Marlene J. Hamilton
1934 - 2020
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Hamilton, Marlene J. Kalamazoo Marlene Janet Hamilton, a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away on August 9, 2020. She was born to Beryl and Jane (Mulder) Hamilton on November 23, 1934 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the second oldest of seven siblings. Marlene was a gifted seamstress and had been employed by Ingling Brothers, Mrs. Ford's Fashion, and Three River's Furs. She also had a love of crafts which included crocheting baby blankets and sewing Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. There are many babies and children throughout the United States who have enjoyed Marlene's creations. Marlene loved making banana bread and generously distributed samples to her customers. The neighborhood children often were treated with Tootsie Pops, and the neighborhood dogs wagged their tails the minute they saw Marlene in anticipation of a doggie treat. Marlene was a kind, giving, and gentle lady. Marlene was preceded in death by her father, mother and half-sister, Janet Blesch. She leaves behind her daughter, Cindy Hyde, her granddaughter, Morgan (Justin) Hyde, and Jeremy Harness, a young man who called her grandma, her brothers, James Hamilton and Ronald (Molly) Hamilton, her sisters, Joyce King, Beverly Clay, Shirley (Ronald) Ruster, and Carol (John) Whitehead, along with many nieces and nephews. Marlene was a member of the gracespring Bible Church. A graveside service will be held at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park South, 3941 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Donations to Marlene's memory may be made to gracespring Bible Church or to Kairos Dwelling Home. To view Marlene's personalized webpage please visit

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Published in Kalamazoo Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2020.
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August 15, 2020
My mom was the most generous, giving person I have ever known. Her sewing talents were amazing , whether it was something simple or a wedding dress, or a mink coat, I remembered she even made a flag for someone in the military, and my daughters Barbie did have a mink coat.but the crafts were her favorite. Her heart and soul went into everything she did. She got so much joy making a doll for someone. Even for people she never got to meet. She was so happy making others happy.
May the lord walk hand and hand with you Mom.
Cindy Hyde
August 13, 2020
My grandma was a wonderful person who loved everyone she treated everyone like family she always on the bright side of things she didnt like to think negative. My grandma had a great sense of humour and boy did she love to chitchat.. I miss her
August 13, 2020
Marlene was a wonderful person and Aunt. I loved all the dolls and toys and blankets she made for me and my children. I especially liked the satin lined baby blankets and a special Kanga and Roo stuffed toy set she made. Wishing her family peace in knowledge of her long and good life.
Roberta McKean-Cowdin
August 11, 2020
Marlene was a gifted seamstress. When the dress shop closed where my Mom used to shop, (I think it was Ruby's Apparel on Portage Rd), Marlene was a blessing to us. She made several beautiful dresses for her during the 10 years Mom lived in Michigan with us and Mom was laid to rest in her favorite one❤
Linn Crutcher
August 10, 2020
Cindy,Morgan and the whole Hamilton family our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Marlene was so sweet and did a beautiful job making baby blankets cheerleading outfits and of course the sweet raggedy Ann dolls. I will always treasure the talks we had. Rest in peace sweet dear lady.
Cheri Bouchard
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