Marcia Corrine Hamilton, 85, passed away Jan. 8, 2011, at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore., after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Marcia was born in Riverside, Calif., June 12, 1925, to Ed and Lucy Simmons and grew up in the Owens Valley of California, where she met her husband, Roy. They moved to the Los Angeles area where together they raised their four children in Baldwin Park until Roy’s untimely passing in 1961.
Marcia always worked. During World War II she supported the war effort by inspecting aircraft parts. She also worked from home, lacing moccasins, sewing and baby-sitting. After Roy’s death Marcia went to beauty school while working and eventually owned and operated her own salon. Later she went back to school to earn her certification in medical records, eventually working as a consultant who resolved audit findings until her retirement.
Marcia’s children helped her move to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 where she settled in Olympia, Wash., where she could be close to many of her children and grandchildren. She joined Quiltmakers of Olympia and was a member of Westwood Baptist Church until she moved into an Alzheimer’s care facility in 2006.
Marcia will be remembered for her strength after Roy’s passing as she continued to provide for her four children. She loved working with her hands and at an early age learned to sew, knit, crochet, cook and garden. She made clothes for her children, including numerous sequin-adorned baton costumes for her daughters.
In her retirement she made toys, baby outfits and afghans, and quilted many items that were donated and given to her family to treasure for many generations.
Marcia is survived by a brother, Dwight Simmons, and his wife, Melba; a sister-in-law, Joanne Simmons, her four children: Gail Gregson, Dean Hamilton, Wayne Hamilton and Dian Gowen, and their spouses Tom Gregson, Dianna Hamilton, Daralee Hamilton and Bob Gowen; her grandchildren, Trevor, Nathan, Amanda, Anne and Elise; and her great-grandson, Rylan; friends and salt-of-the-earth care-givers.
A memorial will be held in Southern California at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org or 800-848-7976.
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