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Muriel Charlotte "Merl" Hutchings Fortier
Birth: Jun. 16, 1899
Dawes County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1986
Yakima County
Washington, USA


Muriel Charlotte Hutchings was born June 16, 1899 in Crawford, Nebraska; the fifth child of Newman C. Hutchings (1853-1936) and Mary A. Baese (1858-1922).

At the age of three, she moved with her family to Yakima, Washington, where she grew up in the home that her father built at 605 N. Naches Avenue.

In her late teens, she played sheet music for her brother in law, Frank Lanterman in his radio and music shop. She also often substituted at the Capitol Theater, playing background music on the organ for the old silent movies.

In 1918, Muriel graduated from Yakima High School.

She went to work as a book keeper for T. J. Borthwick company and in 1919 she met Avilla Fortier, a clerk at the store. On August third, 1920, she married him.

The couple was wed at St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington (near Olympia). The priest who officiated was Avilla's uncle, Fr Clement Regimbal (1891-1933).

Muriel and Avilla raised four children in Yakima.

Muriel was a 50 year member of the Royal Neighbors of America, and a charter member of the Yakima Garden Club. Her hobbies were playing the piano and gardening.

Muriel Fortier passed away on January 20th, 1986 at Crescent Convalescent Nursing Home, her husband Avilla at her bedside.

At the time of her death, she was survived by her husband of sixty five years, four adult children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Yakima.

Aged 86 years, 7 months, 4 days

We also mourn the loss of her daughters, Mary Lou Fortier Walker (1923-1991), and Patricia Ann Parrish (1930-2008); and of Patricia's husband, Granville Lewis Parrish (1930-2014). Her son, Robert passed away in January of 2017.
Family links: 
  Newman C Hutchings (1853 - 1936)
  Mary A Baese Hutchings (1858 - 1922)
  Avilla Hilaire Fortier (1895 - 1987)
  Robert Avilla Fortier (1921 - 2017)*
  Mary Lou Fortier Walker (1923 - 1991)*
  Patricia Ann Parrish (1930 - 2008)*
  Lena B. Hutchings Lanterman (1879 - 1972)*
  Eva Lucille Hutchings Lane (1883 - 1934)*
  Anna Pearl Hutchings Hall (1885 - 1967)*
  Earl Charles Hutchings (1887 - 1984)*
  Muriel Charlotte Hutchings Fortier (1899 - 1986)
*Calculated relationship
Note: My Grandmother
Calvary Cemetery
Yakima County
Washington, USA
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Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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Muriel Charlotte Merl <i>Hutchings</i> Fortier
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Muriel Charlotte Merl <i>Hutchings</i> Fortier
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Muriel Charlotte Merl <i>Hutchings</i> Fortier
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Remembering you this Easter Sunday. Love,
- Grace
 Added: Apr. 16, 2017
Today would have been Bob's mother Muriel's 117th birthday. She was born June 16 1899, the same year as my Mother. Remembering you Mom, with love, Bob and
- Grace
 Added: Jun. 16, 2016
Birthday Remembrance, Love
- The Fortier Family
 Added: Jun. 16, 2016
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