Mary Ann Hutchins, 80, affectionately known as “Maw-Maw,” peacefully entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. She was born April 23, 1932 and is a native of Washington D.C. She was the daughter of the late James R. Wannan, Sr. and Semmis Rebecca Preston Wannan.
Mary Ann was loving, caring, and always ready to assist those in need. She loved her family and friends and showed kindness and hospitality to the many strangers she met along the way, always having a kind and gentle word to say about everyone. She loved her devoted pet cat “Dakota” who was always at her side, even in her illness, when she was taken to visit her at the Autumn Care nursing facility from time to time. Mary Ann also was an avid reader and often could be found checking out multiple books from the Chesapeake Library.
Her favorite form of dancing was ballet and she often reminisced about her ballet accomplishments, sometimes showing Susan “that she could still stand on her tippy toes.” She enjoyed living her dreams of dancing through her beloved granddaughters Kathryn and Sara.
Mary Ann was employed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for 35 years, until the time of her retirement. Afterwards, she made her home in Chesapeake, Virginia to be close to her daughter and her family.
She is survived by two sons, Robert P. Pickles and Paul E. Hutchins; a daughter, Susan E. Bjorgaard; two granddaughters, Kathryn R. Bjorgaard and Sara E. Bjorgaard; and, a great granddaughter, Zoe Marie Walker who was born on February 16, a few days after Mary Ann went to her heavenly home. In addition to her parents, two brothers, Preston Wannan and James R. Wannan, Jr., preceded her in death.
Mary Ann leaves a strong legacy of love, devotion, and faith and will be greatly missed by her family and community.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11 a.m. at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Humane Society or to Childrens’ Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD).
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