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Harriet Lowndes Rhett Maybank Hutson

Harriet Lowndes Rhett Maybank Hutson
  • December 28, 1938 - June 15, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Aiken Rhett House Fund
    c/o Historic Charleston Foundation
    40 East Bay Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • St. Philip's Church
    142 Church Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I knew Harriett as a fellow faculty wife at Christ School Our husbands were students at Christ School in the '40's during the 2nd War. We returned...Read More »
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“I am so sorry to hear of Ms Harriet's passing. She was such a wonderful woman, and quite the strong personality. I am blessed to have known her and...Read More »
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Harriet Lowndes Rhett Maybank Hutson, 78 of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of Henry Critchfield Hutson entered into eternal rest on June 15, 2017. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 in St. Philip's Church, 142 Church Street at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC.

Harriet was born December 28, 1938 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late John Frampton Maybank and Lavinia Ingelsby Huguenin Maybank.

She attended Charleston Day School, graduated from Ashley Hall, and then enrolled in the Villa Mercede School in Florence, Italy, where she studied abroad for one year.

Upon returning to Charleston, Harriet volunteered for Historic Charleston Foundation conducting tours during the Festival of Houses and Gardens. She was an active Sunday school teacher and volunteer at St. Philip's Church. Harriet married "Heno" and moved to Christ School in Arden, North Carolina where she nurtured and provided guidance for thousands of young men. While she was on campus she was also an active volunteer in the Asheville community. She was a member of the French Broad River Garden Club and worked with women in the community on mountain crafts.

Harriet spread her inimitable joy, love and guidance to young people when Harriet and Heno led Sewanee Academy and continued her impact in the mountain community. She was a member of the Fortnightly Club and active with Otey Parish and her children's lives. Harriet and Heno returned to Charleston in 1987 and she immersed herself in her hometown community working for the Historic Charleston Foundation at the Aiken Rhett House which was her true passion and love. She also enjoyed her time over the years at Stoll's Alley, Porgy and Bess and the Boutique where she loved her interactions with visitors and all Charlestonians. Harriet was a member of the Ivy Garden Club, the Lowcountry Garden Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina.

Her greatest joy was sharing her love of Charleston, its history and traditions with all whom she came into contact. Harriet had an insatiable love of people which was infectious. Her impact to the city and generations of people is immeasurable.

Harriet is survived by her daughter, Mary Pope Maybank Hutson of Sweet Briar, VA; son, William Elliott Hutson, II and his wife Bonnie Stevenson of Charleston, SC; sister, Lavinia Maybank Grimball of Charleston, SC; brother, Thomas Huguenin Maybank and his wife Bee of Rocky Face, GA; sisters-in-law: Helen S. Maybank and Ann E. Maybank of Charleston, SC; and many nieces and nephews.

Harriet was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Henry; and her brothers: John Frampton Maybank and David Huguenin Maybank.

Memorials may be made to the Aiken Rhett House Fund, c/o Historic Charleston Foundation, 40 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or St. Philip's Church, 142 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401.