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Episcopal Minister Dovie Hutchinson Dies

Episcopal Minister Dovie Hutchinson Dies



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Rev. Dovie Hutchinson, one of the first group of women to be ordained in the Episcopal Church in Utah, died Saturday in a hospital of pneumonia. She was 88.

Her ordination in June 1988 closely followed the 2.4 million-member church's decision to admit women to the clergy. A member of the Church of the Resurrection in Bountiful since 1965, Hutchinson was ordained a deacon in 1987.

The Rev. Dan Webster, a church spokesman, said Hutchinson watched her congregation grow from a mission worshipping at the Bountiful Jeep Posse headquarters, where the walls were decorated with trophy heads of deer and elk, to sharing space with the Bountiful Community Church, a former bank branch where she hung her vestments in the old vault.

Hutchinson also was ecumenical officer for the diocese, attending national conferences on Christian unity as a representative of the Episcopal Church in Utah.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter. Her husband, J. Harold Hutchinson, died in 1976.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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