Our beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother Margaret Jean Schroeder Hamilton, 96, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at her home in Butte, Montana.
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She was born on Sept. 21, 1918, in Butte, as the only child to Clarence and Pearl Schroeder. Her father died when she was 3 years old, so she was raised by her mother.
She attended Butte Public Schools and in 1936 graduated from Butte High School then went on to attend Montana State College in Bozeman graduating in 1940 with a teaching certificate. Her first teaching assignment moved her to Antelope, Montana. She then returned to Bozeman and taught at Gallatin County High School though 1947. During that time, she rekindled a relationship with Butte native, Eugene Hamilton, a Montana Power Company electrician. They were married at St. John's Episcopal Church on Aug. 22, 1948, and shared 68 years of marriage together.
In 1962, Gene and the family transferred to Bozeman with Montana Power. Here Margaret spent the summers renewing her Teaching Certificate, and substitute taught school ... sometimes at the same school and classroom of her sons! The family returned to Butte in the fall of 1968. She became a full time math teacher at East Junior High for 14 years. Both Gene and Margaret retired in 1981.
Retirement allowed for attending many more MSU football games, bus trips with MPCo. couples and friends, a horse pack trip and North Fork River float in the Bob Marshall. Many excursions to Europe, Australia and New Zealand with their closest friends. Numerous trips into the nearby cabin where she never forgot her smore makings.
Margaret was a master seamstress, following in her mother's footsteps who was a dressmaker at her uptown shop. She was an excellent cook, making the best pasties in Butte. She also made everyone's favorite huckleberry-oatmeal cookies, and her traditional ham-loaf for picnics.
She was pretty much sharp as a tack right up to the end. Even with macular eye limitations, nothing went on "unseen" by Margaret!
For many years she was very active in her beloved MSU(C) sorority, AOPi. She also was busy with the Golden West Garden club, PEO, Eastern Star and Bridge Club. All through her life she was a very active member of the Christian Science Church.
She loved the color purple, butterflies, hummingbirds, shooting stars (both the wildflower and the skies) dogs and cats.
More than anything she loved God and her family. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her husband Gene Hamilton of Butte. Son Rob Hamilton, Gay Hamilton of Bozeman, granddaughters Hailey of Red Lodge, Dawn of Bozeman. Son David (Marie) Hamilton of Three Forks, grandson Mathew of Glen.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Friday, July 24th at 10 a.m. in Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Andersen officiating.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Margaret's Family.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 23, 2015