Beloved sweetheart and eternal companion of Robert Anderson Hamilton who predeceased her March 20, 2015; sister of Nancy Schaalje, and angel mother of Gayle (Richard Low), Robert (Patricia), Janice (D’Arcey West), Jeffrey (Donna), and Brent (Celeste), grandmother of 24, and great grandmother of 51, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the age of 88.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 1932, the third of five daughters born to William White McCormack, and Maude Watts Gibson Morrow. Predeceased by her parents, and sisters Mary (Allen Hicks), Kathleen, and Alice (Don Crawford.)
Mom’s childhood was delightful, her tales of summers at their Lake Simcoe cottage were magical; and we loved hearing about her Dad meeting WW II servicemen on the subway, and bringing them home for a home cooked meal. Those men remained friends long after the war. Family homes on Manor Road and Castlefield in Toronto etched in her mind happy memories of
working together, gardening, cooking, and cleaning; and playing together at the Allenby School playground, or skating on a neighbourhood rink.
Her introduction, and conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1950, brought much joy, peace, and hope for 70 years, and her testimony of the wonderful Plan of Happiness which she loved, has strengthened all her posterity.
Meeting the dashingly handsome 26 year old Robert Hamilton of Magrath, on February 1,1953, began a 62 year courtship!!…engaged the 21 March, and married in the Cardston Alberta Temple, 25 June 1953. Newlyweds moved to Picture Butte where Dad was employed by the Canadian Sugar Factory. Winters were spent in Logan while Dad attended Utah State University. Mom loved the adventure and while living on a dime, sewed, cooked and canned to support the little family, which had grown quickly…Gayle was born in 1954, Bob in 1955 and Janice arrived in 1957. 1961 we returned to Lethbridge to 3510 - 10 Ave A, our new home in the cul-de-sac where we all - but especially Mom, loved the neighbourhood full of instant best friends. Those friends then, are still friends today. Jeff was born in August of 1961, and Brent arrived in June of 1963. Our family was complete! Mom was a master at coordinating piano, accordion, trumpet lessons, as well as homework, newspaper routes, cubs, scouts, Church activities, and always had delicious, and nutritious meals prepared for the hungry mouths to feed!
Mom was passionate about: keeping a monthly balanced chequebook, the WordSearch, checking the Obituaries, getting her Income Tax completed almost the day the forms were available, a spitspot home, singing birthday telegrams to friends and family members, stunning views of sunrises, sunsets, ocean vistas, walking around Fairmont Lake or Henderson Lake, road trips anywhere, travel to distant places, and her most favourite of all were family gatherings - pool parties in the backyard, picnics, or gatherings at the West’s ranch; she loved watching the visiting, the singing and the laughing. Her Testimony of Jesus Christ and her sure knowledge that ‘Families can be Together Forever’ sustained her after our Dad passed.
Hallmarks of her 88 years can be summed up in three simple words, Family, Faith and Friendship.
As a family we thank you for the many genuine expressions of support and sympathy we have received.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home. The service will be live streamed beginning at 9:00am. Please see the LIVE STREAM link below.
Interment will take place in the Magrath Cemetery. Family invites friends to drive by the burial site beginning at 12:30 to pay their final respects.
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