Angela Kathleen Hutchinson (48) made her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, October 22, 2017, surrounded by family and friends who loved her. She had honored her family with a heroic five-year fight against metastatic breast cancer.
From the time of her birth, on June 25, 1969, in Rapid City, S.D., this pure angel brought joy and laughter to all who knew her. At her best, she always made those around her feel as though they were the most important people in the world. She had a quick wit. She sought joy and love and brought those things to her family and friends throughout the years. And she had so many friends and you all know who you are.
Angie belonged to the Oglala Tribe, and was proud of her Native American heritage and beliefs. She journeyed to find her biological father, Howard Provost. In finding him, she found healing and a special relationship that no one could question.
When she was little, she had a pony named Cocoa and would take him out in the pastures to “live” in the old west. People would tell her she was such a pretty little girl and she would declare that she was not a girl, but an Indian brave. Her imagination carried her into many great journeys throughout her life.
Angie Baby, as her family sometimes called her, was a natural athlete. Both in basketball and softball, she started on the Varsity teams as a freshman at Kamiakin High School, in Kennewick, Washington. In softball, she was awarded the MVP award as a sophomore. She could slalom ski by nine years old and could play on a lake all day long, even into the last weeks of her life.
By eleven years old she started working on the rock crusher, running up and down the conveyer belts, greasing the zerks, in her striped bib overalls. It was at that time, that her dad, Ray Hutchinson began teaching her about all kinds of heavy equipment. Over the years she came to excel at being a heavy equipment operator. She could run anything! She was meticulous at caring for her equipment and at doing the job right the first time. She worked for some of the biggest construction companies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. She passed on this passion. When her son, Casey, was old enough to safely sit in her lap, she started riding him around in the different Caterpillars she ran.
Angie was a favorite at the Weiser Mud drags, and just two weeks before she passed, she raced against her cousin, Carie Lynn. She loved driving her Jeep. She loved working on her Jeep down at Scotty’s shop. He and Bub, helped her build anything she needed. Between muddin’ and fishin’ she spent time with family and friends.
For all the natural talent and enthusiasm within Angie, her favorite hobby, sport, family and leisure activity was fishing. She did a lot of fishing, especially the last three years. But this fall, when she was given the news that time was short—she asked what else she could do. The response that came was, “Angie, Go fishing.” She did just that. She lived life right until it was time to hit the road. And she brought everyone together doing it.
She is survived by her second dad and her mother, Rudy and Lelah Henggeler; her son, Casey Lee Hutchinson (Leeza); her sister, Katie and David Knudsen, and their children, Samantha, Ellen, Zebediah and Brihstow, all of Fruitland, Idaho. She is survived by a huge extended family that loved her like a sister. She was predeceased by all of her maternal and paternal grandparents, her dad Raymond Martin Hutchinson, her biological father Howard Provost and her best dog Sage.
Memorials may be made to: MSTI Respite House, 1118 NW 16th Street, Fruitland, ID 83619 or FA Cancer Club, Kellie Campbell, PO Box 84, Fruitland, ID 83619.
A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, October 28, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Fruitland, Idaho. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences can be made to Angela’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.