Not having heard of Colleen Hutchins before today, and having read the articles
about her since her passing, I do not believe that she would have been appalled
at reading the article and the possible mistake which states that she graduated
from the U of U. Who knows but what she received a degree from there after
graduating from BYU? And her personality doesn't seem the type to become
appalled at a newspaper article making a mistake. She appears to be a person of
Marrying outside of the Church does not a bad Mormon make. And sometimes, a
non-LDS person is a better example than a "good" LDS person. This, coming from
a woman who has been married to a man outside of the Church, and now, to a good,
kind, loving and worthy member of the Church. I have a daughter-in-law that
espouses no religion, yet raises her children with strong moral values, and sets
a better example than members of ANY faith.
It is indeed sad that both the Miss America pageant and the Mormon church have
become anachronisms of the past.
Why didn't she raise her children to be LDS?
Kiki Vandeweghe's Mom is a member!!! No way. And Miss America winner. This blows
me away. Who knew? I'm not even kidding.Thats crazy. Good for her!
She sounds like a remarkable lady.
she was wise beyond her years. She went to the kids' practices and actually
watched them. She did not read a book, text, email, or dance. She went to
watch her children.There is a message in there people. I am not LDS
but I can see a wise woman when the evidence is so overwhelming.Also
helps to have good genes too. But how many of adults go to their kids games,
etc., and then turn them off and tune them out by using that cell phone or book?
yeah, they get the message alright.
I am relatively close with the family, and I appreciate the tone of the article.
One note however, is that Colleen was a graduate of BYU, and would be appalled
to learn of the mistake in this article. Her brother Mel was an All-American
basketball player for BYU who went on to become a 4-time NBA All-Star for the
Pistons and the Knicks.
I have enjoyed the articles on this lovely lady. I was born in 1952 in Alberta
Canada. My middle name is Colleen and my mom glued a 1952 newspaper article
about this Mormon Miss America in my baby book. I didn't know much about her
until now. I am so pleased to hear that she had a good life and a wonderful
family. I shall now add these news articles to my scrap book about a woman whose
values and example blessed the lives of many people. Oh by the way, I have 1
daughter and three granddaughters with Colleen as their middle name!
Other Latter-day saint young women have represented themselves and the Church
well over the years in the Miss America pageant. Rosanne Tueller was Miss
Washington D.C. in 1962 and went on to become first runner-up in the 1963 Miss
America pageant. She was, and continues to be, an inspiration to her family and
those around her.
I think "Jimmy" may have been referring to President David O. McKay at the time
Cecil B. De Mille was filming the movie, "The Ten Commandments." It was said
that quite a friendship developed between them. Mr. De Mille once said to
President McKay that "...you almost persuadeth me to be a Mormon."
RE.: Jimmy | 10:51 a.m. April 6, 2010Jimmy, you've been poisoned by
the misconceptions in your own mind. Let loose of your hate. The one thing you
need to focus on is the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ. HE can heal
your soul.If you went to an LDS ward today you would see the focus
on Christ as the center of the gospel. The importance of the family revolves
around leading Christ-centered lives.All of this leads back to your
losing your testimony of the fact that Joseph Smith saw the Father and His Son
Jesus in that Sacred Grove. Get it back and all else will fall in line. That
vision "proves" the fact that God the Father and Christ re ALIVE and REAL. And
that this is Christ's gospel.
I like Napoleon Dynamite as well. This was a short but sweet article. It's
probably all you know about the woman, so please withhold any judgment of her
until you get the whole story. And when you do judge her, be careful, as the
yardstick you use to judge others will be the same yardstick the Lord uses for
Jimmy..........don't know what religion Your talking about. Men wear color'd
shirts at my ward all the time. You think they are kicked out? In my ward,
Christ is the center. I was taught God first, family second, work third......and
if you have ever been to the temple, you would of known that. We had so many
talks about not judging what people wear to church in conference this past week.
And please tell me what Prophet rubbed shoulder's with Hollywood?As far as
the bishop withholding hubcaps, you got me there. Never heard of that one.
Sounds like a Bishop with a sense of humor to me.Lighten Up!!
If she was such a paragon of Mormon virtue, why did she marry outside of the
Thanks so much for this story--very uplifting. What a great lady Colleen is and
what a wonderful family she has--forever!
The family was in my home ward in Los Angeles, she and the kids were LDS. It was
nice to see Heather quoted in the article. I had been trying to find her on
Those were the days, I miss them. We had a Miss America, The Prophet rubbed
shoulders with Hollywood directors, the church worshipped Christ, not the
worship of "the family" as is the focus today. We could wear colored shirts and
flashy suits to church, missions were optional,and the Bishop would hold our
hubcabs "randsome" until we contributed to the ward budget!
long legs Tall walks with grace and stylePersonality goes along
way~RIP Collen KH
This article is particularly touching to me as I was born and named after her by
my father the year following her crowning. I knew that he got the idea for my
name from a Miss America Pageant winner, but it wasn't until after I was
baptized that I realized that particular Miss America winner was a Mormon. None
of my family is LDS. I was baptized when I was 22 and am so very grateful to be
a Latter-Day Saint. I've always felt discouraged and a little lonely that I'm
the only one in may family that is a member but it's quite meaningful to me that
I was inadvertently named after a wonderful member of the church who
incidentally is a Miss America Pageant winner. Thank you for this article. It
means so much to me.
Thank you, a wonderful story. Like her daughters I didn't know. You made my
A blogger wrote in when Colleen died and made the claim that she had converted
to Catholicism at the time of her marriage. I guess it just goes to show you
that you shouldn't believe everything that bloggers write. I'm glad that
Colleen continued to stand up for her faith and was a great wife and mother.
I'm happy this man was baptized while his wife was still alive. Was she able to
enjoy the moment or was her illness too much for her to know what was happening.
What an inspiring story. I am impressed that the Miss America title didn't
define this woman. I heard of another Miss America who had decorated the entry
way of her home with all the Miss America memorabilia. She sounds like an
inspiration to her children as well as those around her.