Date of Birth: January 06, 1941
Date of Death: August 03, 2019
Hermelinda “Mellie” Hutchins, or better known as Nana, peacefully passed away in her sleep at home on August 3rd, 2019. Nana was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born in Chimayo, New Mexico on January 6th, 1941. She had four children, one that preceded her in death, Delfina Pontious, twelve grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Nana is remembered by her living children, Evangeline Geshell, Elizabeth DeWitt, Estanislado Peña, and their families. For the past seven years, she lived with her daughter, Vangie, in Arizona after living with her husband, Jim in Texas. She previously lived in Arizona where she raised her children. Nana was impossibly strong, loving, faithful, outrageously funny, and beautiful inside and out. This past year was not easy for Nana as her heart started to fail her, but she made the most of her time and loved every moment that she was able to spend with her family and her dog babies, Chica and Chemi. Nana made quick friends with everyone she met and touched the hearts of many people. She was famous for her cooking but most notably her homemade tortillas and red and green chiles. If Nana was cooking, you knew to expect a packed house. It brought her great joy to make sure everyone had their fill and more than their fill if she could convince them. She has passed on many recipes over the years and we are all happy to carry on cooking her New Mexican-inspired dishes. Nana was also known for her sewing and quilting. There are many Nana originals out in the world, known lovingly to all of us as Quillows. All of her sisters, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and some friends have been blessed with receiving a personalized quillow from her. It is hard to express how deeply Nana was loved and will be missed. It is also hard to find all of the right words to describe just how special she was in a few paragraphs. To know Nana was to love Nana. She was generous, devoted to her family, a jokester, and an all-around wonderful woman. We would love to hear your Nana stories or anything that you would like to share from your time with her. Please take a moment to send us your favorite moment or memory.
A memorial/ funeral service is being planned and will be scheduled for the fall of 2019. We will have an update once the details are set, for anyone that would like to attend.