Obituary of Shirley Hutchins

Shirley Jean Hutchins, 90, of Scammon, Kansas, passed away at her home Monday afternoon, July 19, 2021. She was born in Uniontown, Kansas, the daughter of Edmond Riley and Deloris Joan (McGuire) Brown. She married James Keith Hutchins on October 9, 1948, in Mound City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2002.

Shirley graduated from Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1948, and continued education in Oklahoma City and Joplin, Missouri. She was an artist, writer, and musician, and lived in a variety of places, including Uniontown, Redfield, Leavenworth, and Scammon, Kansas, Joplin, Missouri, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Shirley is survived by her children, Rilea Moyer (Rex) of Spearfish, South Dakota, Paul Hutchins (Cynthia) of Scammon, Kansas, and Kathleen Ragsdale (Fred) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband James, Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Stephen Hutchins, and two daughters, Kathryn and Jeanie D., and four babies at birth.

Following cremation, graveside services for Shirley will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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