JEANETTE "GAGAM" HAMILTON

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Jeanette Hamilton, age 85, a lifelong resident of Skagit Valley passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Burton Care Center, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 5, 1925 in Mount Vernon the daughter of Sherman and Hazel (Moore) Fox.

Jeanette graduated form Mount Vernon High school with the class of 1943. She marred Samuel V. Hamilton, 1949 in Mount Vernon. She worked as a telephone operator and they owned Sam Hamilton Transfer and she served as bookkeeper. She was self-employed as a seamstress throughout her life.

Jeanette loved spending her free time playing SkipBo with her best friend Reta Woodard. She always had a card night with her friends. She enjoyed dancing on Saturday nights at the granges. She also enjoyed crafts, photography, and she worked at Daco Photo shop doing photo tinting in downtown Mount Vernon. She enjoyed oil painting, sewing, cooking, baking and reading, and she belonged to five book clubs. She enjoyed gardening and raising African Violets. Jeanette's Chinese Silkie chickens helped her with gardening, running in front of her to scratch up the garden dirt. She belonged to the women's Garden Club. She donated countless toys to kids in need. Jeanette enjoyed the beaches on the Oregon coast, and Lincoln City was her favorite city on the Oregon coast. She also enjoyed spending time at their property at Birch Bay for weekend get aways. Jeanette loved bird watching and she never missed the Price Is Right game show. She collected dolls, her favorite one was a 3' Shirley Temple doll. She also enjoyed her cats and she ALWAYS had a full cookie jar.

Jeanette is survived by her daughter, Barbara Thorp and her husband Terry of Burlington; granddaughter, Christine Morin of Mount Vernon, grandson, Ryan "Bubba" Thorp of Mount Vernon; greatgranddaughter, Jena Hayes and her husband David of Burlington; great grandsons, Tony Martini and Dylan Morin both of Mount Vernon; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence Hayes of Burlington.

She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel V. Hamilton and her parents.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, 2:00pm at First Christian Church, 900 Skagit Street, Mt. Vernon with Reverend Steve Coleman officiating. Jeanette will be laid to rest with her husband Samuel at the Mount Vernon Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorials in memory of Jeanette may be given to the Cancer Care Center c/o Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 E. Kincaid Street, Mt.Vernon, WA 98274.

A very special thank you to Burton Care Center, you're caring and support was amazing. Jeanette called it her home and had a wonderful bond with Verna and Belinda, but she called everyone her family.

You may share memories of Jeanette and sign her online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome. com.

Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Mar. 8, 2011
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