Margaret ("Peggy") Hamilton

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Margaret ("Peggy") Hamilton

DALLAS, TX: On December 20, 2012, Margaret ("Peggy") Hamilton died peacefully in Dallas, Texas, eight months after celebrating her 100th birthday. She will be interred in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Peggy and Art Hamilton, her husband of 73 years, were long-time residents of Marion, having lived here from 1955 to 1958 and from 1961 to 1979.

During the first period, Art was on active duty in the Army and served as the commanding officer of the Marion Engineer Depot. Peggy superbly filled her role as the "First Lady" of the Depot, organizing many social events, both official and personal. She was an avid golfer, bowler, and bridge player and participated in many women's organizations.

Having enjoyed their time in Marion, the couple returned upon Art's retirement from the Army in 1961. Art joined Floyd Browne & Associates, Consulting Engineers, soon becoming its chairman. He and Peggy were active members of the Marion Country Club and Epworth Methodist Church and supported many charitable and youth organizations.

Typical of families at that time, Peggy assumed the primary responsibility for raising the couple's three sons and taking care of the household. She was well known for her cooking, sewing, and knitting skills.

Peggy was born in April, 1912, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of immigrant parents. As the result of the early death of her mother and her family's poverty, she had to drop out of school after the eighth grade. However, she taught herself over the years and was fond of pointing out that her well-educated sons "must have gotten some of their smarts from me!"

Peggy is survived by two sons, Roger of Portland, Oregon, and Russ, of Madison, Alabama. Russ and his wife Martha (Brickley) are Harding High graduates (1963 and 1967). Peggy is also survived by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, residing in the Dallas, Chicago, Denver, and Portland, Oregon, areas.

She was predeceased by husband Art in 2007; and by her oldest son Lee (wife Molly), a longtime resident of Dallas, who died in June, 2012.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Aria Funeral Home, 10116 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75238. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests contributions be made to the donor's .
Published in the The Marion Star on Jan. 13, 2013
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