Obituary: Dorothy Faye Hutson

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Dorothy Faye Slaton Hutson, 88, died July 17, in Bedford. Born June 16, 1929, in Jacksonville, she was the youngest of seven children and grew up on a dairy farm. She married Medford Hutson Oct. 5, 1948. She served alongside her husband when he was pastor of churches in and around Jefferson, Atlanta, Queen City and Lufkin. She was deeply involved in Woman’s Missionary Union, serving as an associational WMU director, and that involvement was instrumental in the Hutsons moving to southern Utah in 1963 to serve as church planters with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board. They served 30 years in Cedar City and Richfield, Utah. They worked with various ethnic groups, particularly Laotian, Cambodian and Chinese, and she continued her involvement with WMU. They also served as surrogate parents for Navajo students who left the reservation to pursue an education in Richfield. Together, they helped establish 12 churches, 15 chapel missions and 52 Bible fellowships. After retiring as home missionaries in 1992, they moved to Bertram where he was pastor of First Baptist Church 12 years. Their service in Bertram was interrupted in 1998, when they moved to Tokyo, Japan, for four months to allow resident missionaries an opportunity for stateside leave. The Hutsons retired from full-time ministry in 2005 and moved to an assisted living center in Bedford in 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Medford, in 2010, as well as by sisters and brothers Thelma, Corene, Tom and Sam Slaton, Mary Nell Lewis and Montie Morris. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Dusty Hutson of Lufkin, Paul and Stacia Hutson of Euless, and Mark and June Hutson of Buchanan Dam; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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