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Private services for Nevada City native Rita Hutchison were conducted at Forest View Cemetery in Nevada City.

Ms. Hutchison died Wednesday, Feb. 12, after a long illness at a local convalescent hospital. She was 95.

She was born Sept. 7, 1907, in Nevada City, to Bessie Davey and William H. Hutchison. She worked for the Nevada City office of the State Forest Service and the Nevada County Clerk’s office in her younger days. She and her twin sister Ruth inherited the Dickerman Drug Store in Nevada City from their aunt in 1954 and continued to operate it until Ruth died in 1973. Rita Hutchison then operated the drug store until 1989, when she retired at the age of 82. She was a longtime member and two-year treasurer of the Nevada City Soroptimist Club and a charter member of the Nevada City Business and Professional Women’s Club. In 1977, she was the BPWC Business Woman of the Year.



She is survived by her niece, Mary Margret Purviance of Marysville; nephew, Eldon Hutchison of Napa; five great-nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers William and Harold Hutchison, twin sister, Ruth Hutchison; and nephew, Harold Hutchison Jr.




Arrangements were under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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