Daphne McKay Hutchins, 82, died July 22, 2016 at MDI Hospital. She was born
April 20, 1934 in Bar Harbor the daughter of Adrian and Virginia (Taylor) McKay.
Daphne grew up in Otter Creek and attended school in Otter Creek and Northeast Harbor. She was self-employed in her early years working for a number of seasonal residences; opening and closing cottages, assisting with laundry and cleaning. She and her two boys frequented the Harbor where she had upwards of twenty cottages she attended to. She later worked part-time at the Otter Creek General Store and Post Office. Through this she was able to move into a full-time postal position Daphne was employed as a letter carrier for over 20 years; a job she thoroughly enjoyed allowing her to see and talk with so many friends throughout her route.
Remarried in 1980 to her current husband Milton Hutchins, they lived at their water front home at the head of MDI. In 1988 they purchased a winter home in
North Fort Myers, Fl. It was there that she had some of her best years. She
volunteered for many programs and became well known and was loved by so many residents of the park. Daphne had an outgoing personality that warmed the hearts of many, family and friends alike. Her later years were difficult as her health deteriorated. Yet through the many hospitalizations, she kept her quick wit and friendly smile as she developed some of her strongest bonds with the doctors and nurses at the hospital. The family wishes to extend our gratitude to the staff at MDI for all the care and support given through the years. Thanks are givien to Gentiva and her many homecare givers, including her biggest caregiver Milt. Their love and support allowed her to stay at home for as long as possible.
Daphne is survived by her husband of 36 years Milton Hutchins and a brother Neil
McKay and significant other Linda Mason of Ellsworth, two children Richard Higgins of Otter Creek and Stephen Higgins and wife Kathleen of Windham; stepchildren Tom Hutchins and wife Brenda of Iowa, Samuel Hutchins and wife Sandie of California, Susie Cregan and husband Tom of Pennsylvania, Judy Tucker and significant other Mike DiGangi of Ellsworth; grandchildren Justine Higgins and her daughter Aurelia Bea , Brian Higgins, Jeremy Tucker and his wife Karen and their children Tessa and Marshall, Jyl Tucker, Jennifer Tucker, Jay Tucker and daughter Macie, Nathan Hutchins and his wife Leah, Angie Hess and husband David, Andre, Tanya and Timothy Hutchins, Amanda Merrell and her husband JR, MaryAnn Heatherby and husband Josh and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Faith Robbins and her dearest friend, Charlotte Ouellette.
A memorial service will be held 11am, Sat. July 30, 2016 at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main Street, Mt. Desert where a reception will follow. A private interment will be held at Otter Creek Cemetery.
Those who desire may make contributions in Daphne's memory to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com