Sara Catherine Botsford Hamilton Steiner, of Williamsburg, flew away home to meet her heavenly Father on Sept. 11, 2012. Sara Catherine was born on June 3, 1920 in Titusville, Fla. She spent her childhood years in Washington, D.C. She was a graduate of Western High School and National Park College. On December 18, 1942 she married Jacob Roger Hamilton, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.|
Upon his return from the war, they started their family with the addition of twins, Jacob Roger, Jr. and Joanne Catherine. While Roger pursued a military career, Sara Catherine set up house. Soon there was an additional son, Norman Botsford. In 1956, their dream life was cut short with the tragic death of Roger.
Sara Catherine raised all three children as a single mom while working as a receptionist at the Newport News School System. In 1970, after all her children had graduated from college, she married Lt. Colonel Mahlon "Lynn" Steiner. They lived in Newport News until her retirement in 1984, when they moved to Kingsmill on the James. They were members of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.
Lynn and Sara Catherine moved to Patriots Colony at Williamsburg when it first opened. There they enjoyed their life together until his passing in 2005. In her final years, Sara Catherine continued her residency at Patriots Colony and was surrounded by friends and family when she made her final trip home.
Sara Catherine will be remembered for her many fine qualities. One of her greatest gifts was the ability to make the people around her feel as if they were the most important people in the world. Her family remembers that love was always in abundance in her home. Sara Catherine had a compassionate spirit for all she met, and was always positive and full of life. Her gracious manner and sense of style serve as a role model for us all. She always had the right thing to say whether she was being a daughter, mother, wife, sister, grandmother, or friend. Sara Catherine shared love with everyone, asking nothing in return. In the Dictionary of Life, Sara's picture is next to the word "lady".
Sara Catherine was preceded in death by her father, Captain Norman Botsford and her mother, Edna Botsford, her brother, Lieutenant Colonel Norman Botsford, Jr., her husbands, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Hamilton and Lieutenant Colonel Lynn Steiner, an infant son, and stepson, Robert Steiner.
She is survived by her three children, Colonel Roger Hamilton, Jr. and wife, Mary Margaret; Joanne Curtis and husband Ronald; Norman Hamilton and wife, Dona Jo; and two stepchildren, Mary Steiner and Mike Steiner and wife, Janet. Sara Catherine had six grandchildren, Roger Hamilton, III, Scott Hamilton; Brian Curtis and wife, Kristine; Wendy Baker and husband, Brad; Wynne Barnwell and husband, James; Clayton Hamilton; as well as two step-grandchildren, Dawne Benskin and Stephanie Steiner. Rounding out Sara Catherine's loving family are three great-grandchildren, Mason and Jacob Baker and Sophie Curtis.
A memorial service to honor her life was held in the Grand Hall at Patriot's Colony at Williamsburg, 6000 Patriots Colony Lane, Williamsburg on Friday, September 14 at 11:00 AM, with a reception following the service. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Salvation Army or The Wounded Warriors Project in her name. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Sept. 13 to Oct. 12, 2012