Anna Marie (Schmidt) Hutchison died Dec. 19, 2015 at the age of 70. An Oakhurst resident and business owner since 1974, she was born May 19, 1945 in Houston, Texas to Henry and Florence Terpe Schmidt.
Mrs. Hutchison received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tulane University in 1967, teaching severely retarded children in Marysville, Tennessee. She later moved to New York City in 1970 to work in the media division of TelePrompTer Corporation, where she was responsible for the company’s film library and for managing their NASCAR network connectivity.
In 1974, she relocated to Oakhurst with her current husband George Sitts. The couple had purchased the local Hillview Cable TV system. They gradually acquired nearby cable systems and operated as Eagle North Cable TV.
In 1978, they began the Sierra Home Advertiser, which was later sold and merged into The Sierra Star. During that same year, she became a Certified Financial Planner, licensing for stock and bond sales.
She authored ‘IRA Investing Made Easy,’ and sponsored financial planning seminars in both California and Washington state. She was active in the California Cable Television Association as their chairwoman, frequently lobbying on that industry’s behalf in Sacramento and Washington DC.
She served as president of the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce in 1978. She was instrumental in the formation of the first local savings and loan, 49er Savings, and served as its chairman. She was named Soroptimist Woman of the Year, and was active in the Saint Raphael Episcopal Church outreach programs.
Mrs. Hutchison was an avid hiker and backpacker, loved to travel and study German culture.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Donald.
Mrs. Hutchison is survived by her husband of Oakhurst, and her brother Henry of Navasota, Texas.
Private memorial gatherings are planned in Oakhurst and Texas.