Raimonde "Rai" Hutchins

June 6, 1923October 12, 2020

We would like to say goodbye to an amazing woman – Rai Hutchins. Mom had a life of adventure with her husband Eric for 40 years. After WWII, two city kids successfully started a dairy farm in North Devon then emigrated to Canada with seven kids in 1957. After adding two more children in Calgary they then moved to Mill Bay in 1965.

With Eric’s passing in 1982 Mom continued to farm her ten acres for another 35 years only giving up breeding sheep when she was 88. She became the matriarch to nine children and their spouses, twenty-three grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a very large extended loving family.

Mom was born to privilege and wealth but when the need arose she soon turned her hand to what was needed becoming an ambulance driver during the London Blitz, milker, most excellent cook, farmer, tutor, seamstress, knitter, card player, curler, friend and always an avid reader. She raised nine children to be not only family minded, but to be community minded, and to lend a hand to all when needed and all with a sense of humour. Her house was remodeled to handle as many as eighty-five for sit down dinners for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving feasts with room always for family friends. Mom also hosted family weddings for two of her grandchildren.

Her nine children, Jane, Sue, Andy, Kitty, Felicity, Simon, Rob, Tina and Fiona, and their families would like to wish Rai many many thanks for a life well lived and to send her on her way to her next adventure with their love surrounding her. Bless you mom.


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Raimonde "Rai" Hutchins

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Claire Fairs (Lepper)

October 19, 2020

My condolences on the passing of your mom.

I have many fond memories of Mrs Hutchins from her Calgary kitchen and from camping in the paddock in Mill Bay.
She has left an amazing legacy.
Love to you all

Sharon Combs

October 19, 2020

Dear Tina, Fiona and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful Mom. We know she will be missed by all of you and all of the people she touched in her life. Our thoughts and love are sent to all of you.
Love Sharon, Doreen and the rest of the Combs family

Ron and Cindy Little

October 18, 2020

So many memories of Rai. The countless hours of homework with Eric, always taking the time to sit and have a chat at the family table at Jim and Fiona’s, going down to the farm when the baby sheep were born, seeing her bombing around in that little grey car of hers. One tough woman who took no crap. 😊💕💕

Fred Lerch

October 18, 2020

Dear Hutchins Family,
My sincere condolences to you All. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Rai. What an amazing and loving lady she was and I will miss her a lot. Thinking of you at this sad time. Fritz

David Barrett

October 18, 2020

We only met Rai a few times, in her later years, but we were always made welcome by her. Her strength of character was always evident, and she even managed to smile for us, something we had been led to believe was an infrequent occurrence. Her legacy is immense, with nine children to be proud of and an ever-increasing family of newer generations. We are proud to be part of this family, albeit at a distance here in the UK. When we saw her last we promised that we would come over to share her 100th birthday, but sadly her body failed her before she could reach this goal, but we will remember it anyway.

Bill & Irene van Schagen

October 18, 2020

To Sue and all the Hutchins family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Robert Day

October 18, 2020

A life well lived for sure. I know first hand that her spirit lives on. I also know how much a mother is missed when they move on.. The memories will pop up and that means she is still with you. Peace to your family.

Conrad Manly

October 17, 2020

Condolences guys, amazing woman, amazing kids. Happy to have been a part of the Hutchins “clan” and happy to have known the matriarch over the years. Hugs from “Cone”

Cyrene Cardriver

October 17, 2020

All our love and condolences to all the Hutchins. We are eternally grateful for Rai’s wit, her generosity in including us as steps, her teachings for the children about lambing, and her exceptional commitment to family leadership. She was a true matriarch whose legacy is awe-inspiring.
Best wishes and peace,
Cardrivers, Celeste(s), Pirie-Hokansons

Cathy Watts

October 17, 2020

My sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful Mother. I will always cherish the many stories I have heard and so glad I met her.
It is difficult to lose a parent but thank goodness you have so many wonderful stories to tell and family times to remember.
Hugs and love to all of you.


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