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In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Cousin, Friend Rachel Williametta Tulu Girl Hutchins

Sunrise: June 4th, 1950 – Sunset: January 08, 2022

Revelation 21:4: and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful transition of Our Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, and Friend, Ms. Rachel Williametta Tulu Girl Hutchins who passed away after a brief illness on January 08, 2022, at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Ms. Rachel Williametta Tulu Girl Hutchins, the daughter of Harriette Minor (nee) White (pre-deceased) and Henry Olaf White (the only father that she knew) (pre-deceased) was born on June 4th, 1950, in Cape Palmas, Mary Land County, Liberia.

Tulu Girl grew up and lived in BTC and Buzzy Quarters in Monrovia where she received her former education, attending the Demonstration School on Camp Johnson Road and BW Harris Episcopal School. She left for the United States right after to join her new husband (former) Bennie Harryson, Sr. After a few years she returned to Liberia where she worked for the Liberian Government for a few years before returning to the US with her family where she lived for over forty-five (45) before her passing in her adopted home state of Rhode Island.

Throughout her years, she gained remarkable skills in many fields, such as planning and economic development, cosmetology, hotel logistics, and retired from her working years as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the medical field. Rachel received her cosmetology training in New York and her nursing diploma from the Henry O. Peabody School of Nursing in Massachusetts.

Rachel enjoyed telling stories. She even won an award for being the best storyteller in her nursing class. She was an encouraging mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She would want to make you run to play the lottery daily with the way she would feel her fingers tingling anytime she thought that her winning numbers would be picked. She was that person. The type of person who if you told her an idea, may not like it at first, but would come back later and say, “you know what, maybe you should try it because you never know.” She loved traveling and was always ready to explore a new place just so she could come back and say, “I’ve been there, and I want to buy my tiny house there. Her garden and flowers were another great passion of hers. Oh, they way she took such great care to tend to and talk to them and would take pride in how well they would flourish. She was a great energy to be around and loved to see everyone enjoying each other at outings.

Rachel leaves to cherish her memories her sisters, Henrietta Tonia (Toto) White Holder, Siatta Victoria White, Gwendolyn Felicity White, and Maude White (nee) Russell (foster sister). Pre-deceased are Precious Lydia Maima White and Wokie White.
Her Six children, Melvin Williams (Akeisha), Fritz Harryson (Jocelyn), Bennie Harryson, Jr, Derek Harryson (Mary), Samantha Hutchins and Clifton Hutchins. Eight Grandchildren, Benjamin, Dante, Beau, Payton, Faizon, Melik, Aydin, and Derek Jr.

Also left to cherish her memories are a host of nieces and nephews: Harriet Holder (her first daughter), Hilary Holder, Jr. Sheldon Holder, Henrietta Amie Massaquoi, James Massaquoi, Lance Gray, Momo Gray, Malcolm Sobboh, Michael Sobboh, Kelvin Kennedy, Alexzene Capehart, Precious Lydia Capehart, Scarlet White, Corinth GeeGee Harrison and two (2) great nieces - Nia Richards and Gwendolyn Massaquoi.

Cousins, Sarah Marpee Swen, Sophia Hnede Freeman, Linda Rose, Christine, Victoria Minor. Spencer Minor, Wade Minor, Rochford Minor and Charlesetta Minor, (John Minor and Tarly Minor (pre-deceased), Nora Crusoe, Charlotte Harmon, Malvenia Harmon, other relatives and friends in the USA, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana, W. Africa. She also leaves to mourn many wonderful friends. Some are: - Josephine “Joko” Willie, Danlette Norris, Gwendolyn Dennis, Bea Barclay, Theresa Hoff, Prince Hoff, Elizabeth Houtaling, Mary, Ankie, Lucinda and many more.

She also leaves the memory that no matter what you do, she loves you!
May the Soul of our Beloved Mother Rachel WilliamettaTulu Girl Hutchins Rest In Perfect Peace and May Light Perpetual Shine Upon Her Until We Meet Again.

Many Thanks to Everyone for your Love and Support! The Family!


Funeral Services:

Friday, January 21, 2022
9am – 12pm
Bell Funeral Home
571 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

North Burial Ground
North Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island, USA