Joan Martin Hutchings, age 82, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Josephine Martin and lived in the Galena area all her life. She was a 1947 graduate of Galena High School.

Joan worked at the Galena Water Department for approximately four years, and then worked for Empire District Electric Company for 33 years until she retired in January of 1992.

Joan was a member of the Sixth Street Baptist Church, Galena, Kan. since birth. She was also a member of the Snackettes bowling team in Galena for many years.

She married Bud Hutchings in December 1985. He preceded her in death on February 27, 2008. Two brothers, Gerald Martin and Maurice Martin and a sister, Nancy Martin also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Chris M. Richardson and wife, Donna of Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Paul Martin and wife Lil, Abilene, Kan.; two granddaughters, Kari Takach and husband Matt of Kennett, Mo.; and Kelly Richardson of Carl Junction, Mo.; one grandson, Kyle Richardson and wife, Brandi, of Alba, Mo.; one stepson, Kenny Grant, Baxter Springs, Kan.; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. , Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. with Pastor Keith Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sixth Street Baptist Church, Galena, KS.