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DEER ISLE - Rhea J. (Conary) Hutchinson passed away on September 6, 2015. She was born in Camden, Maine on August 24, 1935, the daughter of Minot K. Conary and Margaret (Rogers) Conary.

The family lived in several towns as Rhea grew up - Searsport, Jonesport, Camden, and the Sunshine area of Deer Isle. The family spent summers on Isle Au Haut.

Rhea graduated from McKinley High School in Deer Isle in 1953 and went on to graduate from Husson College in Bangor.

In 1956 she married Jerry L. Hutchinson, in a small ceremony on Isle Au Haut, and they began their life together.

Both she and Jerry worked at Fox & Ginn Moving & Storage in Bangor. Soon after, Jerry became a teacher and began his teaching career in the Sedgwick Jr. High School. They moved to their home in South Deer Isle where they raised their two daughters.

Rhea began working part time at the old Sunset Post Office in Sunset, Maine, in the late 1960's, and thus began her career in the Postal Service. She worked as a Postal Clerk in the Sunset and Bangor Post Offices, respectively, Postmaster of the Stonington Post Office, and then as Postal Supervisor in the Bangor Post Office.

Rhea is survived by her husband, Jerry L. Hutchinson of Deer Isle, her daughter Vicki L. Hutchinson-Ingalls and husband Harold of Surry, her daughter Susan M. Hutchinson and husband Steve of Deer Isle, grandson Derek L. Hutchinson and wife Jackie of Sullivan, granddaughter Heather and husband Derek of Stonington, granddaughter Hollie of Deer Isle, granddaughters Hannah, Mary Anne, and Abigail, all of Deer Isle, and great-grandson Stanley of Sullivan.

Interment will be at Mount Adams Cemetery in Deer Isle, with a private, family service at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Stonington, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Memorial Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 387, Deer Isle, Maine, 04627.
Published on  September 8, 2015
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