She then took jobs at the Paul Brown and W. E. Wilhelm ad agencies. She performed that work for more than a decade, then opened her own agency, working from a spare bedroom. She named the company O.K. Hutchins advertising.
"She was wheeling and dealing with radio stations, newspapers, TV and clients, all of whom wanted to promote their products," said her son, Stuart S. Hutchins of Winchester, Va. "She even made a TV ad with Charley Eckman and Artie Donovan."
John R. Merrill, former chairman of the music department at Gilman School whose tenure spanned more than three decades, died March 28 from complications of Parkinson's disease at his Roland Park home. He was 83.
She enjoyed art and made paper collages. She also traveled on trips sponsored by Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington Street, where she was a member.
In addition to her son, survivors include another son, Winston W. Hutchins of New York City; a daughter, Celeste Hutchins Diamond of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 29 years died in 1982.