory in Holiday, Florida and will rest at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. The family will hold no formal service, but the family will hold a private gathering on a future date after interment in Indianapolis.