HAMILTON, Veronica Irene "Vera," 93, of Arlington, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013. Ms. Hamilton was born in New York City on February 29, 1920 to the late Tracy Alvin Hamilton of Richmond, Va. and Irene Messemer Hamilton of New York, N.Y. She was briefly married in 1948 to Laurence Maloney of New Brighton, N.Y., whom she later divorced. She served as a Chief Yeoman Officer in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1948. She briefly attended New York University, studying archaeology and later studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Hamilton moved to Richmond in 1951 to be with her late grandmother, Jo Beale Carter Gentry of Grace Street. During her period in Richmond, she worked for several years as private secretary to W. B. Thalhimer of the former Thalhimers Department Store. In 1957, she entered the Foreign Service, working in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in some 20 countries over a 25-year period. She returned to Virginia after her retirement, residing in Arlington. Ms. Hamilton had a long and active interest in veterans affairs, genealogy, historic preservation and the protection of animals. She was particularly proud and knowledgeable of her family ties to Virginia since the 17th century and actively contributed to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Virginia Historical Society. She was a member of the American Legion, DACOR, American Foreign Service Organization and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She enjoyed traveling, painting and was prodigious in the art of letter writing. In addition to her parents, Ms. Hamilton was predeceased by four beloved brothers, Tracy, Francis, Raymond and Robert. She is survived by her daughter, Laurel Milano of Wilmington, Del.; sister-in-law, Eugenie Hamilton of the Bronx, N.Y.; three nieces, Maureen Ippolito, Francine Revella and Patricia Hamilton; four nephews, Presley Hamilton, Kenneth Hamilton, Christopher Hamilton and Robert Hamilton; as well as eight great-nieces, three great-nephews, four great-great-nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins in Virginia. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013 at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, N.Y.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.