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07/10/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Doris Huffer Hutton

Doris Huffer Hutton
(12 May 1922 - 29 June 2010)

Boonsboro High School (MD) Class of 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I am deeply saddened today to announce the death of our beloved elementary school band teacher. Doris Huffer Hutton, Boonsboro High School (MD) Class of 1940, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 88.

   Mrs. Hutton provided so many of us with our earliest real musical training, and I think of her often. Even beyond teaching us the basics of music, she frequently imparted insights to life itself and its joys and disappointments. I recall her saying that as a child she had always dreamed of becoming a coloratura soprano, yet as she matured, she found herself a contralto instead. The important thing to remember at such times was how to accept such changes gracefully and gratefully. She was a great woman, and I appreciate the opportunity I had of being her student for three years at Magruder and Walter Reed.

 From the Daily Press - 07/10/10:

                    Doris Huffer Hutton

    FORT MYERS, FLA. - Doris Huffer Hutton, 88, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Calusa Harbour Assisted living in Fort Myers, Fla.

Doris was born in Boonsboro, Md., on May 12, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Alfred Calvin and Otilia (Pearce) Huffer.

Doris graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1940, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1944 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and the College of William and Mary in 1960 with a Masters degree in Elementary School Administration. She taught vocal music at South Potomac Jr. High in Hagerstown, Md., and Hampton, Va.; and elementary band in Newport News, Va., until retirement. She also taught private piano.

She was an ordained Minister of Music in the United Methodist Church and served in that capacity at several churches in Virginia and Fort Myers.

Doris was a primary developer of the Shenandoah Alumni Association and served as president for many years. She was one of several Huffer family members to graduate from Shenandoah over the past 100 years. Doris' aunt, Vida (Huffer) McAdams graduated in 1909; her father in 1915; and her sister, Eula (Huffer) Swain in 1946. Her influence was substantial as the historic institution moved from a college/conservatory in Dayton, Va., to a fully-accredited university in Winchester, Va.

Doris is survived by her husband of 62 years, Henry Hutton of Fort Myers; sister, Eula (Huffer) Swain of Williamsport, Md.; brother, Alfred C. Huffer Jr. of Delmar, Md.; nephew, Andreas Huffer; nieces, Marcia Swain and Lisa (Huffer) Harbaugh; and several grand nieces and nephews. Doris is also survived by sister-in-law, Belle (Hutton) Eutsey of Zellwood, Fla.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home in Boonsboro, Md., and at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Myers. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Boonsboro Cemetery.

Arrangements in care of Anderson-Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services, Fort Myers, Fla., and Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, Boonsboro, Md. Online condolences may be made by visiting and
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Published in the Daily Press from July 10 to July 11, 2010. Visit Guest Book


July 10, 2010
I recall growing up with Mrs. Hutton as our neighbor, and that as a little guy I was a little frightened by her. As I became older, I recognized her and Mr. Hutton as wonderful neighbors and friends. I'll always remember her laugh that could be heard into our yard next door, that she always kept food out for birds and squirrels, and Mr. Hutton was on a never ending battle with the Magnolia leaves. Love and Peace to you all. Sean Boerner

July 11, 2010

Mrs. Hutton was my music director from 7th-9th grades at Thorpe Jr. High School. She was an excellent teacher, vocalist and director. She expected hard work and respect and if she didn't get the results she wanted, one could see the fire in her eyes! I will not forget her. I offer my prayers to her family.

~ Pamela N. Gailey, Gloucester, VA

July 11, 2010


This is a very impersonal way to offer my sympathy but I don't know how to contact you. I always appreciated so much what kind and thoughtful friends you and Doris were to my parents and Chris enjoyed seeing you in Florida. You have my sincerest condolences.

~ Julia Lindsay Arndt, Lexington, VA

July 12, 2010

This message is from Doris and Henry's niece. Thank you for your kind words, I will print these messages for Henry and send them to him as I am in Maryland. I will be visiting with Henry soon. Thanks again!

July 12, 2010

I learned to play saxophone in the 5th grade at Magruder Elementary, under the tutelage of Mrs. Hutton. In 7th grade she encouraged me to play the baritone sax, even though my hand wouldn't stretch far enough to play a low C. Now, almost 50 years later, nearly every aspect of my life has been influenced by music; it was my major in college and I have played in bands since I was 15. And it all started with her showing me how to properly hold the horn. Thank you, Mrs. Hutton.

~ Peyton Clark, Apex, North Carolina

July 13, 2010

When I read Mrs. Hutton's obituary, a flood of childhood memories washed over me. She taught me keyboards and percussion in the 5th through 7th grades at Magruder Elementary, and I learned far more than just playing the instruments. She inspired me and every one of her students to be the best they could be. I will never forget her and those times - they were the most precious in my life, and I thank her for her presence and her positive influence. Rest in peace, Mrs. Hutton.

July 13, 2010

Doris and Henry have been my cruise clients at AAA Auto Club for the past 14 years and I have had the pleasure to work closely with them planning all their wonderful cruises around the world. Henry, I am so sad to hear of Doris's passing and will pray for you and your family.

~ Dawn Bancroft, Fort Myers, Florida

July 14, 2010



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Hutton's family, friends, and former students at this time.

  From Susan Whitcomb Harlin ('72) of TX - 07/13/10 - "Doris Huffer Hutton":


I remember Mrs. Hutton well. She was my band teacher for Grades 5-7 at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School (1965-67). There are a lot of good memories from those years. Thanks for posting this.

Susan Harlin
Class of '72

Susan Harlin, Photographer
Fine Art Photography. . .the Old Fashion Way.

   Thank you so much, Susan!

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - um, I am unable to locate that information at this time.

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