Barbara E. Hutchens, 87, of Spencer, Ind. and formerly of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2020 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

Born June 18, 1932 in Boxley, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Arnold Johnson and Artie Mae (Christy) Bailey.

On July 18, 1948 she married the love of her life Robert M. Hutchens. He passed away on Feb. 24, 1997.

Mrs. Hutchens enjoyed a lot of activities that seem to be falling by the wayside: crocheting, sewing and making blankets and quilts to name a few. She also enjoyed gardening, making lots of delicious meals using what she harvested, and then canning what was left. The one activity she enjoyed the most was getting to share these activities with her children and grandchildren.

She grew up in a large family and was always quick to point out to that she was the 13th of 15 children in her family. You grew what you ate and ate what you grew. Hand-me-downs were common and learning to sew was how you made them last. As for blankets, quilts, mittens, hats, etc., well, those are wintertime necessities. However, with that many children in the family, making your own was how you got them. Continuing these practices with her family, she was able to teach them skills that they would appreciate later in life, as well as give them wonderful memories (such as her famous strawberry and rhubarb pie) that they can enjoy forever.

Mrs. Hutchens lived for her family. In addition to her four children, she raised two of her grandchildren, Janet and Jewel, from a young age, as if they were her own. In addition, she had five more grandchildren and played an equally important role in their lives. She loved being a grandmother, but when the first great-grandchild was born, not to mention the great-great grandchildren, her excitement reached a whole new level. She was so proud of the fact that she had 16 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, and one that is still just a bun in the oven, and never missed an opportunity to tell you about them.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sue (Darrell) Nichols of Fillmore, Ind. and Donna Jo (Steve) Pickett of Spencer, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Janet Lynn (Mark) Snow, Jewel Anne (James) Grimes, Charity Ann Rhea, Susan Rae Bayless, Charles Robert Roach, Micah Alan Pickett and Daniel Joel Pickett; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren, with one on the way; and by her 3 remaining sisters, Lavina Cummings (sibling #12) of Arizona, Mildred Price (sibling #14) of Arizona and Elizabeth Sample (sibling #15) of Sheridan.

Other than her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; son John R. Hutchens; daughter, Pamela Hutchens-Wallace; six brothers, Lloyd, Jerrold, Floyd, Guy, Joe and Ferrell Bailey; and by five sisters, Rena Wallace, Wilma Bangle, Hollis Weaver, Rosamond Richards and Mary Huffer.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Elder Paul Fruth will be officiating.