Jean Hutchings

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Jean Marie Hutchings, nee Anderson, 96, of Belleville, IL, born July 11, 1927, in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at home after a brief illness.

Jean was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. She was the co-owner of Watkins Products, Fuller Brush, Avon Distributorship Company for 45 years. She retired in 2020, at the age of 92, due to the Pandemic. Jean was a celebrated Avon distributor until close to retirement. She celebrated her retirement solving murders with Law and Order and reading enough romance novels to become an author herself. Jean was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and prayed the rosary daily.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harry B. Hutchings; a son, David William Hutchings in 2006; her parents, William G. and Marie, nee Gains, Anderson; two sisters, JoAnn Mertens and Shirley Green; and a brother, William Anderson.

She is survived by three children, Dennis “Hutch” Hutchings (Kim) of Austin TX, Dianne Marie Hutchings, and Dean Michael Hutchings (Rachel) of Skiatook, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, Melany Hutchings, Destiny Claunch (Bud), Matthew Hutchings (Sarah), Casey George (Jam), Courtney Banach, Benjamin Hutchings, ZaQue Hutchings (Kristen), Michael Hutchings, Katie Stokes (Tom), Cecilia Henderson (Kyle), and Daulton Henderson (Savanna); 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale Anderson (Dawn); and a sister-in-law, Sue Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to the Dr. Nancy Czaicki Memorial fund at 212059350032228. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon Friday, April 26, 2024, St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Jean Hutchings

Susan said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2024 at 4:51 PM

Thinking of you Dianne. So very sorry for your loss.

  • O Fallon
  • IL.
Randy and Pam McDonald said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2024 at 10:34 AM

Dean and Rachel; We are so sorry for your loss. Although we only met Jean once, we feel we knew her through you and Rachel. Loved all the stories over the years about your mom and your family. Today, reading about the full life Jean lived for so many years is inspiring! We send our love and prayers to the entire Hutchings family. Randy, Pam and Mandy

  • Skiatook
  • Ok
RB and Helen Hall said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2024 at 9:44 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jean Hutchings! We only knew her through our son-in-law, Hutch. We loved the stories he told us about this remarkable, beautiful woman, his precious mother! We know Jean is happy in her forever home—.heaven! May the Lord give all of you an extra measure of HIS love, peace, and comfort as you grieve and at the same time celebrate the life of your precious loved one 🙏🙏🙏

  • Kingsland
  • Texas
Wanda Harris said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2024 at 8:27 PM

My deepest condolences to you and your family. I knew Jean through Avon and considered her a good friend. We had a lot of fun at Avon functions, and she was always willing to help if possible. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers that God will help you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • IL

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