Barbara Ann Hamilton, 79, of Sequim, Wash., previously of Bozeman, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2007. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Alfred C. Bourque and Anne Grace Potter.
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Barbara attended high school in Toronto, Ontario, and embraced a lifelong love of learning. Her inquisitive natures led to a job as an assistant in the publishing industry. Soon after, she met her loving husband, Carlton G. Hamilton. They married on Sept. 23, 1950, in Toronto.
In 1973, Barbara, Carlton and their three children, Anne, Paul, and Ian, along with their grandson, Sean, moved to Bozeman where they happily resided for 28 years. Recently, they moved to Washington to be closer to their younger grandchildren.
Friends and family will always cherish Barbara's kindness, loving advice, wit and compassion. With delightful smells of baked goods and whole made meals wafting from her door, Barb's open invitation to friends and family was enjoyed by many who not only treasured her tasty food, but her comforting nature. Barbara was always up for a good political, social or family debate, challenging those around her to think actively. She had a zest for life that was infectious to those around her. Swimming, biking and gardening brought Barbara great joy, as did quilting, reading and playing games. In fact, she was a ferocious Scrabble competitor, with a knack for wrangling in players. She will be missed dearly.
Barbara was preceded in death by her brothers, Roger Bourque and Charles Bourque.
She is survived by her loving husband, Carl Hamilton; three wonderful children and their spouses: Anne Millhouse of Bozeman, Paul and Elizabeth Hamilton of Seattle, Wash., Ian and Lisa Hamilton of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and her 10 grateful grandchildren that were so positively impacted by their caring grandmother: Sean, Beth, Katie, Paul, Ashley, Nick, Chris, Rileigh, Olivia and Lucas. Barbara's very first great-granddaughter is on her way to this world and is in store for many stories about great-grandma as she cuddles up in one of Barb's lovingly-made hand-sewn quilts.
Barbara's life will be celebrated this spring, and services are to be announced.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2007