(Riverton, WY) – 72-year-old Mary Ann Hutchison is retiring after working more than six decades at her family’s longtime local business, Davis Funeral Home.
Community members are invited to celebrate her retirement on Thursday, June 17th, from 4-6 pm at the Reach Foundation Clubhouse – 622 N. 8th West in Riverton. It is noted cards would be appreciated.
“The Davis Family Funeral Home has been a part of the Riverton community for 99 years; to serve the community with such love and passion was more than a job to Mary,” shared Jamey Kirkland, Davis Funeral Home vice-president.
She began working for her father Percy T. Davis when she was 11 years old but remembers helping before then with tasks like dusting and answering phones.
Mary and her youngest brother Bob are the third generation of the Davis family to work at the funeral home since her great-uncle Ernest Davis opened it in the early 1920s. Her husband Pat, Bob and his youngest son Adam are all continuing their family’s legacy.
“It’s kind of giving up my heritage; it’s been a family business forever,” she shared about retiring.
Mary’s grandfather sent her dad to work at the funeral home in Riverton after serving as a medic in WWII. “There were no jobs after the war when he returned home to Nebraska.” Percy purchased the business in 1951.
During her time there, she helped with several aspects of the funeral home. Ranging from fixing hair and makeup to accounting. She moved to the back office full-time in the late 80s but continued to help wherever it was needed.
Her favorite thing about working there was getting to work with all of the families over the years.
Mary is excited to spend time in her yard, visit grandkids in Laramie, getting more involved with things outside of the funeral home and enjoy friends a little bit more.
“When you get up to be in your 70s you don’t know how much time you’ve got,” she chuckled.
She also hopes to celebrate the Davis Funeral Home 100th anniversary next year.
Enjoy retirement, Mary!