In Loving Memory of Phyllis “PJ” Verploeg Hutchins.
Phyllis/PJ, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2023, at the remarkable age of 100. Born in Pella, Iowa, in 1923, PJ led a life filled with love, laughter, and a deep commitment to family, community, and the causes close to her heart.
PJ embarked on her journey through life with a passion for learning. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where she joined the Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated in 1945 with a BS in Business, and enjoyed a successful career as an executive secretary. Her academic accomplishments were just the beginning of a life characterized by resilience and dedication.
A member of PEO for more than 80 years, PJ was a pillar of support for the organization's mission to empower women through education. Her enduring commitment to this cause reflected her unwavering belief in the transformative power of education, inspiring generations to come.
In her later years, PJ dedicated herself to the American Ex-Prisoners of War (AX-POW) organization, passionately supporting her husband's healing journey after he endured the challenges of being a prisoner of war during World War II. Her involvement in this organization showcased her compassion and commitment to those who had experienced the profound impact of wartime service.
PJ's zest for life extended beyond her professional and charitable pursuits. She had a love for entertaining, creating cherished memories with friends and family through joyful gatherings. Her enthusiasm for card games brought laughter to countless evenings. After John and PJ retired, they traveled the US extensively attending countless AX-POW conventions together.
PJ was preceded in death by her husband, John, as well as her parents and two sisters. She will be dearly missed by her loving son John (Lisa) Hutchins, daughter Holly (Bob) Harker, grandchildren Erica Hutchins (Ben Lovejoy), Christy Hutchins, Seana Harker, Stephanie (Nick) Lind, and Brett (SJ) Harker. She is also survived by her first great-grandchild, Nash, who was born just in time to make Phyllis a great-grandmother.
PJ will be laid to rest with her beloved husband John at Fort Logan Cemetery, marking the reunion of two souls deeply connected in life and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to PEO International, Christian Living Communities, or Elevation Hospice Colorado.
Phyllis/PJ’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace, her spirit forever alive in the cherished moments and lessons she shared with all who were fortunate enough to be a part of her extraordinary journey.
The family will hold a private graveside memorial.