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Sidney Raye Hamilton

Funeral services for Sidney Raye Monroe Hamilton, 86, of Houston, Texas will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 623 Highway 80 East, Monroe, Louisiana, with Reverend Bruce Rux officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, Monroe, Louisiana.

Mrs. Hamilton was born June 1, 1926 in West Monroe, Louisiana and passed away February 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

His little 'pink rose' (as he would call her) was preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph Benton Hamilton, her parents Edna Raye Heider Monroe and Sidney James Monroe and her sister Mary Ann Monroe Moncrief.

Sidney Raye grew up in West Monroe, Louisiana and graduated from Ouachita Parish High School. She then attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (now Louisiana Tech University), earning a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. While attending Tech, she was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega. Following graduation from Tech, she taught elementary school in Monroe. Sidney Raye left Monroe and moved to New Orleans where she lived for 30 years to raise her family. She then moved to Houston with her husband to be near her family.

Our southern belle loved and adored her family, her close friends and sincerely cherished time with them. She found much pleasure in live theatre, concerts, museums and movies. She 'loved' chocolate, family barbecues, crawfish boils, and any excuse to go back home to indulge in New Orleans cuisine. The few years spent as a travel agent lead her to a lifetime flying or cruising to all corners of the world. Sidney Raye was a beloved member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas since 1995.

As a young woman, she enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, and looked forward to a challenging game of bridge. She was just as at home dining at the Four Seasons as she was enjoying her daddy's fried catfish on Lake St. John.

Our "Grandmommy" was a woman who loved fine fashion, late night television, sleepovers, and her notorious "three-hour-coffee-talks" in the morning. She was a woman who could say a thousand words with a simple look.

Sidney Raye Hamilton was also very active in her retirement community taking day trips and joining in on other fun and exciting functions with many special friends. Her gift to all was that she made everyone she met feel very special and was truly interested in them. She would never forget a birthday or that important event of yours. You always knew she cared.

We will miss her sweet smile, soft voice and cute laugh. We'll miss her kisses and big hugs. We will miss watching her cuddle her little great granddaughter Maggie. We will miss the famous 'Monroe' good-bye wave standing at her front door with that big smile as you pulled out her driveway. We will deeply miss her!

John 14:27 Peace I leave you, my Peace I give to you.

Rest in peace Sidney Raye! God Bless you. We love you!

Survivors include her children: James Marion Rhodes and wife Cindy, Suzanne Raye Rhodes Hatcher and husband John; two grandchildren, Stephanie Michelle Rhodes Lowe and husband James Michael, and Allison Ashley Rhodes; one great granddaughter Margaret 'Maggie' Anne Lowe all of Houston, Texas; niece, Mary Ashley Moncrief Daw and husband Andrew Keith of Jacksonville; nephew, Clay Moncrief and partner Brian Northcutt of Monroe; aunts, Lucille Shaner of Orlando, and Irene Case of Monroe; a large and loving extended family including cousin Emma Jean King Goslin of Olla; treasured family friends Doretha Hughes of Monroe and Michael Scott Caravantes of Houston.

Visitation will be from 12 noon until service time at Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum chapel in Monroe.

Reception following funeral will be held at the Bayou DeSiard Country Club, 3501 Forsythe Ave, Monroe, LA 71201. (318) 323-5136

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Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Road

Monroe, LA

Published in The News Star on Feb. 22, 2013
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