Rev Hutchinson, 65, died last Tuesday in hospital after taking suddenly ill just a few days earlier. She had retired earlier this year as Priest in Charge of the parishes of Ardclinis, Tickmacrevan, Layde and Cushendun.
In his funeral address in St Cedma’s Church, Archdeacon Stephen Forde shared her favourite Scripture passage, from Proverbs 3, verses 5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge the Lord, and he will make your paths straight,” he said.
“It was that strong, straight-forward Christian conviction which led Moreen Hutchinson to the day of her ordination to the ministry of the Church of Ireland in June, 2001. That was perhaps one of the most special days of Moreen’s entire life, a day which marked the transition from the first part of Moreen’s life as a civil servant, to the next part in a full-time ministry of service to God’s people and God’s Church,” Archdeacon Ford said.