EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a seven-part series profiling the women chosen as the 2007 Women of Distinction by the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

Evelyn Hutchings’ formula for life sounds fairly simple.

“My philosophy is to enjoy my work,” Hutchings said, “to make friends and to help people the the best I can — to do the best I can whatever I do.”

Hutchings, the public relations, assistant cashier for Mills County State Bank, has lived in Brown County for 55 years, but her roots go back further than that in Central Texas. She grew up in Mullin. She’s been working in the banking business for at least 30 years, she said.

“I am so blessed to be able to still work 40 hours a week and do volunteer services at 76 years young,” Hutchings said. “I look around and see people, younger, who can’t work, and I know I’m blessed.”

Hutchings said she’s also been blessed by the many good people who have touched her life and helped her.

“I believe it has to be that way,” she said. “You try to pass on or share what you’ve been given.”

“I’ve lived a long time, so my list is long of all the many people who have been special in my life — my parents and grandparents were the first. It was my parents who taught me, first I think, that to be able to work was a joy — and that was back when work was hard. Work meant we were out in the fields picking cotton.”

Among the most special, she said, are the Head family members, whom she’s known always, but has worked for and with at Mills County State Bank. And of special note, Hutchings said, is Coleta Newton, who was MCSB manager at the Early branch when Hutchings went to work there in 1983.

Hutchings was named chamber board member of the year in 2001 and Early Citizen of the Year in 2000 and Early Ambassador of the Year in 2006 by the Early Chamber of Commerce.

A widow, Hutchings has one daughter and three grandsons. She is a member of the United Methodist Church of Blanket.

“If I have a problem,” Hutchings said, “I try to remember I need to ‘let go and let God’ — and I need not to pick the problem back up again. Sometimes that’s not easy to do, but it’s what works. We need to give it to God and let Him keep it.”

But she said she thinks the most important thing a child can know is that he or she is loved.

“Kids make my heart melt. This day and age, children don’t know they’re loved. The world’s too busy,” Hutchings said. “People don’t have enough family time.”

To make a reservation for the third annual Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction luncheon, call the Heart of Texas Council office at 646-1516. Luncheon tickets are $30 per person and reservations are required The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 17, at the Brownwood Country Club. This year’s honorees are Bradlee Dodds, Evelyn Hutchings, Nancy Jo Humfeld, Katy Lord, Priscilla Monson, Kit Timmins and Michelle Wasson.