Londa Lee Hamilton
1965 - 2021
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Hamilton, Londa Lee 5/3/1965 - 4/12/2021 Kalamazoo Londa Lee Hamilton, age 55, sadly passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 after suffering a stroke on Friday, April 9, 2021. Londa was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 3, 1965, the daughter of Ronald Lee Hamilton and Helen Ruth (Hall) Hamilton. Her parents were surprised and extremely proud to have had identical twin daughters, Londa weighing 3 lbs, 7 oz and her twin, Linda Lou, weighing 4 lbs, 9 oz; after doctors initially told them that they were having a baby boy. They were mirror twins too, with Londa being left-handed and Linda being right handed. As toddlers, the twins shared their own unique language and had a very special bond, even during disagreements with each other, one could not be punished because they would always defend one another. When older, they referred to their favorite memories as their "Laverne and Shirley moments" where they laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes and could hardly breathe. Londa attended Kalamazoo Public Schools, graduating from Kalamazoo Central and took many classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University. She was a very smart and independent woman who succeeded in many vocations, her favorite employment positions being held at KVCC, The Hilton, West Main Movie Theater, Fetzer Institute, Bronson Pediatrics, Dermatalic, Borgess Pipp Hospital and WMU Bronco Express and Computer Science. Londa was currently a Driver for O'Reilly Auto Parts on Gull Road, she loved her job, co-workers, the people she met, and wanted to retire from there. She spoke often of her love and respect for Amanda Phillips, Manager, and Randy Lambrecht, District Manager. Londa was a kind, compassionate, and caring person with a beautiful soul, who always thought of friends and loved ones before herself. She loved people and was always protective over children and the elderly. Her favorite person on this planet was her niece Lillie, and Londa was hers, too. Their bond, friendship, advocacy for each other was insurmountable, Londa also became Aunt Londa to all of Lillie's friends. Londa was a special person to 21 month old Kallen Brossia, and his mom Samantha. Kallen could say Mom and Dad, however, he did not say any other family names yet, but he said and knew his "Onda". Londa maintained lifelong friendships from childhood, school, employment, boyfriends and even all of their families continued to stay in contact with her. Londa loved being outdoors in nature and going for walks, camping, traveling, spending days at the beach (especially Lake Michigan), riding motorcycles or just going for a drive (and don't ask to drive either). Londa participated in the Honor Flight Network, which escorts veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. She was paired with veteran Robert Erwin Mitchell of Niles, Michigan, they immediately bonded and loved each other. Londa had just recently found out that he had passed this year in January. Londa wasn't able to travel to all of the places she dreamed and desired to visit, she always wanted to go to Londa, Italy, New York City, and Greece, among many other places. Londa was known for her love of music and attended many concerts over the years. Some of her favorite genres were rock & roll, country, zydeco and religious hymns. A favorite musician of hers is Tommy Castro. Londa recently purchased a new van, and wanted her Tommy Castro bumper sticker moved over to the new vehicle. Londa was also a great painter and bargain shopper. Her house was always decorated extra cute with knick knacks, an abundance of magnets, and holiday decor. Londa loved all holiday celebrations, St Patrick's Day was especially her favorite because she loved clovers. She was a firm believer in Young Living Essential Oils and holistic health, because she wanted everyone to feel good and be happy. Throughout her life, Londa loved all animals and had many pets. She leaves behind her sweet pets, dog Norman (12 years old), cat Andy (18 years old), lovebird Lucy and betta fish Percy. Norman went everywhere with Londa and loved their car rides and daily walks. They were attached at the hip and best friends, all of Londa's pets will miss her so. Londa is preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Lillie Hamilton, Victor and Ruth Hall, her brother-in-law Rick Cyr, along with aunts, uncles, family members and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory, her parents, her sister Lillie Elaine Brady, brother Ronald Jeffrey Hamilton, and sister Linda Lou Hamilton; her nieces, Emily Elaine (Alejandro) Sandoval and Lillie Ruth Hamilton; great nieces Eleanora and Genevieve Sandoval, and many aunts, uncles, dozens of cousins and other extended family. As well as her best friends, whom Londa considered to be her family, Rindi Clawson, Dee Clawson, Ronna Bonneau and Larry Oetman. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will take place and a gathering to honor Londa's life will be scheduled for later on this spring. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice, supporting the elderly, children, or animals in Londa's name through the care of the funeral home. Please leave a condolence message and a favorite memory you shared with Londa in her guest book.


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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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May 6, 2021
Londa was amazing, kind, humble human, who will be greatly missed and now in the presence of the Lord where I will see her
Karen Baker “Perry”
Coworker
April 26, 2021
Londa was such a wonderful person. Very welcoming and always concerned for the well being of others. I was deeply saddened to hear this news. She will be greatly missed.
Stacy Sparks
Friend
April 25, 2021
To know Linda is to love her. She had soul qualities that radiated goodness, kindness, humor and sincerity. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My heartfelt condolences to her family and her extensive network of friends and coworkers. She was a gem extraordinaire and will be greatly missed.
Gail Weatherwax
Friend
April 25, 2021
Rest in sweet peace Londa! Thanks for the fun times we had at concerts, dancing, laughing, and your love for animals-especially helping take care of Shanti when Terry was in hospice!
Tami Stingley
Friend
April 24, 2021
Elaine I am so sorry for your pain. I am thinking and praying for you and your family.

Love Lana
Lana Stier
Friend
April 21, 2021
Londa has such a beautiful heart, loving and caring. She definitely loved her pets! She truly cares for her family even through the rough times. She mentioned many times of wishing the best for each one!
May peace fill our hearts, knowing she can now experience health and well-being in heaven.
Jill Slunick
Friend
April 20, 2021
My Beautiful friend. You are the best friend I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. My Sweet Friend. Much Love ❤
Mary Leonard Mennes
Friend
April 20, 2021
Mark and I are shocked and heartbroken to hear the sad news of our dear Londa’s passing. She was such a Kind gentle soul and caring individual! Last year she helped us care for Mark’s father before he passed with such compassion and Friendship beyond measure! Dad used to call her his Girl Friday❤ We will miss our Londa
Mark and Marcia Bommerscheim
Mark & Marcia Bommerscheim
Friend
April 18, 2021
I first met Londa when she became a caretaker for a very good friend of mine only to find that she grew up about a mile from my home and that she went to school with some of my children.
marlene Shon
Friend
April 18, 2021
I go way back with Londa and Linda, I won’t lie, as a young boy in elementary school I had a crush on both of them. I’m very saddened to hear of Londa’s passing and truly pass my condolences on to her family. Though communication with Londa was lost over the decades she still holds a place in my heart and memories. I look forward to seeing her again someday in paradise.
Duane Pankey
Friend
April 17, 2021
Londa you were taken from us too soon. Yet it looks like you lived and loved well. My love to Linda and family.
Radhika Sharma
Classmate
April 17, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to Londa. I hadn't seen Londa since we were in our early teens, however I remember her fondly. She had a zest for life and an easy smile. I am heartbroken for Linda and her family. Please know that I will keep all of you in my prayers. May you memories be blessings.
Martha Means Upjohn
Friend
April 17, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to Londa. Though I haven't seen Londa since we were young teens, I remember her fondly. Her smile and zest for life was always there. I am so deeply saddened for your loss. My heart goes out to Linda and all her family. I will keep you all in my prayers. May all your memories be blessings.
Martha Means Upjohn
Friend
April 17, 2021
To my friend Londa-we met at one of our favorite jobs- The Movies at West Main- and we are still best of friends 36 years later- you were my roommate at several places and we loved our favorite house on Village Street. You were the person who I spent the most time with over the years- I took you to see Tommy Castro for the first time and you said “hubba hubba”, got his autograph, bought a CD and gave him his first big Londa hug. At the state, we always stood right in front of the stage and danced. Tommy picked you to give his album to and I got you a record player to play it on. When we would go to concerts where everyone was sitting in assigned seats, we would end up jumping up and dancing in the aisles like we did in Marshall the last time we saw him together. You always said Tommy doesn’t want us to just sit here lol. We loved downtown Kalamazoo and spent endless days/nights throughout the years at festivals, the famous Mixers on the Mall, art hops and the art fairs, concerts at the State Theater and of course all of our favorites- Tibbs, Burdicks, Tap House, Old Peninsula, Old Dog, Taco Bobs among others but our favorite was the Union. We would call and make plans to meet when we heard one of our favorite bands were playing there. Parked at the courthouse with our Tommy Castro bumper stickers, walked to the bar, then if you had leftovers, you’d drop them off for the homeless guy that slept in the bus shelter on the way back to our cars. You loved Bronson Park and the Sunday concerts there. We did beer tours, went to fundraisers like the Got Okra at Louie’s, and shopped sidewalk sales. Every time you saw a dog you were there scratching its head “lovin on it” and saying “what a sweet baby!” Your favorite stop on the art hops was the art done by the disabled adults at MRC and you loved Amy Zanes shop. We loved St Patrick’s day and my favorite memory was our day drinking tour starting at O Duffys in our old neighborhood. Londa wanted to buy a house in downtown Kalamazoo and dreamed about that for a while. She loved the state theater and looked for the cute bartender to get drinks from- she talked to everyone she met and everyone got hugs. She was always pointing out a cute biker or some guy with long hair that smiled at her. We had marathon phone conversations and one of the last was just after Easter. I hate that COVID ended up shutting everything down the way it did. I had no idea that this year would have been your last. I don’t know what I’m going to do without having you in my life. I know you have been greeted by all of the animals in heaven and anyone who ever had the blessing of knowing you. I know you will be dancing beside me at the concerts and if you have the opportunity, send me a cute boy to dance with okay?
Brenda Graham
Friend
April 16, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the loss. Londa played an instrumental role in supporting us at WMU. A great person with helping hands, she is always in our memory.
Li Yang
Coworker
April 16, 2021
What a kind, sweet lady. Always willing to give a helping hand. We are heartbroken over Londa's sudden, unexpected passing. She will be greatly missed. Thank you Londa for the fond memories.
Becky and Russ Deaton
Friend
April 16, 2021
God rest your beautiful soul Londa!
It was a pleasure and honor to have known you.
I pray when I get to the other side I will find you again.
All the times we were together (including the very first time I met you) we clicked and enjoyed each others company!
I consider my life to be better because I knew you!
You will be missed!
David Michael Gless
Friend
April 16, 2021
Londa was always a pleasure to be around. Whether talking essential oils, listening to Blues, volunteering at festivals or just sharing some beer. I shall miss her smile. My heart goes out to all the family.
Vica Gutierrez
Friend
April 16, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. WMU Computer Science department will miss you always.
Ajay Gupta
Coworker
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