Doris Nell Winn Hamilton, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with our Lord on December 3, 2015, after a brief illness. She was born February 16, 1930, in Mexia, TX, and grew up in Waco. Doris was the only child of the late James Madison Winn and Alice Scott Winn of Mexia and Waco. She married Todd C. Hamilton on July 15, 1950. Todd and Doris have been residents of Clear Lake and League City, Texas, since 1994.
Doris is survived by her husband, Dr. Todd C. Hamilton, and by their four children: Todd Hamilton, Jr. and wife, Carol, Baton Rouge; Scott Hamilton and wife, Mendy, Waco; Ginger Hamilton and husband, Michael Westley, Menlo Park, CA; and Joy Bradbury and husband, Robert, Clear Lake. Doris is the grandmother of Glencora Boudreaux, Baton Rouge; Major Jason Hamilton, USAF, Lorton, VA; MSG Jeff Hamilton, USAF, Anchorage, AK; Ryan Salzman, PhD, Bellevue, KY; Corinne Todd, Fort Worth; Lisa Torrealba, Cambridge, MA; and Kevin Bradbury, Clear Lake. She is the great grandmother of Adam, Tara, Christian, Carina, Nathan, Nina, and Fiona.
Doris graduated from Waco High School in 1947. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish at Baylor University, where she met and married Todd. As the wife of a pastor and seminary professor, Doris enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage and ministry. Their first fifteen years were spent serving in Baptist churches in Louisiana, including New Orleans, Natchitoches, Shreveport, and Minden.
For 26 years, Doris and Todd served as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Convention and the International Mission Board at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City. Doris served in many capacities at the seminary, including Library Director, Registrar, and English teacher. During their years of missionary work, they circled the world three times, toured many overseas locations, and made many dear friends all around the world.
After retiring from the IMB, Todd and Doris lived in Copperas Cove, TX, and served at Southern Hills Baptist Church. They later moved to the Clear Lake area, where they joined the new Calvary Baptist Church, now the Magnolia Creek Baptist Church. Todd later served, with Doris by his side, as pastor of the Evangelical Formosan Church in Webster for 13 years, where they developed many deep friendships and joyfully involved themselves in the lives of many new families. Most recently, Doris and Todd joined University Baptist Church and have been active with the Voyagers class.
Doris often entertained guests in their home. She was a talented seamstress who enjoyed making quilts and blankets for family and friends. She especially was delighted with new babies and growing families at their churches. Doris was a cancer survivor and a volunteer counselor for 15 years with the
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A memorial service for Doris will be held Saturday, December 12, at 10:30 AM at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, Houston 77059, followed by a reception. All friends are invited to join in remembering and celebrating her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary Hamilton/Abugan Endowment Fund" c/o University Baptist Church or to the