Victoriana Hamilton, 87, passed away peacefully in her home in Lake City on December 22nd, 2012. She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1925 to parents Lucio Lopez Garcia and Melchora Ramos Salinas. Growing up as one of 13 children, she learned to make tortillas and postponed her education to support her brothers. As a young woman, she sang on the radio in Mexico, and then immigrated to the U.S. where she met and married her first husband, Bernard Stein, in 1945. They had four children together while living in Texas, and then another four after moving to Michigan. Despite financial difficulties after Bernard became ill, Vicky was determined to provide the best life possible for her family and worked hard as the sole income earner. On Thanksgiving Day in 1970, Bernard passed away and Vicky was left to care for her family alone. The hard times did not dampen Vicky's determination and she decided to continue her education, graduating from high school in 1972 with her daughter Moira. After five children had left for college, Vicky went to beauty school and became a beautician. She met and married William Hamilton in 1973, and then moved to Seattle to be near her children. Her marriage to Bill was happy but short; he died in 1976. Vicky supported herself by working as a beautician. She worked in a hair salon in Redmond, then in Northgate. She enjoyed the social aspect of her work, becoming friends with all of her coworkers and clients. She finally retired at age 75. For the last 20 years of her life, Vicky became very involved in her church. She taught Bible study in Spanish and was responsible for sending cards to congregation members for special events.
Throughout her life, Vicky always kept her positive attitude. She was a prayer warrior; she prayed for her family and friends with fervor. Every morning she would wake up and study the Bible and pray. She also liked playing games, particularly card games, and she especially loved it when she won. Her winning phrase was "I gotcha!" She will be remembered as a little lady with a big smile, full of love. She is survived by seven of her children; Toni, Mark, Linda, Moira, Paul, Jack, and Anne; Romola having preceded her in death. She had 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, December 27th at Lake City Baptist Church located at 2441 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA. Donations may be made to Lake City Baptist Church.