Daphne McKay Hutchins

Obit- EA & ISL- HutchinsBAR HARBOR – Daphne McKay Hutchins, 82, died July 22, 2016 at Mount Desert Island Hospital. She was born April 20, 1934, in Bar Harbor, the daughter of Adrian and Virginia (Taylor) McKay.

Daphne grew up in Otter Creek and attended school in Otter Creek and Northeast Harbor. She was self-employed in her early years, working for a number of seasonal residences opening and closing cottages, assisting with laundry and cleaning.

She and her two boys made frequent trips throughout Northeast and Seal Harbor, where she had upward of 20 cottages she attended to. She later worked part time at the Otter Creek general store and post office. Through this she was able to move into a full-time postal position working in the Bar Harbor post office. She was employed as a letter carrier for over 20 years, a job she thoroughly enjoyed allowing her to see and talk with so many friends throughout her route.

She remarried in 1980 to her current husband, Milton Hutchins. They lived at their water front home at the head of Mount Desert Island. In 1988, they purchased a winter home in North Fort Myers, Fla. It was there that she had some of her best years. She volunteered for many programs and became well known and loved by so many residents of the park.

Daphne had an outgoing personality that warmed the hearts of many, family and friends alike. Her later years were difficult as her health deteriorated. Yet through the many hospitalizations she kept her quick wit and friendly smile as she developed some of her strongest bonds with the doctors and nurses at the hospital.

The family wishes to extend our gratitude to the staff at Mount Desert Island for all the care and support given through the years. Thanks to Gentiva and her many homecare givers, including her biggest caregiver, Milt. Their love and support allowed her to stay at home for as long as possible.

Daphne is survived by her husband of 36 years, Milton Hutchins, and a brother, Neil McKay, and significant other Linda Mason of Ellsworth; two children, Richard Higgins of Otter Creek, Stephen Higgins and wife, Kathleen, of Windham; stepchildren Tom Hutchins and wife, Brenda, of Iowa; Samuel Hutchins and wife, Sandie, of California, Susie Cregan and husband, Tom, of Pennsylvania; Judy Tucker and significant other Mike DiGangi of Ellsworth.

Grandchildren Justine Higgins and her daughter Aurelia Bea, Brian Higgins, Jeremy Tucker and his wife, Karen, and their children Tessa and Marshall, Jyl Tucker, Jennifer Tucker, Jay Tucker and daughter Macie, Nathan Hutchins and his wife Leah, Angie Hess and husband David, Andre, Tanya and Timothy Hutchins, Amanda Merrell and her husband, JR, MaryAnn Heatherby and husband, Josh; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Faith Robbins and her dearest friend, Charlotte Ouellette.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 30, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert, where a reception will follow. A private interment will be held at Otter Creek Cemetery.

Those who desire may make contributions in Daphne’s memory to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.



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