On June 21, 2022, Laura Louise Hutchens passed away after a valiant battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her father, C. Oary Hutchens, and mother, Nellie Fife Hutchens. Also, cousin Susan Keller Perry, whom she loved as a sister.
She is survived by brother, Ronald O. Hutchens (Martha); niece, Kimberly Hutchens McElyea (Todd); nephew, Charles R. Hutchens; niece, Amy Hutchens Reed (Bradley). She was also a much loved “Aunt Boo” to grand nephews and niece, Micah, William, Laura, and Alexander McElyea; Brandon and Lucas Reed. Also, beloved, life long friends Phyllis Garner and Nanette Mabe.
Laura graduated from Maryville High School in 1972. She went on to earn her B.A. in English from Maryville College and Masters of Library Science from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She began her career with the Blount County Public Library in 1980, and served the library until her retirement as the Assistant Director in 2016. She was a superb soprano vocalist, being offered an audition with the New York Metropolitan Opera, and a proficient pianist. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, friends, and family of co-workers at the Blount County Library.