Margaret Berry Hutton

December 18, 1931March 4, 2014

Margaret Llewellyn Berry Hutton, age 82, of Houston, passed away on Tuesday, the 4th of March 2014, after an eight year, courageous, strong faith battle with cancer. She was born on December 18, 1931 in Smackover, Arkansas to Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Berry.

She is survived by her husband, James R. Hutton; daughter, Heather Hutton Namendorf and husband Jeffrey Namendorf; son, James Earl Berry Hutton; and grandchildren, Nathaniel Namendorf and Wyatt Namendorf of Austin. She was an active member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and sang in the choir.

In Shreveport, Louisiana she met James Hutton, whom she married on June 29, 1963 and recently celebrated over 50 years of marriage.

Her childhood was spent in Smackover, Arkansas. She studied at Baylor University, Curtiss Institute, and graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a degree in Music. Following graduation from Hendrix, she studied at Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. With a beautiful soprano voice she was, for years, the soloist at the First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport. She also taught piano for many years.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, loving wife, and raised her two children with limited help from her husband, who was travelling internationally during their early childhood.

Margaret had a very strong faith and studied the Bible and had devotions daily. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Berry; her sister, Robin Trimble; and nephew, John D. Trimble IV.

During her marriage Margaret also lived in Olean, New York, London, Brussels, and Chicago.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five until eight o’clock in the evening on Thursday, the 6th of March, in the parlor and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 7th of March, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Senior Rector, and the Rev. Martin J. Bastian, Senior Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, are to officiate.

Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests, with gratitude, that memorial contributions in Margaret’s name be directed to, Houston Baptist University Office of Advancement, 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX, 77074; or to Mission Church, 17503 La Cantera Pkwy #104, San Antonio, TX 78257.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 7, 2014

Margaret Berry Hutton

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Sandy VanSkiver Fluent

May 23, 2014

Jim - I am saddened by the news of Margaret's death. You would remember me as the little neighbor girl, Sandy VanSkiver, from the Ten Mile. I have many fond memories of both of you. I thought Margaret was just about the most beautiful woman I had ever seen! I always remember her cooking food up for "Henry", the chickadee that used to come to the kitchen window, waiting to be fed. I loved listening to her sing and play the piano. May God bless you and comfort you in you loss.

March 17, 2014


I just learned of your wife's passing. A true joy has left us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kathy Smith

March 11, 2014

Margaret was a wonderful and giving Christian woman. What a darling personality! I will miss her wit, her talents, and her wisdom. I know she is face to face with her Lord and Savior, and is singing with the angels. We will meet again, sweet friend.

Beverly Boykin

George and Leslie Mims

March 11, 2014

Jim, Leslie and I just learned about Margaret's passing! We've prayed each evening for you and Margaret over these many years. You will remain in our prayers as she is in the wonderful hands of Almighty God and blessed to be in the immediate presence of Jesus, where the Light of His Countenance never dies out. Margaret was such a wonderful, gifted and devoted Christian given to service through singing from her heart in choirs these many years. We've treasured her friendship, and gifts and skills she brought to the choral experience and to the fellowship so necessary for a choir to truly sing in harmony. Jim, here is a prayer for Margaret.

Margaret be received by the Choir of Angels and welcomed by Lazarus, once a poor beggar, into the Holy City, Jerusalem, City of Peace. May the endless praise of the saints immortal, Margaret now a part of them, bless her beyond earthly measure and may she find rest complete with our Heavenly Father. Lord, bless Jim, and their family, especially the grandchildren whom Margaret loved so deeply and in whom Margaret found so much JOY! Amen

Margaret, till we meet again at Jesus' feet, you and Jim will continue to be our thoughts and thanksgivings!!! Amen.

Narsha Eckermann

March 7, 2014

A beautiful lady of faith, lover of great traditions, now home with the Lord.

Carolyn Schmalz

March 6, 2014

Jim and family, My heartfelt sympathy.
You are in my prayers.

March 6, 2014

Jim, Linda and I are so sorry to hear about the death of Margaret. We will miss talking to her at the GMRC meetings.

Chuck and Linda Wilke

March 6, 2014

Dear Jim, so sorry to hear this, she is in a better place now. My prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara Walker

Steve Romano

March 6, 2014

Jim - I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Betty Grosssman

March 6, 2014

I remember many happy times spent with
Margaret and Jim. She was a lovely,
Christian lady who will be missed by
all who knew her. My condolences to
the family.