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Susan H. Hamilton

Jackson

Susan Hayley Hall Hamilton, 50, died on Friday, October 5, 2012. Visitation will be at St. James' Episcopal Church from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012, with a memorial service immediately following visitation. Susan was born on July 24, 1962 to Penelope and Roger Hall and raised in Jackson. She began studying ballet at age six with Olga Hopkins. Through elementary school, she studied tap and jazz with Carolyn Hall. During high school, Susan was a Gayfer Girl, and a cheerleader at McCluer Academy. Susan received ballet and pointe instruction from Linda Scafidel for whom she became a student teacher. She received her degree in Fashion Merchandizing from Hinds Community College. While at Hinds, Susan danced with the Hinds High Steppers under the direction of Ann Bell and was Miss Hinds Beauty runner-up. After Hinds, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she taught dance to underprivileged children. Susan met her future husband, Paul Dotson Hamilton, in 1980. They were married in Jackson in 1982 before moving to Ocean Springs. Susan's pride and joy, Meredith Penelope, was born in Mobile, AL, in 1992. The Hamilton's returned to Jackson in 1995.

Susan spent many years as a Chanel Representative, later a Chanel Coordinator, while simultaneously enriching the lives of thousands of young dancers through her work as a teacher at Ballet Mississippi, Covenant School of the Arts, St. Richard's CASA program, Casey Elementary Dance Program and Prep Company. She fitted and encouraged thousands of young dancers at Jazzy Dancer and Dancing Divas. Helen Summerford and Lea Easley, owners of Dancing Divas, credit Susan with being the heart and soul of their store. "She was not only an employee, but one of our best friends. We will never forget all that she has done for us. She will be greatly missed." For the last sixteen years, Susan taught Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Foundations I and II to hundreds of young dancers at Ballet Mississippi. She portrayed Mother Ginger annually for many years in Ballet Mississippi's Nutcracker. Ballet Mississippi's Artistic Director, David Keary, remembers Susan, "The vision I will always have in my mind, along with her extraordinary funny wit and great attitude, is of Susan bending over to care for one of her little students - loving, kind, nurturing and being herself…Even with the older dancers she was always encouraging and guiding them. She was so loved and I cannot express how much we will miss Susan." Susan is survived by her husband of thirty years, Paul Dotson Hamilton; her daughter, Meredith Penelope Hamilton; her sister Leslie Hall King (Greg) of Leesburg, VA; Leslie's daughter, Hayley Marie Craft, and Hayley's son, John Cameron, also of Leesburg; Dennis and Diane Hall of Meridian, MS; and Sonny Hall of Jackson, Ms. She was preceded in death by her parents Penelope Dickson and Roger Clint Hall of Salisbury, NC; her aunt, Pamela Weeks Dickson of Fort Worth, TX, and her uncle Jerry Hall of Jackson, MS. Ballet Mississippi is dedicating this year's performance of The Nutcracker to Susan's memory, and is in the process of establishing the Susan Hall Hamilton Scholarship for Jackson's youngest dance hopefuls. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the scholarship.

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Published in Clarion Ledger from Oct. 7 to Oct. 11, 2012
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