Clara Hamilton, 89, of Woodyatt, Ont., passed away Sunday, June 17, 2001 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Clara was born Feb. 26, 1912 in Arbakka, Man. to the late Charles and Carrie Whitehead. Clara moved to the Woodyatt area around 1920 with her father and siblings.
She was united in marriage Dec. 3, 1930 to the late William (Bill) Hamilton, who predeceased her Oct. 18, 1990.
Clara and Bill made their home on the Hamilton farm in Woodyatt, where she remained until her passing. Clara was an avid gardener who took great pride and pleasure in her flowers.
Her fondest pastimes were the family gatherings where everyone took turns at a hand of cards in her favourite game, 500, and watching birds flock to her feeders outside her livingroom window.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.
She is survived by two sons, David and wife, Darlene, of Devlin, Ont., and Bruce and wife, Lynn, of Fort Frances, Ont.; one daughter, Norma and husband, Frank Lundy, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; one daughter-in-law, Carol Hamilton of Winnipeg, Man.; 11 grandchildren, Garry Lundy, Ann Gill, Shawn Hamilton, Jennifer Biasiol, Douglas Lundy, Debbie Schaum, William (Billy) Hamilton, Laura Hamilton, Cheryl McEvoy, Valerie Hamilton, and Justin Hamilton; and 13 great-grandchildren, Jaclyn and David Gill, Tanna Audette, Tyson Gill, Jessie Schaum, Cailee Lundy, Carly Schaum, Conar Hamilton, Cameron Lundy, Ryhlie Biasiol, Madeleine Hamilton, Ryan Biasiol, and Logan Hamilton.
Also surviving is one sister, Ethel and husband, Russell McFarland, of Langley, B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clara was predeceased by one grandson, Gordon Hamilton on Oct. 3, 1985; brothers, Aaron, Henry, Benjamin, and infant brother, Dearius; and her sister, Ella Hyatt.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Frances Flook officiated, with interment in the Emo Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Garry Lundy, Doug Lundy, Shawn Hamilton, Billy Hamilton, and Justin Hamilton, grandson-in-law, Carl Schaum, and granddaughters, Ann Gill, Jennifer Biasiol, Debbie Schaum, Laura Hamilton, Cheryl McEvoy, and Valerie Hamilton.
The honourary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Guthrie United Church, c/o Ethel Bujold, Devlin, Ont., P0W 1C0, or to a charity of your choice.