Dorothy "Dotty" Hamilton-Deacon

Hamilton-Deacon, Dorothy "Dotty" TAVARES, Fla. Dorothy "Dotty" Hamilton-Deacon (nee Richter) went into the arms of the Lord on December 11, 2012 surrounded by her loving family after a coura geous battle with ocular melanoma cancer. She was born on April 20, 1934 in Philadel phia, Pa. to the late Elwood H. and Eleanor (Fink) Richter and was preceded in death by her sister, Eleanor; brother, Elwood W. Richter and brother-in-law, Eugene Sobota. Dotty leaves behind her loving husband of 28 years, Gerald "Jerry" C. Deacon and spent most of their recent years living in Upstate N.Y. (Lake George) in the summer and Tavares, Fla. in the winter. Her greatest pride and joy was her family and husband Jerry, and she was the happiest when she was surrounded by them - her son, Joseph S. Hamilton and his wife Donna, Dottie Vonk and her husband Steve; grandchildren, Matthew and Brian Hamilton and Justin and Shannon Vonk. She also leaves behind her sister, Joan M. Sobota of Cinnaminson N.J. and sister-in-law, Agnes Richter of Southhampton, N.J. Also many nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many dear friends. Before retiring, Dotty was employed by various companies in Albany N.Y. in the administrative and executive secretarial field - the last being Trans World Entertainment. She volunteered for organizations that support the Shriner's Hospital for Children. She was past president of the Lake Shrine Ladies Auxiliary, past president of Crescent Club ("Daughters of the Nile")_and was named the Lake Shrine Ladies Auxiliary Lady of the Year in 2008. She coordinated many fundraisers and fashion shows, doing the commentary and modeling. In her Royal Harbor community, she was a "Red Hatter", enjoyed playing bunco with the girls and modeled for the Woman's Club Fashion Shows. She also enjoyed being with her "Red Hat" group and all her friends during the summer in Lake George. She was a faithful member of Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church in Eustis, Fla. where Father Woody and her extended family of parishioners offered her spiritual inspiration, guidance and friendship throughout her struggle with cancer. A memorial service will be held shortly at the Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 S. Bay St., Eustis, FL 32726. Interment will be held at a later date at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetary, 200 Duell Road, Saratoga N.Y. Donations can be made in memory of Dotty to Daughters of the Nile Foundation, 6705 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 for the Children's Endowment Fund or Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, 1724 S. Bay St., Eustis, FL 32726.

Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 15, 2012