on May 13, 2013 - 10:43 PM
, updated May 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM
July 3, 1905 – April 4, 2013
Louise Hutt, a former teacher and dairy store owner who was active in the community, died April 4 at her home in Sun City, Fla. She was 107.
She never suffered from a chronic illness and never had surgery. Mrs. Hutt played golf into her 80s, swam throughout her 90s and was still playing bridge when she was 105.
Born in an apartment on Niagara Street in Black Rock, she attended Buffalo Schools 20 and 50. She was a teenager during World War I and lived through the flu epidemic of 1918, although her aunt and uncle died within a day of each other.
She earned a degree in elementary teaching from Buffalo Normal School, where she joined Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
The former Louise Fraser graduated in 1925 and taught in Schools 45 and 66. She gave up the job when she married Lester Hutt in 1928.
The couple raised their family in Kenmore, where they lived for 40 years. Mr. Hutt was president of Hutt’s Dairy in Riverside. During World War II, the dairy bought a dairy store near the Bell Aircraft and Westinghouse factories.
At the request of the government, the store stayed open 24 hours a day to accommodate the three shifts of workers at the plants during World War II. Mrs. Hutt spent 12 hours a day supervising the store.
She was a leader in many community organizations, and co-chairwoman of the fundraising drive to build Kenmore Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in Buffalo’s northern suburbs.
She was chairwoman of the Kenmore division of the Community Chest, president of the Alumna Chapter of her sorority, a volunteer at Buffalo General and Kenmore Mercy hospitals and a member of the Kenmore Girl Scouts board and the Erie County Girl Scouts Council.
She was president of the Altar Guild at the Episcopal Church of the Advent and of the Episcopal Church Home Associate Board of Managers. At the conclusion of her term on the Church Home board, she was instrumental in combining the men’s and women’s boards into one joint board.
She and her husband moved to Sun City in 1966, where he died in 1968.
Survivors include a son, Peter B., and a daughter, Sally Nelson.