Margaret Ellen Hutchens Hahn, 94, passed away peacefully of natural causes on March 2, 2022 at Canterbury Villa in Alliance, Ohio.
She was born in Canton, Ohio to Johnathan J. and Erma (Schory) Hutchens.
Margaret is survived by her daughters, Sue Nash Grove (Andy), Shari Nash McCrea (Dave), Mary Nash Strong (Kevin); son, David Phillippi (Carrie); and brother, Paul Hutchens. She was blessed with eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Ruth Ann and John Edward.
Peggy moved to Alliance in 1950. If you grew up in Alliance in the 1960s -1970s and learned to swim, it’s likely Peggy was your instructor! The little lady with the big whistle taught over 1,000 Alliance-area residents over 20 years through the American Red Cross, of which she was very proud. Her children would all follow suit as water safety instructors.
Peggy was rarely seen without a smile – unless she was concentrating on a Bridge game and then she became the fiercest of competitors, regularly playing in several Bridge clubs.
Peggy grew up surrounded by music. She played the flute and violin in high school. She became First Chair Violinist for the Canton Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Lehman High School and Muskingum College with an English degree, Peggy enjoyed a lengthy career in banking, retiring from United Bank. She was awarded the Volunteer Award. She also was a substitute teacher at Alliance High School for many years.
The community benefited greatly from Peggy’s various volunteer efforts. She was very active with the Alliance YWCA for many years. In 1977 she was honored as a volunteer of the Victim-Witness Coordinator Program from the Canton Prosecutor’s Office. Peggy was a member of Union Avenue Methodist Church and a monthly craft group. She had a passion for knitting and loved knitting hundreds of hats to give away. She gave knitted hats to her church for the annual children’s Christmas Tree, local organizations and sent them to the Rock Creek Ohio Public Library to be distributed to homeless children and to children in Brazil.
Although dementia would take her memories, she was peaceful and happy in nursing home care, enjoying art projects, coloring, bingo, singing, and frequent family visits.
Peggy’s family is grateful to eldest daughter Sue for her steadfast and tender loving care of their mom these past 15 years.
The family would also like to extend special thank you to the Canterbury Villa staff and Aultman Alliance Hospice for their special care and compassion they gave to Peggy.
Memorial contributions in Peggy’s name may be made to Aultman Alliance Hospice, 270 E. State St. Suite 130, Alliance, OH. 44601.
The family will welcome visitors on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home with a service to follow officiated by Rev. Timothy Muse. Interment will be at Fairmount Memorial Park.
The funeral service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at the bottom of her obituary on the funeral home's website.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home 75 South Union Ave Alliance, Ohio 44601.