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1952 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
HAMILTON, Deborah Joan Giorgio

Deborah Joan Giorgio Hamilton, 61, of Gilmer, TX, passed away Jan 20.

She was born Nov. 7, 1952 in Broomall, PA. Deborah graduated from La Porte High School in La Porte, TX in 1970, and she learned about life and love and the true meaning of being a flowerchild in Austin, TX, and in the mountains and in various small towns of the desert in Eastern New Mexico in the 1970s.

Deborah was a cook at the original Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, and for years she worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents and special needs children and adults. In her later years she worked primarily in retail sales and direct sales.

Deborah is preceded in death by her birth father, Silvio Giorgio, and her mother, Clara Ann Reichert Sowell. She is survived by her husband, lover and friend of 35+ years, Donald K. Hamilton of Gilmer, TX, daughter Desiree Elizabeth of Gilmer, and son Deric Donald of Round Rock, TX. She is also survived by her sisters, Linda Mary Giorgio of Grapeland, TX and Beverly Giorgio of Crockett, TX, her step-father and Dad, Jerry P. Sowell of Crockett, her brother, Michael Lord of San Marcos, TX and her longtime family friend and sister in spirit, Selina Watkins of Gilmer, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends across the country.

Deborah lived a life full of joy and passion, learning to kayak as recently as October and demonstrating a warm, exuberant spirit until the end. She gained an immense talent for cooking from her mother, who learned from her in-laws, Deborah's grandmother and grandfather who were born in Italy. Deborah had a lifelong love of music and played both the guitar and the piano at different times in her life. She loved to sing throughout her life and was in various high school productions and church choirs.

A joyful celebration of Deborah's life will be held Saturday, Feb 1 at 4pm at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, TX, 109 College St.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014
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