Shirley Peters Hutchison 89, of Middleburg, Va. passed away peacefully on January 7, 2017.

Shirley, the daughter of James W. and Marian H. Peters, grew up in New Canaan Connecticut and graduated from Kendall Hall School in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Her family relocated to Washington D.C. in the late 1940s.  It was there that she met and married Frederick L. “Fritz” Hutchison on April 7, 1951.  The couple first moved to Chatham, Virginia then to Amissville, Virginia before settling at Linwood Farm in Aldie, Virginia to raise their three children.  Shirley’s love of children especially the younger ones inspired her to found the Aldie Nursery and Kindergarten with Ms. Anna Gulick, which later became Middleburg Christian School.  She taught and inspired the children of her school for several decades before retiring in the mid-1980s.

When she was not teaching and raising her children, Shirley filled her time with volunteer service.  She was very involved with Loudoun Memorial Hospital, serving as an honored pink lady with over 40 years of service as a member of the Ladies Board.  She was also a long-time volunteer for the Annual Hospital Rummage Sale.  She was an active member of the Aldie Horticultural Society, a member of the Middleburg Tennis Club, and a member of the Colonial Dames of America.

She was always physically active, enjoying swimming, walking and playing tennis.  In the last six years, she was a very active walker and could be found enjoying her daily jaunts around the town of Middleburg.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, and her older sister Janet.  She is survived by her younger brother James Peters of Reisterstown, Maryland, daughter Linda of Santa Fe, New Mexico, sons James and John (wife Cheryl) of Aldie, Virginia, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Shirley and Fritz will be held February 17, 2017, at the Church of Our Redeemer, Aldie, Virginia at 11:00 am.

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